22 Jump Street
Think sequels are usually dumber, bigger knockoffs of the original movie? Jonah Hill does too. So he and co-story writer Michael Bacall penned the follow-up to 2012’s 21 Jump Street with a healthy dose of self-awareness, sending cops Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) on an undercover mission at a college. “We acknowledge right off the bat that quote-unquote second missions are always worse and more expensive,” says Hill. “The Jump Street movies are purely for enjoyment, but if we can sneak in a middle finger to the idea of what we’re doing, it’s always more fun.” The movie also tests Schmidt and Jenko’s bond when they broaden their horizons and make new friends at school. Or as Hill puts it, “It’s about what happens when you go to college with your hometown honey.” —Adam Markovitz
Melissa McCarthy plays a tough Midwesterner who, reeling from the loss of her waitressing job and the shock of her husband’s affair, hits the highway with her fastidious grandmother (a very aged-up Susan Sarandon). McCarthy and her real-life husband, Ben Falcone, wrote the script, inspired by their own close relationships with their grandmothers. “The story is in the Bridesmaids-y vein,” says Falcone (who also directed), “where people go through stuff that is really, really funny, but there’s also a lot of vulnerability.” —Karen Valby
Dumb & Dumber To
Two decades after they were unleashed on unsuspecting audiences in 1994’s smash Dumb & Dumber, the dim-witted duo of Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) are finally back on screen. Why the long wait? Directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly took their time making sure the sequel’s script — which sets the buddies on the road to find Harry’s long-lost daughter — captured the first film’s brilliant inanity. “It was a high bar,” says Peter Farrelly. “We didn’t want Dumb & Dumber Lite.” —Josh Rottenberg
A young couple (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) with a newborn move next door to a frat house. Alas, the brothers aren’t interested in babysitting.
Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler reunite in a comedy about single parents thrust together at a family resort.
A Million Ways to Die in the West (5/30)
Seth MacFarlane hopes to set some saddles ablaze with his quick-draw comedy-Western starring Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, and himself.