Michael Bacall

Summer comedies can be funny ... and smart

Summer comedies can be funny ... and smart

When it's hot, as in summertime hot, it can feel like your brain doesn't work right. Which may partly explain why the summer is such a peak season for stupid movies, the sorts of loud, outsized, clanging behemoths that people mean when they typically refer negatively to "Hollywood."

The recent successful opening — the official industry-speak term I believe is "boffo" — for the comedy sequel "22 Jump Street" points to something else. Just as it's fun sometimes to watch things blow up, it is also fun just to laugh. In its ambitious scale the new "Jump Street" bears comparisons to films such as "The Blues Brothers" or...

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