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Hollywood is Immune to Parody: 'Muppets' Director Making '21 Jump Street'/'Men in Black' Crossover

By Genevieve Burgess | Industry | March 5, 2016 |

By Genevieve Burgess | Industry | March 5, 2016 |

Occasionally Hollywood makes movies that cause us to marvel at the creativity and sensitivity of the creators and performers working there. And then sometimes they prove that they come up with ideas by cutting out the names of successful franchises and sticking them next to each other until they’re so exhausted that something makes sense. And so we have a 21 Jump Street and Men in Black crossover being directed by the guy who did the Muppets movies featuring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum but not Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones

I probably hold more fondness for the original Men in Black than is strictly healthy, but it’s kind of a gem of a movie. Also it introduced me to the idea that “a person is smart, people are dumb, panicky animals and you know it.” which has colored my perception of the world ever since I first heard it and is still just as true now as it was then. But I can’t see how the world of 21 Jump Street can cross over with Men in Black since the 21 Jump Street concept is that they’re undercover as students. I don’t know that sending Charming Potato and Jonah Hill undercover as aliens is anything any of us want to see.

I will say that the part of this that makes sense is that someone who has directed a Muppets movie probably has a good sense of the practical effects needed to make a Men in Black movie work. Some CGI is fine, but the creatures that were practical costumes or puppets looked a lot better than the ones that were computer animated. And the interactions with the actors were overall more natural also. So that’s a sliver of good planning in the midst of something that sounds like a joke that somehow escaped the studio executive’s planning session and became real.

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Genevieve Burgess is a Features Contributor for Pajiba. You can follow Genevieve Burgess on Twitter.