CATEGORIES Movie NewsIf you're into buddy cop stories based on '80s television programs, then this weekend will be right up your alley.
Opening in theaters nationwide is "21 Jump Street." Based on the popular TV show that ran from 1987-1991, "Street" will be facing some tough competition from "The Lorax." The Dr. Seuss tale has wracked up $130 million since its opening, good enough for two straight No. 1 spots.
Can an R-rated comedy take on a family-friendly animation flick? Let's take a look in Moviefone's Weekend Movie Preview.
"21 Jump Street"
What's the story: Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star as Schmidt and Jenko, two police officers fresh out of the police academy. However, after they screw up an arrest, they are forced to join Jump Street -- an undercover team that sends young-looking cops into high schools to take down student drug rings. Unfortunately, when Schmidt and Jenko head back to 12th grade, they discover that a lot has changed since they were last there.
Box office prediction: R-rated comedies tend to have a difficult time attracting major numbers. However, this film has two big advantages: Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, both of whom have a sizable fan base. With the diminishing "Project X" its closest competition genre-wise, expect "21 Jump Street" to rack in a decent amount this weekend. $27 million
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Strangely enough, Will Ferrell's new comedy "Casa de Mi Padre," will only be in 380 theaters -- probably because it's all in Spanish (no, really). For mumblecore/Jason Segel/Ed Helms fans, there's the Duplass' brothers "Jeff, Who Lives At Home." Another star-filled flick, "Seeking Justice," with Nicolas Cage and January Jones, is also in limited release, as is the badly awesome (or awesomely bad) dance film "The FP." Those looking for more serious fare may be interested in the education drama "Detachment," with Adrien Brody.