Ashley Hamilton, Jeff Tremaine, George Hamilton, Johnny Knoxville, Alana Stewart, Maty Noyes, Mat Hoffman , Daniel Junge - Los Angeles premiere of 'Being Evel' at ArcLight Hollywood - Red Carpet Arrivals at Arclight Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 19th August 2015
The Jackass crew takes an oddly gentle approach here, abandoning their more riotous stunt-based movies for a series of undercover pranks, like Borat or Bruno without the social commentary. It's sometimes very funny, although more gags fall flat than hit the mark. But fans will enjoy the interaction between Knoxville and his fearless 8-year-old cohort Nicoll.
Knoxville is in character throughout the film as Irving, an 86-year-old whose wife has just died. At the funeral, his wayward daughter (Cates) turns up to drop off her son Billy (Nicoll) before she goes to prison. So Irving's job is to drive from Nebraska to North Carolina to deliver Billy to his loser dad. On the ensuing road trip the relentlessly mischievous Irving takes advantage of his newly single status to chat up every woman he meets, often with Billy's sharp-witted help. They also get up to all kinds of trouble, robbing a convenience shop, crashing a wedding, upstaging male strippers in a bar and even entering a "little miss" beauty pageant to earn some extra cash.
Whether you find this funny or not depends on your enjoyment of jokes that centre on genitalia, with a particular emphasis on farting. Essentially, the film is a series of elaborately staged set-pieces in which Irving and Billy do outrageous things to get a Candid Camera-style reaction from the general public. And it's often quite funny that people just shrug off things like drinking beer with an 8-year-old or carrying his dead wife's body in the boot of his car. The best sequence involves a gang of burly bikers who dedicate themselves to protecting abused children; watching them close ranks around Billy is actually rather sweet.
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Johnny Knoxville, guests, Jeff Tremaine and Spike Jonze - Premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa' at the TCL Chinese Theatre - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Wednesday 23rd October 2013
The 'Jackass' crew are wreaking havoc on the unwary streets of America again, this time with one of them playing a crude, clumsy and very wayward grandfather, Irving Zisman, who is taking his young grandson Billy on a long road trip across the States to where his father will take of him. On the way, the kid is doing the babysitting as the 'old man' gets out of control robbing convenience stores, interrupting weddings and causing catastrophes at funerals and kid beauty pageants (the latter at which Billy causes quite a stir with an awkward pole dancing routine). Hidden cameras capture the real, mostly angry and sometimes traumatised reactions of the general public who have probably never prepared themselves to meet such a bad grandpa before.
'Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa' is the latest instalment of the American stunt group's franchise which sees stuntman Johnny Knoxville embarrass, horrify and upset unsuspecting onlookers across America with more shockingly daring pranks than ever before. Doubtlessly one of the funniest flicks of the year, it has been directed by Jeff Tremaine ('Jackass: The Movie', 'Wildboyz') who co-wrote it with Preston Lacy ('TV: The Movie', 'Jackass 3D') and it is set to hit theatres on October 25th 2013.
Once again, the film jumps aimlessly from one clip to the next, hoping we find physical injury, constant laddish taunting and obsession with genitalia hilarious. To be honest, some of it is very funny, mainly because we can't believe that an adult would do something so stupid. Many of the gags involve throwing themselves into objects (or vice versa) like a live-action Road Runner cartoon with added bodily fluids. They have rather a lot of fun in the blast area of a massive jet engine and put themselves in jeopardy from some very large animals. One of the more outrageous bits involves playing tetherball with an angry beehive.
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Does Jackass: Number Two live up to its promise? You bet it does, though that may not necessarily be a good thing. My unscientific running tally of the scenarios gives the absurd a slight edge over the tedious. The stunts that work best -- "Butt Chug," "How to Milk a Horse," and "Terror Taxi" -- are insanely funny from beginning to end. Often, these jokes are taken beyond their logical end to achieve an entirely new degree of humor or vulgarity. Equally commendable are several stunts like "The Switcharoo" that slowly build tensions toward highly rewarding climaxes.
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I'm three hours out of Jackass and I still don't know what to think. I know I didn't get the idea of Jackass going into the movie, and after some pontification I now think I know what the deal is... but still can't be sure. Three hours out and the only two things I know are that Jackass doesn't have a point and maybe, just maybe, that is the point.
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