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Jackass 3D

A movie released October 15, 2010

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Defies description, criticism or rational response.

  • Nov 16, 2010
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How can one even really attempt to review a "movie" like JACKASS 3D? It's not a work of fiction and it isn't really a documentary. It's not a sketch anthology, because some of the stuff is sorta real. Frankly, it simply can't be reviewed on its merits as a movie.

So I'm left with trying to review its entertainment value (which is a big thing…being well entertained will excuse a lot in my book)…and this isn't easy either. Some of JACKASS 3D is extremely funny. And some of it is SO offensive. Some level of offensiveness is okay in my book, but this film crossed a few too many lines for me. I realize for others that line is further out…and that's okay. I can only comment on my own responses.

In case you don't know, the JACKASS phenomenon basically involves a group of men who've figured out how to do the most horrific things to themselves in order to make money. Whether inflicting severe pain on themselves (that seems to be Johnny Knoxville's specialty) to allowing the most disgusting things to happen to them (Steve O. thrives here), JACKASS appeals purely to the most base level of our sense of humor. I suspect that these films also appeal far more broadly to men than women…but that's pure speculation on my part. However, I have yet to speak to a woman who actually has much good to say about these films and the TV show. It's not that the films are misogynistic…they hardly feature women at all. It's just that they appeal to very boyish part of men that still laughs at poop jokes and people being injured in the groin. For me, the best analogy for the experience is to imagine AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS totally and completely uncensored and rather than simply hosted by Tom Bergeron or Bob Saget, but the stunts are actually executed by and inflicted on the hosts.

The movie is a series of stunts that fall into 3 basic categories. First are the pain sequences, involving things such as allowing a bull to ram Knoxville or a dog to chew into his rear end. These are, for me, the funniest scenes. I guess I'm over the poop jokes but not so much over laughing at the old knee to the groin stuff. Best of all are the earliest scenes, involving a giant hand that unexpectedly "high fives" various members of the team, knocking them to the ground. It nicely mixes the joy of pain inflicted on others with the element of surprise. Another "highlight" is when several team members must navigate a narrow path that is covered in active tazers. The pain inflicted is pretty significant, but the fascination level is also pretty high.

Second, we have the gross-out scenes, and many of these are nearly unbearable to watch. Many literally involve poop, but other bodily fluids are involved at times. The stunt with the sweatsuit made of Saran wrap (I can't bring myself to describe it) was so thoroughly revolting that I literally could not watch it all. Other stunts involve porta-potties, and if you can imagine the scene early in SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE involving a public toilet, but real…you have the beginnings of an idea as to what is involved. I could die a happy man never having to see anything like these scenes again.

Third, there were the "candid camera" scenes. These were stunts set up to follow member s of the public. There was one extended bit involving several little people getting into a bar fight that was actually kind of clever. The rest of these bits were vaguely disturbing and TRULY unfunny. Hardly a chuckle from the audience and even the filmmakers seemed somehow disinterested. And these kinds of scenes really didn't fit into the spirit of the rest of the movie…which is somehow about the strange, twisted, sick but oddly supportive camaraderie between the core members of this team.

I cannot recommend JACKASS 3D (by the way, I found the addition of the 3D to be nearly worthless, even though it WAS of very good quality). No one in their right mind should recommend a JACKASS movie to someone else. It really would simply take a leap of faith to see this if you've never endured one before. You might be entertained but you might be horrified more thoroughly than any work of fiction could ever hope to achieve. If you've seen and enjoyed these films before, then you've probably seen it already. I saw it over three weeks ago and just now was able to approach it with some semblance of rationality.

Ultimately, I did laugh at big chunks of the film, so I'm going to give it a modest rating. But really, this film defies rating.

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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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