“Jackass: The Movie” Review ✦✦✦✦✧

25 January, 2017

Year of Release: 2002
Director: Jeff Tremaine 
Director of Photography: Dimitry Elyashkevich  
Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O

Synopsis: Based on a popular TV stunt show, Jackass: The Movie sees Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, and a host of other pranksters joining forces as they abuse, torment, and embarrass one another in the name of fun.

Jackass Review:

A straight-to-the-point sketch show delivered without the irritation of advertisements or in-episode repeats, “Jackass: The Movie” is pure unadulterated fun with enough content to fill an entire YouTube channel and always be on the trending page. In a time where clickbait commonly fuels fakery in the world of pranks, the movie feels authentic in a way that we rarely experience in the internet age as its energetic ensemble thrive on creative freedom while producers pump millions of dollars into stunts that they would happily do for free. “Jackass” succeeds because of its star players, none of whom appear to have ulterior motives as they reap the benefits of the show’s increasingly high production values while always retaining a sense of home video spontaneity.

From Steve-O’s daring tightrope stunt, which sees him dangling over a congregation of alligators with a piece of meat attached to his underwear, to the public boxing prank that leaves Johnny out cold with a severe concussion, “Jackass” depicts a number of life-threatening skits in the most blasé and hilarious manner. Few would dare to attempt such madness but the boys take great pride in their foolish antics, always finding new and imaginative ways to entertain both the general public and one another. While perhaps frivolous and rather careless at times, the group mould something of substance out of pee, puke, and paper cuts as their friendship always shines through this opera of chaos and commotion.

Like the Monty Python of the Millennium, “Jackass: The Movie” preserves the iconic stunt show within an unbreakable time capsule, allowing its significance to increase over time while YouTube stars take notes from the best, many reproducing the stunts created here in the hope that viewers won’t remember how much more extreme their influencers really were. Made during the heyday of MTV, “Jackass” is still a blessing in the modern era but its ripples of comedic influence have created a more passive prankster; one who frequently prizes online fame and fortune over experimentation and comradery.


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Jackass: The Movie