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.
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.