Jackass: The Movie

on October 25, 2002 by Tim Cogshell
Not long after the debut of the wacky stunt show so appropriately named "Jackass" on MTV, young people all over the country could be found attempting to reproduce the nitwitted, cartoon-like stunts that star Johnny Knoxville and his team of human monkeys subject themselves to: jumping in front of moving cars, taking shopping cart rides down steep public streets, setting themselves on fire, &c. After the debut of "Jackass: The Movie," don't be surprised if you hear of some-less-than-bright Jackass-wannabe blowing his own genitals off. That's just one of the "stunts" that the Jackasses undertake in the film, though the penis technically stays attached. Too bad for the gene pool.

This is a funny movie. The things these idiots do aren't funny (indeed, the pranks played on unsuspecting innocents are tacky, wrong and possibly actionable), nor are these guys themselves funny, but the notion that people would actually do these things and become fairly rich and famous is freaking hysterical. Still, if ever there was a movie that used the R rating for all it's worth to do things that could not be done on television, it's this one. They really take it all up a notch. Therefore, if you're into guys sticking odd things up their butts and in their mouths, hurling themselves into walls and off buildings, eating the uneatable, challenging alligators, hanging out in raw sewage, insulting the entire country of Japan, and then doing a lot of really sick stuff, then "Jackass: The Movie" is the film for you--the only film for you. Starring Johnny Knoxville, Bam Bargera, Chris Pontius, Steve-O, Dave England, Ryan Dunn, Jason Acuna, Preston Lacy, Ehren McGhehey, Brandon DiCamillo, Henry Rollins, Tony Hawk and Spike Jonze. Directed by Jeff Tremaine. Written by Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze and Johnny Knoxville. Produced by Lori Ashcraft, Michelle Klepper, Johnny Knoxville, Brandy Menefee and Jeff Tremaine. A Paramount release. Comedy. Rated R for dangerous, sometimes extremely crude stunts, language and nudity. Running time 100 min

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