MMI: 21 Jump Street
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a ton of conversations with friends about what it would be like being back in high school now. Knowing what we know now. Wouldn’t things be...better? And that’s exactly what Jonah Hill gets. Better. And he’s getting to enjoy a bunch of things for the first time. And he’s...so happy. And what’s making him happy is so simple: validation. And validation is, I’m convinced, the root cause for everything we do. It’s the reason I’m writing this right now. Self-validation, sure. But also because I want someone to be like “He’s right!” and then tell me I’m right. Why do you do the things you do? What was I talking about? Oh. Jonah Hill is getting the sort of validation he’s never received before. Kindness from his peers. Sure, he’s much older than these kids. But they’re still his peers. The movie reminds me how simple it is to be happy and to make other people happy.
Cinema Beans: Starry Starry Night
Not even the director's bloated ego can ruin this tale of childhood fragility and self-discovery, which is full of honest caricatures depicting young love and infectious performances from two dynamite child actors. It does a wonderful job of painting the innocence a child holds and the weight of responsibility that can fall on his or her shoulders. It's both light and heavy, and relevant to anyone who had a less than warm childhood.