Movie review: Jackass 3D

Johnny Knoxville and the whole Jackass crew are back for a third box office installment that pushes the envelope of their classic brand of extreme slapstick comedy and gets big rewards for doing so.

Jackass 3D

Jeff Tremaine

Johnny Knoxville and the whole Jackass crew are back for a third box office installment that pushes the envelope of their classic brand of extreme slapstick comedy and gets big rewards for doing so.

I did not watch the movie in 3-D, but I don’t think there were any jokes that 3-D glasses would have made any more enjoyable.

If you are familiar with the Jackass series then you will certainly recognize the classic cast; Bam Margera, Steve-O, Ryan Dunn, Chris Pontius and Jason “Wee-man” Acuna all come back to what made them famous almost a decade ago: beating the crap out of each other and grossing viewers out.

Even if you’re not familiar with Jackass, this movie is a great place to start as the gang attempts to bring its form of comedy to new heights with painful events like bee-hive tether ball and Lamborghini tooth pull.

This movie starts out on a roll. I haven’t laughed this hard in a theater in a long time. Most of the jokes hit perfectly, but the movie lags as it shifts into the stuff involving bodily fluids and dangly bits of male anatomy.

They did a good job spacing out the vomit-inducing scenes between other pranks or stunts so that fortunately I could keep my dinner.

Age, sobriety or common sense seem to finally be catching up with Steve-O, who looked more obligated than excited to participate.

There were times when the sight of guys in their 40s cup checking each other just seemed a little awkward, but most of that was quickly replaced with things like slow motion footage of Margera bashing unsuspecting victims in the head with a gigantic boxing glove.

While some of the content in this movie may be considered graphic or shocking and assuredly most of it could be described sophomoric or idiotic, I would challenge anyone to sit through this movie without laughing out loud at least once.

If you can manage that, I wonder what side of the theater the real jackasses are sitting on.

I gave it: four stars

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Movie review: Jackass 3D

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