October 15, 2010
Jackass 3-D (2010)
Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Wee Man, Chris Pontius, Preston Lacy, Spike Jonze, Sean William Scott, Tony Hawk, Jared Allen
Directed by: Jeff Tremaine
Written by: Preston Lacy
Running Time: 93 minutes
Rating: 4.0 (out of 5)
Writing a review for the latest installment of Jackass, Jackass 3-D, is a break from the ordinary. After all, Jackass 3-D is not what you would traditionally define as a movie. There is no plot. There are no characters (although it is full of “characters”). There is no acting to speak of. There aren’t any special effects either (unless you count the most original volcano scene I have ever witnessed). Instead Jackass 3-D, like its predecessors, is simply a collection of stunts and skits in which a ton of very odd people seemingly try to sicken, maim, and or kill themselves.
And it is awesome.
I may be wrong, but I can’t remember laughing so hard at any other “movie” I have seen this year. From the beginning of Jackass 3-D, which opens with an introduction by Beavis and Butthead and an extremely elaborate opening credit sequence, to an equally impressive closing scene that gives us Rip Torn reminding us “no tongue!”, Jackass is laugh out loud fun (so many things are called laugh out loud but rarely deliver, this is not one of those instances). At about an hour and a half long, Jackass 3-D feels more like it is a half an hour long, and I guarantee you that you will either be laughing or wincing the entire time.
Does enjoying Jackass 3-D require a specific type of sense of humor? Probably. If thoughts of watching people pee, poop, puke bother you, don’t go see this movie. If watching people be hit with other peoples pee, poop, and puke bothers you, don’t go watch this movie. If watching people get hit in the nuts more times than I can count, don’t go watch this movie. If you are freaked out by frontal male nudity (a lot of it), don’t go see this movie. If the idea of watching people be voluntarily super glued, shocked, or abused by a variety of animals bothers you, don’t go see this movie.
However, if you enjoy watching a bunch of idiots (who seem to be very close friends) having a good time getting hurt for your entertainment, get off your ass and go see Jackass 3-D now.
Honestly, the closest comparison I can make (and I know some people will think this is blasphemy – you can go screw yourself) is to compare the Jackass movies to The Three Stooges. Sometimes, watching people get hurt just for the fun of it is a great way to have a few laughs. I personally hate these “reality” shows where a hidden camera or a home movie catches someone innocent person getting hurt on accident. The fact that people exploit those situations sickens me. However, Jackass 3-D is guilt free pleasure, because these morons are doing this stuff to themselves, on purpose.
Of course, I use the term morons in a loving way, because in truth Johnny Knoxville and friends are geniuses. They have made very successful careers out of having a good time.
For me, I wouldn’t want to do any of the stunts performed in this film (as the warning at the beginning of the movie tells me I shouldn’t). On the other hand, it was tons of fun to watch someone else do it. Oh, and this was the type of movie 3-D was made for. 3-D isn’t supposed to be a gimmick. It is supposed to make you feel like you are part of the experience. Most of the time, 3-D is a failure. However, in Avatar, you felt like you were running with the Na’vi, and in Jackass 3-D, you will feel like you have been slapped in the mouth with a dildo. In this one very limited instance, that is a good thing.