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Jackass 3D

A movie released October 15, 2010

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Stupidity Enters a New Dimension

  • Nov 10, 2010
The "Jackass" boys have gotten about as close as they can get to prostitution without having to stand on a curb, flag down a car, and offer the driver sexual favors. They will do anything - and I really do mean anything - to get a laugh, no matter how dangerous, no matter how disgusting, no matter how monumentally ill-conceived. One cannot help but be fascinated by people whose minds work like that. I don't know what they find so appealing about degrading themselves, and I certainly don't understand their need to risk life, limb, and their genitals, but that's exactly what they've been doing and will probably continue to do for as long as people find it funny. This too is fascinating. Why exactly does it say about society that we can actually laugh at someone acting reckless in front of a camera? I'm not posing a rhetorical question. I'm genuinely curious.

It is with that in mind that I find myself in the position of reviewing "Jackass 3D," the third film to have spawned from the hit MTV series. Four years ago, when I reviewed "Jackass: Number Two," I simultaneously warned people to stay away and admitted the perverse pleasure I got out of watching it, in effect confusing both myself and my readers. My confusion isn't as deep this time around; I confess that I laughed at a few select moments, but on the whole, it just didn't seem as funny this time around. Maybe I was put off by the 3D, which was good only in the sense that objects seemed to be coming at me (God knows we need more immersive shots of human excrement erupting from its source). Or maybe four years gives you enough time to rethink your perversities. Whatever the case, I maintain now as I maintained then that no incarnation of "Jackass" is recommendable, regardless of how often one may laugh.

It could be that I'm starting to wonder about the cast. At one time, I assumed that being a part of "Jackass" was merely a phase. Phases, as you know, are meant to be outgrown. When the series first went on the air back in 2000, most of the cast were in their early to late twenties, which is still young enough to get away with being irresponsible. Now that they're in their thirties and beyond, maybe it's time to consider growing up. I'm all for being young at heart, but there does come a point when acting stupidly stops being funny and becomes a sad, desperate ploy for attention. The fact that Johnny Knoxville is a father makes me even more uneasy. I can only hope he raises his children with the cliché but nonetheless important motto, "Do as I say, not as I do."

What prevents me from completely dismissing the film are select scenes that are not only viscously funny, but also in command of the 3D format. A prologue sequence, for example, has Beavis and Butt-head explaining that the film you're about to see is in 3D; Butt-head then demonstrate the process by repeated smacking Beavis, which is to say his fists come flying directly at the camera. Immediately following this, we're reintroduced to the cast, who find themselves on a soundstage rigged with explosives; they detonate one by one during the opening credits, and we're treated to the site of ridiculously costumed men being thrown at, over, and across the camera's lens in super slow motion. A very similar scene closes the film. If there was ever a doubt in anyone's mind that Johnny Knoxville and his friends were jackasses, here is the perfect reminder.

In between these scenes are a series of skits, stunts, and gags that test the limits of fortitude - more so, I suspect, for the audience than for the cast. There are the trailer-friendly skits, such as a gigantic plastic hand rigged to knock people over as they pass through the doorway of an office building, or Knoxville learning the hard way that you truly can't roller skate in a buffalo herd. And then there are the skits that aren't so trailer-friendly, such as when the boys play Teatherball with a hive full of Africanized bees, or when Steve-O takes a reverse bungee-jump ride in a Port-o-Potty full of excrement, or when the obese Preston Lacy wedges an apple in his crack and waits for a pig to come along and eat it. And how could I ever forget the moment Steve-O drinks a cup full of Lacy's sweat? Steve-O immediately vomits all over the floor. So too does the cameraman, and we will see him do this a few more times before the movie comes to an end. Think I've spoiled everything for you? This is but a mere sample of the many revolting stunts the film contains.

How do I rate a movie like this? Movie reviews are typically coupled with an overall rating, but this time around, it feels like a useless endeavor. It didn't seem that way four years ago, but I guess things change with the passage of time. Since I don't have a choice, I have to keep a few things in mind: (1) The film achieves exactly what it wanted to achieve; (2) I was repulsed and shocked at the sheer depravity of the cast; (3) I couldn't tear my eyes away regardless; and (4) this is not a film that anyone in their right minds should pay to see, no matter how much we as Americans get a kick out of juvenile stupidity. I will go ahead a give "Jackass 3D" a rating of three, which should adequately split the difference. Here's hoping I will never again find myself in the same position.

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November 11, 2010
No matter what I do, I just cannot get into this one. Nice review, but I guess this one just isn't for me.
November 11, 2010
To be perfectly honest, this movie isn't for me, either.
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In December 2009, director Jeff Tremaine began doing camera tests with the 3D equipment. In that same month, Johnny Knoxville announced the return of the entire cast of the previous two movies.
Filming of the stunts began on January 25, 2010, Tremaine filmed the crew on private property unlike the traditional Jackass fashion of filming in the streets, and it includes "occasional forays to foreign countries." Bam Margera said that in the first month of filming, he already has 3 broken ribs, resulting in him having to "rest it up at home" until he can return. On April 17, 2010 Margera told the Artisan News Service the movie was 70% done and half the crew had been to the hospital with Margera having "three broken ribs and a broken shoulder and a twisted ankle as we speak."
In April 2010, JackassWorld.com was closed, leaving a posting that says "gone filmin'," and "Thanks for the support the past two years. To keep abreast and a dick of all things related to the world of jackass and Dickhouse (including the currently in production flick jackass 3D), follow us on Facebook and Twitter." A recent online interview with Rick Kosick reveals that JackassWorld.com will no longer be a web site after the movie releases.
Cameraman Lance Bangs told TimesOnline, that “It’s utterly crazy. Everything in 3-D looks as brightly colored as candy. I’m a cameraman on it, and it’s amazing to watch the ...
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Director: Jeff Tremaine
Genre: Documentary
Release Date: October 15, 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: Preston Lacy
Studio: Paramount
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