Jackass: The Movie (2002), Cert 18.

Director - Jeff Tremaine

Writer - Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze & Johnny Knoxville.

Starring - Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, Steve-O, Dave England, Ryan Dunn, Wee Man, Preston Lacy, Ehren McGhehey, Henry Rollins, Tony Hawk, Spike Jonze, Matt Hoffman & Butterbean.

 

Premise - Johnny Knoxville and friends bring their hit TV show to the big screen.

Itís an impossibility to review Jackass: The Movie in the normal manner. There is no script, no direction to speak off, itís filmed with video cameras and there is little or no acting involved. What you are basically getting for your money is a feature length episode of the TV show with stuff included that they couldnít get away with on TV.

For those unfamiliar with the TV show let me fill in the blanks. Jackass was created by movie director Spike (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) Jonze and Johnny Knoxville. It is basically a show made up of cheaply filmed stunts that either involve the participants being placed in high bodily danger or playing crazy pranks on the unsuspecting public. Oh, and itís about the funniest thing to hit TV since a crudely drawn yellow family debuted on the Tracey Ulman show.

That being said, I think itís funny. Comedy is about as subjective as it gets and one mans comedy might be another mans repulsion. The stunts in Jackass invariably involve bodily functions, serious injury and sometimes a combination of the two. Iíll admit it; I find a man stapling his butt cheeks together funny. If that doesnít sound like something that gets you chuckling then itís a fair bet that Jackass: The Movie is not for you. If on the other hand this sounds like a laugh riot then Jackass will be right up your alley.

Fans of the TV show will immediately feel at home, the rogues gallery are all present and correct and in the crosshairs of injury and humiliation. Johnny Knoxville your host and a man with a seemingly insatiable appetite for pain. Bam Margera, a man whoís only goal is to torture his parents at every opportunity. Chris Pontius and his alter egos Party Boy and Bunny. Steve-O, no stunt is too extreme or too stupid. Wee Man and Preston, the Laurel and Hardy of Jackass. Ehren MGhehey, a man with an unhealthy obsession with his bowel movements. Yes, they are all here, but also keep an eye out for a host of celebrity cameoís from the likes of Tony Hawk, Spike Jonze, Henry Rollins and Rip Taylor.

Iím not going to go into any detail about the various set-ups and stunts in this movie, as that would completely ruin the film. A big part of the films comedy comes from the element of surprise. The ĎOh my god, their not gonna do that are they?í factor is imperative to get the most from this film. Incase youíre wondering, yes, they always do itÖÖ.

I laughed so hard during this film, not since my first viewing of Airplane! Have I laughed so hard and so often during a movie. Yes, itís dumb, yes itís stupid, but if we canít cut loose and enjoy something dumb and stupid once in while then we need to have a look at ourselves. So if it is your thing, go see Jackass: The Movie. Watch it, laugh your ass off and love every minute. Just remember, if youíre gonna be dumb, you better be toughÖÖ

 

/10.

See Jackass: The Movie if you enjoyed - Evil Woman (Saving Silverman), Dumb & Dumber.

Poster Quote - Donít eat the yellow snowÖÖ. too lateÖ.