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Jackass Number Two

3 Ratings: 2.7
A movie directed by Jeff Tremaine

Jackass Number Twocould be alternately titled "From Bowties to Bunny Ears: What Will Chris Pontius Be Wearing Next?" Like the firstJackassmovie, Johnny, Bam, Chris, Steve-O, and the rest of the gang are all here. This "sequel" is … see full wiki

Director: Jeff Tremaine
Genre: Comedy, Documentary
Release Date: 22 September 2006 (USA)
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Jackass Number Two

Surprise! 'Jack'(a--)-in-a-Box

  • May 10, 2007
Seeing the previews on a review show, `Jackass 2' looked like a barrel of fun. I saw stuntmen propelled in the air for "Fire hose Rodeo," skiing down a stairwell with artificial snow, and a mini loop motorcycle stunt. What I was expecting was `Candid Camera' meets "X"-treme sports novelties. What I mainly got was a "hybrid"* of 'Fear Factor'. I was misled.

Favorably, it all starts out with a bull run that is harrowing and impressively shot. Later, one of the best scenes is a Hollywood movie parody. (Even though there's no plot, per say, the scene is so impressive, that if you must see it, I wouldn`t dare spoil it for you.) In their defense, they certainly are inventive with every stunt they pull.

Then, it gets morbid. Sight gags with snake bites, stunts with shattered glass, and leeches shown to host on a man's "private parts" and his eyeball are definitely an acquired taste. In one scene, a "phallic" image is branded to one stalwart's b--t. To ensure authenticity, they have to show the blood afterwards with participants writhing in pain and onlookers laughing--like it were `The Three Stooges' gone `Gladiator`. (I don't remember laughing at people getting hurt since I was six, but, maybe, it's just me.) Granted the stunt men are professionals and their caveat--to paraphrase, "Don't try this at home, kids--" is amply posted, but I didn`t find it entertaining. Male b--t shots, feces, vomiting, and actors dressed as elderly people with fake genitals hanging out of garments are the obsessive bill of fare presented. (To their credit, their inventive hijinx is only fractionally represented here.)

I felt like I had entered an impressive carnival and left a freak show that mainly made me feel queasy.

"Let the buyer beware?" Maybe. Not asking for a refund, I, nonetheless, would like other thrill seekers to make an informed decision before entering this circus tent.

*with elements that remind one of the initials associated with Marquis de Sade.

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