As far as laughs and rewatchability are concerned, the JACKASS movies are some of my favorite comedies. However, realizing that the gang might be getting a little old for outrageous stunts and gross out gags, I'd figured we'd seen the last of their shenanigans with JACKASS 3D. That's why BAD GRANDPA was such a nice surprise.
Though it comes from usual star Johnny Knoxville and director Jeff Tremaine, BAD GRANDPA takes the franchise in a slightly different direction, using a unique blend of unscripted and scripted material to highlight their typical mayhem. And this first foray in to actual storytelling isn't too bad. The plot is nothing special on its own, but as a catalyst for laughs with just a tiny bit of amount of emotional sentimentality, it works. What makes it special is the relationship between Knoxville and young co-star Jackson Nicoll. I don't know where they found Nicoll, but he's not only a natural fit for their brand of humor, but he's downright hilarious in his own right. The chemistry between the two is perfect.
Like with any of these movies, some segments are funnier than others but none really fall flat. Some, like the restaurant sharting or Knoxville's male stripper experience, go for the shock factor. Others, like Knoxville trying to FedEx a live child or asking movers to transport his dead wife, are great social experiments to see how people react. And then there's the child beauty pageant, which might be the hardest I laughed at a movie in 2013.
The Unrated cut included here adds an extra 10 minutes. There are a couple new bits, but mostly just extended versions of the current ones. None detract from the overall film, but as with most comedies, I think I prefer the original, tighter version.
Behind the Scenes (34:45): Eight quick behind-the-scenes featurettes covering some of the more memorable segments from the window launch to the beauty pageant.
Alternate Marks (19:49): See interactions and reactions from completely different people in six of the bits.
Deleted Scenes (6:10): Three scenes which are more alternate takes than actual deleted scenes.
A DVD and Digital Copy are also included.
It can vary from juvenile and crude to even heartwarming (once in a while), but BAD GRANDPA is one of the funniest movies of the year.
Extra Tidbit: Knoxville based Zisman on himself and his own father.