Everyone loves Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The writing-directing team behind 'The LEGO Movie' and this Friday's '22 Jump Street' have directed movies both critically beloved and commercially successful (the former is the highest-rated movie of the year on Rotten Tomatoes and the second-biggest movie of the year in terms of the box office). It's easy to understand why: like their films, these guys are smart, funny and lacking in any kind of cynicism.

It was an usually controversial week for Lord and Miller, though, as Jonah Hill's unfortunate comments towards paparazzi in Los Angeles cast a pall over the film, specifically one scene later in the movie when Channing Tatum's Jenko chides another character for his use of the f-word. ("It's 2014, you can't say that word anymore.")

While it may have been a weird and uncharacteristically serious week, '22 Jump Street' is another great and hilarious movie from Lord and Miller, who continue trending upwards in somewhat remarkable fashion. How is this possible? Is there a Lord and Miller backlash coming? We recently sat down with the duo in New York City to ask them that very question and lots more, including their first explanation as to why they passed on 'Ghostbusters 3' and details on their new FOX series with Will Forte.

'22 Jump Street' opens in theaters this Friday.

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