There aren’t too many TV shows that are able to make the transition to the big screen, much less be successful enough to spawn a few sequels. It’s even more impressive that a reality show could become a comedic cinematic franchise. There’s not even a plot or a theme, it’s just a bunch of clips. And it’s awesome.
Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn, Chris Pontius, Steve-O, Wee Man, Ehren McGhehey, Preston Lacy, Dave England and the late Ryan Dunn are a new breed of stuntmen. They play practical jokes on each other and on unsuspecting people, but they also do extremely dangerous stunts. Johnny Knoxville almost died a few times filming this movie. They also do painful things, like intentionally getting paper cuts on the webbing between their fingers and toes. I can still hear the whole theater groaning and squirming when Steve-O paper cuts the corner of his mouth.
Jackass is a rarity. It came out before YouTube was huge. I don’t think a group of friends could become movie stars filming themselves being dumbasses anymore. Johnny Knoxville sort of made the conversion to acting, he’s been in a lot of movies where he doesn’t have to get a concussion to get screen time. The rest of the Jackass crew are just having fun being young and stupid, and you can tell that their laughs are genuine. In Jackass Number Two, they are a little bit older, a little bit more extreme. You can tell they are starting to go through the motions. By the third one, they are looking a lot older, and they aren’t having as much fun. You can tell that it’s a paycheck movie, they don’t really want to be doing this shit anymore, they just have to because it’s their job. And Steve-O sucks when he’s sober.
Ryan Dunn is the heart of the Jackass crew. He did all the things that no one else wanted to do. Like sticking a toy car up his ass and acting mystified when the doctor shows him the X-rays. He seemed the most genuine of the guys. He didn’t have the ego that Johnny Knoxville or Bam Margera has, and only those two guys and Steve-O are more famous than him. It was pretty sad when he passed away. At least he won’t be forgotten.
Jackass: The Movie doesn’t need a plot or a story. There’s not denying that it has characters though. These guys are nuts, and they do dumb, dangerous and sometimes disturbing stunts and we get to sit back and laugh at them. Watch them movie if you haven’t yet, but I wouldn’t watch it with your grandma.
Critically Rated at 11/17