Next Weekend’s Warriors

It’s a young guy’s world at the box office starting the March 16th weekend, as two sets of new Hollywood talent collide.

First, there’s 21 Jump Street with Jonah Hill — fresh off an Oscar nomination — and Channing Tatum — fresh off starring in what seems like every other movie released in the last month.

Then there’s Jeff, Who Lives at Home featuring two TV stars who clearly have also made the move into feature films — The Office‘s Ed Helms and How I Met Your Mother‘s Jason Segal.

Both films will get the Smackdown treatment against other contenders on the site.

21 Jump Street

A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring. [IMDB]

In the action-comedy 21 Jump Street, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are more than ready to leave their adolescent problems behind. Joining the police force and the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go undercover in a local high school. As they trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, Schmidt and Jenko risk their lives to investigate a violent and dangerous drug ring. But they find that high school is nothing like they left it just a few years earlier — and neither expects that they will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind. [SONY Pictures]

We think:  Jonah Hill’s heat from a successful SNL hosting gig and Channing Tatum’s heat from God-knows-where will make this the main attraction of the weekend.

Critic Eric Volkman will be be Smacking it this way:  21 Jump Street (2012) -vs- The Other Guys (2010).

Jeff, Who Lives at Home

Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife. [IMDB]

Jeff, Who Lives at Home is an indie comedy film starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms, directed and written by Jay and Mark Duplass and co-starring Judy Greer and Susan Sarandon. The film premiered on September 14, 2011 at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. The film is about two brothers, Jeff and Pat (played by Segel and Helms, respectively), one a 30 year-old still living in his parents’ basement, the other struggling with a failed marriage. [Wiki]

We think:  This will be one of those films that is funny and heartfelt and will appeal to a lot of people (eventually) but will get swamped at the box-office by the studio marketing power, brand name and heat of 21 Jump Street.

Critic Art Tiersky will be Smacking it this way:  Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2012) -vs- I Love You Man (2009).

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