Jonah Hill Slanders Back To The Future While Talking 21 Jump Street
There are a lot of things to like about the way Jonah Hill has handled his planned 21 Jump Street movie-- hiring Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller chief among them. But I simply can't get on board for one simple, trivial reason: talking about the film to Coming Soon, Hill gratuitously and incorrectly compared it to Back to the Future.
Seriously, read this paragraph and tell me what's wrong with it:
"It's a group of people that go back to high school to deal with a drug problem. To deal with crime in high school. I really love the "Back to the Future" moment of that where it's getting to relive a certain period of your life... It's a comedy with really cool action."
Dude, Jonah. At no point does Marty McFly ever relive a portion of his life-- he is living his own life at the same time as his parents, his great-grandparents, and his future self. Perhaps the reference you are looking for is Freaky Friday, in which a mom remembers what it's like to be in high school, or Never Been Kissed, in which Drew Barrymore revives her geeky high school persona. The name of Back to the Future should not, and will not, be invoked in connection to this movie. I won't stand for it.
You can read everything else Hill had to say about the movie, including calling it "a John Hughes movie with Bad Boys-style action," over at Coming Soon-- if you still trust him, that is. Having used Marty McFly's name in vain, though, I'm not sure I'll ever trust him again.
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