Movie review: Jackass 3D

I don’t think it’s necessary to spend 800 words getting into the deep symbolic meaning and artistic precursors to be found in “Jackass 3D.”

Your enjoyment of the film will boil down to several simple questions. Do you like to see people getting hit in the junk? Can you stomach having feces fly at you in the third dimension? Are you OK with a man blowing fart darts?

If the answer is “yes,” then by all means you should go see this movie. If the answer is “no,” I believe “Secretariat” is in the theater a couple of doors down.

I don’t consider myself a “Jackass” aficionado, but I’ve seen both movies and many of the TV episodes. And as much as I love to see people getting hit in the junk, I must admit (as most people do) a certain level of squeamishness at the more bodily fluid-oriented gags the crew comes up with.

Johnny Knoxville, with his “real” movie career cooling down, knows where his bread is buttered, and so he and his crew return, a little older but seemingly not wiser, to do the kind of damage that I assume only “professionals” can do.

The audience I saw this with couldn’t get enough of the antics, howling in laughter as Steve-O gets battered by a ram or Bam gets pancaked by a giant high-five. And lest you think this is strictly boys club material, there were plenty of women in the crowd as well, a big reason why this is going to be a $100 million blockbuster for Paramount.

Yeah, you have to wonder what motivates someone to get into a port-a-potty filled with dog shit and then launch it into the air, but you’re too busy holding back the puke to think about it too long.

As for the 3D, it doesn’t add a whole lot, although the effect of a giant dildo flying into the camera is certainly not something you expect to see when settling down for a night at the cinema.

“Jackass 3D” is a review-proof film, and that’s cool. Who cares what stodgy old critics think? If we want to see a man get his tooth pulled out by a Lamborghini then so be it.


~ by Elliott on October 26, 2010.

One Response to “Movie review: Jackass 3D”

  1. Just got back from this — had to see it this week, I think or would have missed the chance.

    I have almost never been so thoroughly entertained by a dumber movie. Pretty much laughing the whole time, when I wasn’t cringing and thinking, “No, no, no god, noooo…”

    Agreed that the audience — smallish though it was — was howling all the way through (just like me) and there were quite a few more women than I had expected. (I expected none…)

    There were only a couple gags I didn’t like (taser humor leaves me cold; I associate it with police torture. Also, no need to use live snakes) but I even laughed at those.

    Weird that the human shit volcano isn’t really the grossest bit in the bunch…

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