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Jackass: The Movie (SE)
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9 years ago By: Jason Coleman
Jackass: The Movie (SE) order
Director:
Jeff Tremaine

Actors:
Johnny Knoxville
Chris Pontius
Steve-O

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Jackass Johnny Knoxville and his merry band of misfits bring their crazy, disgusting and funny antics to the big screen. WARNING: The stunts in this movie were preformed by professionals – yeah right, like Steve-O????
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
It’s always hard to review something like JACKASS THE MOVIE, as no matter what side of the fence you come down on, you’re mostly always seen in a bad light. If you like it, you’re an idiot – if you don’t, you’re a prude. Well even though I prefer my films to be original and thought provoking, I fully admit that this one had me laughing – hard. Something rather primal and raw about the ridiculous antics of the Jackass gang made me forget about some of life’s troubles and put a smile on my face. Whether it was Chris “Partyboy” Pontius ripping off his clothes Chippendales style and flashing butt for all to see or leading man Knoxville going further and further to get a laugh, there is almost a vaudevillian quality to a lot of the Jackass universe. Sure there are some gross (eating a pee snow cone), ridiculous (putting a toy car up the butt), and downright unfunny (when Bam beats his dad in the crapper – I would’ve kicked that kid’s ass!) bits, but for every one of those, there are five that had me crying with laughter.

I suspect (and it’s just my opinion!) a lot of why JACKASS (both the show and movie) is so funny is the comedic temperament of ringleader Knoxville. (He even put classic funny man Rip Taylor in his ending sequence!) Whenever he performs a stunt himself, it’s not only clearly evident he’s 100% committed, but the audience relates to him as well - kind of a sick and twisted everyman. The rest of the gang has their moments (with the exception of Bam Margera whom I just don’t find funny), but its Knoxville’s freak show and rest assured, he knows funny. This is not a flick for everyone (it contains pretty much everything your mom told you not to do), but besides being a little more raunchy and gross at times, it’s no different then the stuff that comedians like Tom Green have been doing for years. Life is too short and full of misery, so if even two or three of the bits in this film help crack a smile, then maybe being a jackass is not such a bad thing after all.
THE EXTRAS
This new UNRATED SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION has a few changes and even fewer additions then the previous SPECIAL EDITION. There is a whopping four minutes of extra footage in the film (don’t know exactly what stuff it was, but I don’t remember seeing that much of Chris Pontius’s ball sack!), the music videos have been taken out and replaced by a “Too Hot For” featurette and an inside look at JACKASS NUMBER TWO. (It’s actually just a teaser trailer!) So is it worth the blatant double dip to get this edition? Let’s find out…

Commentary (with Director Jeff Tremaine, Cinematographer Dimitry Elyashkevich and Johnny Knoxville): This is the commentary to watch, as Knoxville proves he is always the ringleader, taking charge and keeping things interesting. Good thing cause Tremaine and Elyashkevich don’t have many directing or shooting stories, but Knoxville manages to get any and all tidbits from them. A good behind the scenes listen and funny enough to hold interest.

Cast Group Commentary (with Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, Steve-O, Dave England, Ryan Dunn, Jason “Wee Man” Acuna, Preston Lacy and Ehren McGhehey): This one suffers from too many people talking at once, which may be a good commentary when you're drunk and stoned (not promoting anything!), but as a regular listen, it’s not great. It makes you appreciate just how much Johnny Knoxville’s overseeing of all things really keeps it funny.

MTV’s The Making Of Jackass The Movie (24:35): With a naked Partyboy penis picture hanging in the office and the camera guys not knowing how to use film cameras, there is enough in this feature to make even Knoxville blush. This is a thorough and fascinating look behind the scenes, the stuff behind the crazy bravado. Honest, brutal, and funny as hell. (Plus a little more Rip Taylor thrown in for good measure, love that confetti throwing bastard!)

Outtakes (7:10): This one is mostly just takes of all the guys messing up their intros, not the funniest stuff in the world. Remember, these guys are known for actions, not words.

Additional Footage (27:51): Some super funny (see Bullfighting for Dollars and Bamboo Boo) and some not so funny (see Mustard Assault and Pocket Ass Return) extra bits that didn’t make the cut. Again, with a segment called The Failed Ending, we get a little extra Rip Taylor, with Knoxville laughing his ass off! (Certainly shows Knoxville knows funny!)

”To Hot For MTV” Additional Footage (11:45): Nothing great here, as the highlights go from stupid – they dump the body of Dunn in a garbage bin and the cops are called – to absolutely disgusting – making a puke omelet – all of which are terribly unfunny. This is no extra, its filler.

There is also a JACKASS NUMBER TWO Teaser Trailer.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Laughs these days are pretty hard to come by, so watching Knoxville and the rest of the Jackass gang do what they do best for our enjoyment is a good cure for the blues. (Not to mention loosening up the prude’s out there!) The only problem with this new UNRATED SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION is that it’s a crappy double dip of the worst kind – 4 minutes of extra footage, with no music videos, an unfunny new “To Hot For” Featurette and a teaser trailer for the second film. Worth it? Don’t be a jackass, keep the one you've already got!
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