March 11, 2012 at 1:20 PM ET
Need to laugh? This is your week. Both "21 Jump Street" and "Casa de mi Padre" offer laughs aplenty. It's also a great week to stay home and watch TV or pop in a new DVD. Here's our look at the week ahead in entertainment.
If you remember "21 Jump Street" from the 1980s, and have been complaining that Hollywood needs to stop rehashing old plots, think again. The movie version of the classic show is that rare time when a Hollywood reboot works -- it's just hilarious. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum play the babyfaced cops who go undercover at a high school to detemine who's making and selling a new designer drug. And yes, original "Jump Street" star Johnny Depp has a lengthy and fabulous cameo. It's funny, but not right for the very young -- swearing is constant, and there's drug use and some sexual scenes. (Opens March 9.)
Will Ferrell en espanol! Bueno! The comedian actually learned Spanish for "Casa de mi Padre," his big-screen spoof of a Mexican telenovela. Ferrell plays a rancher who must fight to save his family's home from a drug lord (heartthrob Gael Garcia Bernal), but the plot matters less than the cast for this one. We can't wait to see Ferrell bring the funny in a new language. (Opens March 9.)
Those who complain that television is all brain-rotting garbage need to tune in to Discovery's "Frozen Planet," a seven-part look into remote regions of the Arctic and Antarctic. Polar bears and penguins are cute, yes, but they're not the fuzzy pals you see on Lisa Frank folders. These animals are fighting for survival against harsh conditions. This video of a brine icicle killing the poor starfish in its path went viral, and you can see why. Fortunately, you can watch from your cozy couch with an electric blanket and a mug of hot chocolate. (Premieres March 18, 8 p.m., Discovery.)
DVD and Blu-ray
Many were shocked when "Young Adult" didn't garner any Oscar nominations. "Juno" screenwriter Diablo Cody wrote the script, in which an author of young adult lit (Charize Theron) heads to her small Minnesota hometown to try and win back her high-school boyfriend -- despite the fact that he's happily married with a baby. Thankfully, she meets up with the guy she never spoke to in high school (Patton Oswalt), who helps this not-so-nice heroine survive her trip home. May not be what you're expecting, but definitely worth seeing. (On DVD and Blu-ray March 13.)
"The Adventures of Tintin" also was snubbed at the Oscars, but the Steven Spielberg-Peter Jackson film took home the Golden Globe for best animated feature. Journalist-turned-detective Tintin, well known in Europe, heads out in pursuit of treasure with his fluffy dog, Snowy, and an always-drunk sea captain. (On DVD and Blu-ray March 13.)