Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa
Let's not have any confusion, when the title starts with Jackass Presents you're not gonna be watching a life changing, Academy Award winning piece of cinematic history. At best you will be sitting through 90 some odd minutes of juvenile, bathroom humor peppered with sex jokes, nudity, racial stereotypes, filthy language, and inappropriate behavior. Or as I like to think of it, hometown America in Walmart at 10:30 on Saturday night.
I will say this is not your normal Jackass movie. This one actually has somewhat of a storyline. It actually has a beginning, middle, and an actual end. There is what appears to be something that could be described as acting and a couple of times I caught a glimpse of something I might consider emotion.
The thing that makes me uncomfortable is the unsuspecting people that are taken advantage of so that we can laugh at their reaction. Don’t get me wrong, I understand why it’s funny, that’s just not my favorite kind of comedy. To their credit Johnny Knoxville and his merry band of sickos make what Sasha Cohen did with Borat look like amateurs. But let's be honest, it's not that difficult to go to small town America and make earnest people who only want to help somebody look stupid with no risk to the people that are setting up the joke. If they really want to do something how about go to Iran and be disrespectful to Mohammed and the Koran at an Al-Qaeda covered dish supper. That might be more exciting.
Johnny Knoxville is flawless as Bad Grandpa but on his own it would just be another bunch of small clips put together. The secret to this movie is 9 year old Jackson Nicoll who plays his grandson Billy. Billy’s mom is going to jail for crack cocaine and Grandpa doesn’t want him so he is taking him across country to Raleigh North Carolina to live with his worthless dad. Without Billy this is a total waste of time but because of his cute cherubic face and his impeccable comedic timing, this movie is going to be a huge hit. Not only is he funny when he is in scenes with Knoxville, he may be at his best when he wonders around town looking for Grandpa at strip clubs and adult bookstores.
Please understand that if you are easily offended this movie is no for you. Thee were a few people that walked out at the preview I attended. The people making this movie have no limits. Grandpa getting stuck having sex with a Coke machine, little Billy drinking beer in the park with Grandpa, and Grandpa stripping in tighty whities with distressed elastic and very real looking rubber prosthetics, are just where they get started.
Rated R for everything Jackass stands for. If you email me to ask if it’s appropriate for your 12 year old to see I won’t answer. I will just forward your email to DSS and call the police.
I would like to say that I found this movie to be utterly disgusting and morally beneath me, which I did, but sadly I have to confess I laughed the entire time. I will say there is no doubt that Johnny Knoxville is the genius at this kind of humor that Adam Sandler will never be.
My Score on the lowbrow obnoxious comedy scale: 4 Buds