Thankfully, a similarly immature film, 21 Jump Street, arrived this weekend to remind us all that stupid teenage comedies can, in fact, still be funny. Everyone's boy Jonah Hill, a young person's comedy icon since the glorious Superbad days, leads Jump Street to unprecedented levels of "wow, that was actually pretty funny"-ness.
Still, if anything is to be gleaned from the previews shown at Jump Street, Hollywood is in for a regression this summer. Let's look quickly at a few of the movies aimed at teen males slated for debuts later this year:
American Reunion (April 6)
Anyone who saw Bruno knows Sacha Baron Cohen is, brilliance of Borat aside, prone to going way over the top to get a few decent chuckles and a lot of exasperated sighs and rolled eyes. Who's to think we're not in for more of the same when the scene in the Dictator preview that draws the most positive reaction is that of a woman karate chopping a brick in half with her oversized breast? If the trailer is any indicator, this potentially hilarious concept was just mailed in to pander to the lowest common denominator.
That's My Boy (June 15)
Honestly, just look at the still image for the video preview. That's really all you need to know about That's My Boy, the Adam Sandler redemption vehicle that no one asked for after walking out of Jack and Jill after 15 minutes. Andy Samberg, he of Dick in the Box and Jizz In My Pants fame (just read those titles and think about what the world is coming to), will almost surely be put to waste as the straight man to Sandler's unfunny drunk party animal in this tremendous regret of a movie.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (June 22)
This is more of a stretch in the sense that 20th Century Fox may see Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter as possessing tremendous mass-market appeal, but it's going to end up being a niche teen male thing because, honestly, who else is stupid enough to pony up the money to see this? The layering of serious Lincoln rhetoric over weird computer rendered vampires vs. 19th century soldiers fight scenes is comical. Sadly, the intended effect of Vampire Hunter is not one of humor.
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