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Jackass Number Two

Jackass Number Two is the 2006 sequel to Jackass: The Movie. Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Ryan Dunn, Dave England, Wee Man, Preston Lacy and Ehren McGhehey all return to showcase their insane brand of stunts and practical jokes. It’s a more extreme than the first movie. They really tried to outdo the first one. Expect to see a lot more vomit, poo, and horse semen. The best thing about the Jackass movies is that they have no plot. It’s perfect for when you feel like laughing but don’t want to pay attention.

It looks and feels like the cast had a fun time filming the movie. It’s a pretty good gig. They get to hang out with friends all day getting fucked up and doing fucked up things to each other. And they get money and fame for it. Johnny Knoxville is the obvious star and leader of the Jackass crew; he does the most stunts and is the most fearless. He brings a cocky charisma that the other cast members lack. Bam Margera is probably the second most famous member, but he doesn’t deserve to be. He’s a little bitch and it becomes apparent a few times throughout the movie (most noticeably when he starts to cry because of a little cobra). Steve-O and Chris Pontius are always fun to watch together. Ryan Dunn has a few moments that stand out, and it makes me sad when I remember that he’s no longer with us. Jackass Number Two is worth watching, and it’s not a bad movie to own either. It doesn’t try to do too much. It’s not trying to win any awards. It just is what it is.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Jackass: The Movie

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

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