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Jackass: The Movie (2002)

October 16, 2009

VERDICT:
7/10 Hematomas

Being that it was produced by the man of the hour and since I remember an episode of the show where he antiqued someone in broad daylight, I’m gonna go ahead and enter this one into Spike Jonze week.

Jackass is about a group of guys with alarmingly high pain thresholds that make idiots of themselves in public places and hurt themselves for our enjoyment.

And it is totally sweet.

I’m sure the humor here isn’t for everyone and it might not appeal to an older/more refined crowd, but if you’re like me and your memories of TV in High School boiled down to you and your friends crapping yourselves in the school cafeteria from laughing so hard over last night’s episode of Jackass and Chappelle’s Show, then yeah, you’ll like Jackass: The Movie.

The formula is simple: it’s funny when other people get hurt, not to the point where they get put in a coma or anything, but more like when someone gets hit in the balls by a football. See, that sentence just made me laugh, and I bet it made you laugh, too. Everyone appreciates a good nut shot, or at least I think everyone does.

So if you haven’t already gathered, Jackass: The Movie is really just like watching the show for an hour and a half, only they can curse now and no longer have the TV censors to stop them from filming someone getting a toy car put up their hoo-ha. But that’s cool, I’ve watched Jackass marathons for longer than that and the next time a repeat comes on to break up the God-awful shit they have on MTV nowadays, there’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll be dropping whatever I’m doing so that I can laugh my ass off for the next half-hour.

And, yes, it gets pretty damn gross, but the show was gross, too. No surprises there.

There’s no acting, there’s no script, there’s nothing really to judge this movie on other than whether it’s funny or not, which it is. But that’s one of the reasons I like Jackass; anyone could have made that show, anyone could have made this movie, and these guys are the ones that finally just did it and capitalized on it. It’s like the R-rated version of America’s Funniest Home Videos, and that’s a pretty freakin’ sweet pitch for a show if you ask me.

Even if you catch this movie on TV, it’s still really funny. It’s also better than the sequel and I dig that some of the best skits aren’t even gross in the least. Jackass: The Movie won’t convert you if laughing at the expense of others isn’t exactly your cup of urine, but for the rest of us who can’t help but laugh a little before asking someone if they’re okay, you’re gonna have a good time with this one.

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