Whether you love them or hate them, it’s hard to deny that the crew of Jackass have more or less turned stupid and dangerous stunts into an art form. That’s really the key to the success of the TV show and movies: the morbid fascination that arises from watching so much time, creativity, money and physical exertion into something as fundamentally juvenile as, say, a nut shot.
Amidst all the eye-watering carnage, the skits featuring Johnny Knoxville’s prank character Irving Zisman – a very badly-behaved octogenarian who shocks the public with his crude and inappropriate behaviour – can sometimes get a little overshadowed. Luckily for Zisman fans, the old cad now has his very own movie: a Borat-style narrative piece called Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, in which Irving must drive his grandson, Billy (Jackson Nicoll, who was 8 years old at the time of filming), across country to live with his father after his mother goes to jail.
The first trailer for the movie, shown below, set the shock humor tone with a scene at a children’s beauty pageant that is very reminiscent of Little Miss Sunshine, but the new red band trailer should probably be considered unsafe for work and may make you look at vending machines differently. Prank comedy for the sake of getting reactions from passers-by is a particular niche that doesn’t appeal to everyone, but it’s something that the Jackass crew pulls off well.
Bad Grandpa is out in theaters this Friday, but those who are fond of Spike Jonze’s previous appearances on Jackass as Irving’s female counterpart Gloria can also look forward to seeing her again in Bad Grandpa 1.5, a spin-off/sequel featuring plenty of extra material that had to get cut from the main movie. Screen Crush learned of Bad Grandpa 1.5 while speaking to Knoxville at a press junket, during which he said that the unofficial sequel will be available on the Blu-ray and DVD release. Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich) will play another old lady, and can be seen in the red band trailer posing as a corpse during funeral.
Director Jeff Tremaine and the Jackass crew were at first reluctant to make a movie all about Irving Zisman, since they believed it would be too difficult to make the pranking work for a full feature-length movie, but the fact that Bad Grandpa has a story to give it structure could just make it work.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa arrives in theaters on October 25th, 2013.
Source: Screen Crush