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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/16/2012

New movies: ‘21 Jump Street,’ ‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home’


Channing Tatum, left, and Jonah Hill star in "21 Jump Street." (Scott Garfield - AP)
This week, a pair of movies about men in a stunted state of development hits area theaters. The first, “21 Jump Street,” is a take on the 1980s television series and stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. The second, “Jeff, Who Lives at Home,” stars Jason Segel as a 30-year-old who lives in his mother’s basement. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:


21 Jump Street” (R) “...What ensues is less a cool action flick reminiscent of Johnny Depp's ‘21 Jump Street’ than a role-reversal comedy full of good-natured jokes and sight gags, which include Schmidt's pathetic attempt to imitate Eminem in the movie's opening high school flashback and a climactic car chase during which Hill is wearing a Peter Pan costume and Tatum is dressed as a molecule, complete with pompoms stuck to his shirt.” — Ann Hornaday


Jeff, Who Lives at Home” (R) “Seen through one lens, ‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home’ can be interpreted as an aimless, easygoing wish fulfillment fantasy for underachievers everywhere; seen through another, it's a numb, naturalistic group portrait of unresolved grief. Either way, with its shambling, felicitously contrived structure and Fellini-esque climax, it's some kind of Jungian slacker fable.” — Ann Hornaday


Chico and Rita” (Unrated) “Like a lot of you, I went, ‘Huh?’ when the films ‘Chico & Rita’ and ‘A Cat in Paris’ popped up among the nominees for best animated feature during this year's Oscars telecast, along with ‘Kung Fu Panda 2,’ ‘Puss in Boots’ and ‘Rango.’ As it turns out, ‘Chico & Rita,’ at least, is a pure delight, a keenly affecting, visually ravishing tale.” — Michael O’Sullivan


The Turin Horse” (Unrated) “The apocalypse cannot be rushed in the black-and-white Hungarian film ‘The Turin Horse,’ an intentionally monotonous look at the lives of a farmer and his daughter. Strange events signal the end is nigh, but it approaches at the pace of a lethargic inchworm.” — Stephanie Merry


Casa de Mi Padre” (R) “It's perfect for a short clip on FunnyorDie.com. Padded out to feature length, with a bunch of other slight and unmemorable laughs, it wears thin.” — Michael O’Sullivan

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