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Jackass: The Movie
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Oct 5, 2004 By: The Arrow
Jackass: The Movie order
Director:
Jeff Tremaine

Actors:
Johnny Knoxville
Chris Pontius
Bam Margera

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Johnny Knoxville and his juvenile, anal-fixated, sadomasochistic homies make jerks of themselves on film for our gross out and chuckle sensibilities. These guys are true jackasses and I love them for it!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Having read JoBlo’s review of JACKASS prior to watching this laugh-fest, I decided to do what he couldn’t do when he initially saw it in the theatres and that was to get trashed beforehand. Thanks for the inspiration, Jo! So after downing a slew of drinks like a barfly on a mission, tossing Knoxville and his crew into my player, I almost MURDERED MYSELF laughing while watching it. JACKASS: THE MOVIE was disgusting, vulgar, sick, immature and yes...some freaking mucho hilarious shite!

These dudes will do anything for a laugh to the point that I actually had to ask myself if they were for real or not. If so, I wonder what they do in their spare time? Whip each other with barbed wire while sporting celery sticks up their rectums? If this isn’t “all show”, we’ve got a serious case of S&M fetishism on our hands. My favorite bits in this perverse human zoo had to be the Night Pandas sequence where our boyz rollerbladed through the streets of Japan dressed in Panda outfits while causing a ruckus. Seeing Johnny Knoxville get his face bashed in by some tubby boxer in a store was also GREAT TIMES and I couldn’t help but laugh at strip whore “Party Boy” (Chris Pontius) who likes to take it off in public places and boogie in a thong. Toss in there some kool cameos (Tony Hawke, Henry Rollins and Spike Jonze owning in old age makeup), some rockin' good tunes and you get a Piñata of pleasurable monkey business.

On the limp side, some of the jokes didn’t work for me (like the swamp pole vaulting) and some of the gags felt staged (the mom/crocodile thang or anything else with that family). There were also way too many men’s asses and crotch shots on display for my liking. Give us some female stuff, yo! But on the whole, I had a giggle riot with this flick and in this crummy world a couple of earnest smiles are worth a lot. Once you go Jackass, you won’t go back!
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by director, cinematographer and Johnny Knoxville: This is the more serious commentary track on this DVD with “real” insight as to all the planning that took place to achieve the various stunts. We also get some “technical” info regarding matching all the footage that was shot. There is some dead time on this track, but overall the many trivia bits delivered with some humor (Knoxville rocks!) made it worth a listen.

Jackass Group Commentary: This “all over the place” commentary had the motley crew (minus Knoxville) looking back fondly at the stunts they had to perform for the film and babbling about the “shite” they had to go through to get them done. This commentary track was loud, unfocused and also had some dead time, but it was fun in a “background while you get a headjob" kind of way.

MTV’S Making of Jackass: The Movie (24 minutes): This slickly edited feature had the Jackass duders talking about the film, the troubles they encountered during the shoot and how some of the "stunts" were planned, mucked up and eventually accomplished. Groovy times!

Outtakes (~ 7 minutes): Outtakes from the film in which lines are flubbed and some of the pain hurts too much. Watchable.

Additional Footage (~ 30 minutes): This feature is almost worth as much as the movie with a horde of extensions from certain gags found in the film and jokes that didn’t make the final cut at all. You have to watch the “pocket ass return” bit where Johnny returns a bloodied up rubber ass to a sex shop. FUNNY SHITE! I also really dug the AMBITIOUS failed ending and the “Party Boy” stuff. In my book, there can never be enough “Party Boy”. AWESOME EXTRA!

We also get Music videos, Promo Spots (not funny…), Theatrical Trailer, Cast and Crew Bios and Picture Galleries.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If eye-squinting, provocative, self-mutilation (paper cuts…ouch), chain-vomiting, urine “snow cone” eating (I almost puked during that scene) and a multitude of dick and anal insertion gags sound like a side-splitting evening to your silly self, you’ll relish this fine collection of offensive “vulgarity” and in double hefty doses at that! First, there’s the feature film itself and then the gnarly footage found in the DVD extras. JACKASS: THE MOVIE is what it is and delivers the funny crass to the extreme with no apologies. Want to have a boyz night in with beers, nachos and artichokes? Well, this flick is the ultimate companion piece to that sweet jive. PARTY AND PUKE DUDES!
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