It was at that 35-years-old directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord learned that raves are still cool and jocks wear glasses now.
At the school's prom at the Beverly Hilton, they learned they're still not cool enough to get into afterparties—perhaps this time, though, they could blame that on their ages.
The duo behind the animated comedy, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, share their experiences of "conducting research" at the local high school for their latest project, 21 Jump Street, in a blog published Wednesday on the Huffington Post.
In the movie, two bumbling rookie cops played by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum get reassigned to an old program that sends young-looking cops undercover into high school to help investigate a new drug problem.
Much of the film takes place at a high school, and the movie has its climax at a prom.
"We vehemently deny that our decision to go a prom had anything to do with secretly wanting to see if we had gotten any cooler since our own proms," the bumbling 35-year-old prom-goers reflect in their blog. "It certainly had nothing to do with the fact that we both had miserable proms the first time, and wanted to wash away the taste of one of our dates hooking up with another dude on a pool table at the post-prom."
They set out to find: how do kids party these days? What do they do when they hang out alone and/or with friends? Do a lot of kids drink alcohol or do drugs, and if so what kinds? What is the social structure like? Is there a hierarchy? What's cool, and what is lame? What do people think about prom?
Parental Advisory: there's some pretty graphic descriptions of how your kids danced that night, and it goes more in depth than "excessive loin-on-loin grinding." But if you want to read the full blog post, titled, "How to Embarrass Yourself at Prom, Again," visit the Huffington Post.