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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