Screen Rant’s Roth Cornet reviews Jackass 3D
The whole Jackass gang returns for a series of borderline psychotic stunts, pranks and live-action gross-out jokes in Jackass 3D.
Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn, Steve-O, Jason “Wee Man” Acuna, Preston Lacy, Chris Pontius, “Danger Ehren” McGhehey, Dave England and of course Johnny Knoxville reunite under the direction of Jeff Tremaine; to bring audiences a gut-busting (in more ways than one) adventure that was created with an appropriately ridiculous use of 3D.
Jackass 3D is everything you would expect if you are familiar with the series, and a welcome surprise if you’re not. It is nearly impossible not to get caught up in the infectious sense of fun that these guys impart. They bring an element of play and very boyish humor into all that they do, and you simply want to hang out with them… from the safe distance of your theater seat. It’s fun to watch, but I would not want to be a victim of “the Rocky.”
“Wee Man” and Chris Pontius have a particularly engaging quality. They appear to be as tickled as we are that they are getting rich and famous with fart jokes, and totally unrestrained daredevilry. Johnny Knoxville and Steve-O seem to be having a good time, though are perhaps feeling a bit of the strain that must result from years of self-inflicted abuse.
Though the more elaborate stunts are shockingly impressive, it is often the simplest pranks that are the funniest – and the ones that stick with you later; “the high-five”, midgets in a bar (you’ll see) and the “please watch my dog” bait and switch, are just a few. One does feel some concern for the animals involved in the stunts, we can only hope that all of the bees and serpents came out unscathed.
The 3D is utilized exactly as it should be for a Jackass movie. For the majority of the film, it is lowbrow, over the top, and in your face. This is not an intimate exploration of the world of the Na’vi, this is a balls in your face, puke-fest. The opening and closing sequences, however, are strangely beautiful, even in their ludicrous hilarity. Fans will particularly enjoy the footage from the original series, and childhood photos of the boys, that run throughout the credit sequence.
As to the gross-out element that audiences have come to expect from Jackass – the film does not disappoint. Surprisingly, it is not the poo-filled porta-potty slingshot that will leave you with a desire to run for the toilet, or the fart fueled projectile dart shot right into Steve-O’s rear end. No. The creative team at “Dickhouse” has managed to come up with a stunt so truly vile, that it inspires a dry heave just thinking about it days later. Two words: “Sweatsuit –Cocktail.”
In general, this is a film that is best suited to the previously established Jackass audience; though it will also appeal to those who could have appreciated the series, but for whatever reason, missed the boat.
This movie is not for:
- People on a first date. Or if this is a perfect first date movie for some couple, please Tweet me, because I’d like to get to know you.
- The weak of stomach or heart.
- Those whose DVD collection consists of the entire criterion collection; and not a single Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller or Adam Sandler movie.
- Impressionable kids. Seriously parents, I beg of you – you know your children, you know if they are the type to look at something and say “I can do that.” If they have that sort of personality, please do not allow your child anywhere near this franchise. Whether they are 14 or 17… or 40 if it can be helped. It is a bona fide miracle that all of these gentlemen are alive and relatively well.
THIS CAN NOT BE STRESSED ENOUGH:
This movie is for:
- People with a healthy sense of humor, and an equally healthy sense of self-preservation.
- Folks who get a kick out of watching other people have a good time.
- Those who enjoy the idea of bucking the system by making a (sizable) living by doing something they love, even if that thing is absolutely absurd – or particularly if it is. There is something inherently joyous about the idea of a group of people making a business out of just being themselves, aka absolutely fool-headed.
- A group of friends who simply want to have a good time.
- Those with a well developed sense of the ridiculous.
Finally, if you are a fan of the Jackass franchise, this film will deliver a fresh dose of everything you love about the series, and possibly a little bit more. If you are new to Jackass, you can still enjoy this movie, if you meet the majority of the above mentioned criteria.
It is difficult to call this a good movie in a traditional sense, for this really isn’t even a movie in the traditional sense. It is, however, a legitimately good time; I laughed a lot, exited the theater cheered, and still get a bit of a giggle thinking of certain moments – of course I get ill thinking of others. Such is the “special” (short bus?) nature of Jackass.
Watch the Jackass 3D trailer here: