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Jackass: The Movie (R)
Paramount Pictures
Official Site
Director: Jeff Tremaine
Producers: Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville
Written by: Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville
Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Chris Pontius, Steve-o, Dave England,

Rating: out of 5


Like Jerry Springer, the WWF, and Anna Nicole Smith, Jackass: The Movie is just one more sign of Western Civilization in decline. That isnít to say it doesnít have its charms though.

Jackass: The Movie is pretty much the same thing as ďJackassĒ-the-television show, which used to air on MTV. If youíve seen the show you can pretty well guess what youíre getting with the movie. Itís longer, more explicit, and the stunts are done on a slightly grander scale. For those of you who havenít seen it, the show is about Johnny Knoxville and his merry band of pranksters, who engage in all kinds of degrading, dangerous stunts. There is no plot or purpose for any of these stunts; they seem to be concocted as dares just to amuse one another.

A sample of the stunts you will find performed in the movie: air horns at a golf course; a midget kicks himself in the head; Johnny lets a small alligator bite his nipple; a guy calling himself Party Boy (Pontius) strips down and randomly grinds men in Tokyo; and so on. I donít want to give away too much about the more ambitious stunts, but one of them involves whale sharks and another involves a toy car going where only gerbils dare. (This movie has had a bad influence on me.) Itís sort of a combination of Evel Knievel, Howard Stern, and frat boy hazing. Not all that different from the low-brow humor you find in most Hollywood comedies, but distilled to its base components.

So is it any good? Well, Iím a little ashamed to say that I was entertained by some of this stuff, although really an hour and half of this is pretty numbing. A good litmus test for whether or not youíd† enjoy this movie could be your reaction to the infamous TV footage of the zookeeper who got stuck after he was sat on by an elephant. If youíve seen this footage and had any desire to see it more than once, well, this just may be the movie for you.

óTed Rholes

 

hybridCinema Ratings Guide:

Take a pal and pay full price for both tickets.

Itís worth a full-price ticket.

Itís worth a matinee ticket.

Wait for video rental.

Check out the video from the library, if you must.

While we would never encourage anyone to destroy a video...


Mike Doughty



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