Like the other ď.5Ē versions before it, JACKASS 3.5 is comprised of bits that didnít make the final cut. While itís essentially a movie made up of deleted scenes, the quality is still pretty good and on par with the main film. I wouldnít say itís as great as JACKASS 3, but I laughed plenty at Knoxville and Co.'s leftovers.
By the time the third film rolled around, the Jackass crew were clearly older (and soberer) and had to concentrate more on gross-out gags than dangerous stunts, which brought about as much cringing as laughter. That holds up for 3.5 as well. Some of the stunts here are horrifyingly funny, like the snapping turtle ass bite, the enema long jump or people randomly getting pissed on. But for the most part, you get exactly what you came for. There are lots of classic bits that firmly belong in their pantheon, like the, paintball slip and slide, electric limbo, Buster Keaton-inspired mini cannons, epic nut shots, invisible Wee Man, the wood pecker, and a stunt that requires the preface ďJackass 3D: Full Penetration.Ē There are also some sequences that clearly took advantage of the third film's use of 3D and the Phantom slow motion camera, but none better than when the boys lock themselves in a room with 50 Mentos-Diet Coke bombs. Itís truly an awe inspiring sight.
In the end, itís really the chemistry between the guys that make these movies endearing as opposed to watching a train wreck, and Iíd wager you get an even better sense of that camaraderie in 3.5, with more context given to their relationships and constant need to one-up each other. And itís because youíve grown to love these guys over three films that sometimes something as simple as Wee Man taking a tennis ball to the scrotum or Bam not being able to sit in a chair properly can garner the biggest laughs.
It is a little weird watching this and knowing that Ryan Dunn is no longer with us, especially given the natural finality to the third movie. As much as I enjoy them, Iíd be okay with the group never making another JACKASS movie. And if thatís the case, JACKASS 3.5 seems like a fitting-enough ending.
Jackass: The Beginning: This documentary reaches nearly 50 minutes and tells the (sorta) epic story of how the crew came together and chronicles their rise to popularity shortly thereafter. Itís a blast seeing everybody much younger and itís also nice to see that theyíve stayed true to themselves and what they originally set out to do over the years.
Deleted Scenes: Over 16 minutes of bits that couldnít even make the deleted scenes movie, including magnifying glass burns, snapping turtle on a stick, waking up with a defibrillator and more. Still funny.
Outtakes: A variety of random flubs, extra commentary and raw slow motion footage. Amusing, but at close to 20 minutes, it goes on a bit long.
Jackass Eurorean Tour: Some shenanigans from the movie's premiere throughout Europe.
Extra Tidbit: In case you missed it, hereís the official JACKASS tribute video to Ryan Dunn. Thanks for all the toy-car-in-ass laughs, sir.