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“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” – Review (SO-SO POSITIVE)

November 8, 2013

[I know, I know, I know, I’m late with this review, I’m late with quite a few actually. October was a crazy month for me, working on a few film jobs, working part-time at Spirit Halloween (never again), and of course continuing my mundane life at Starbucks. But, I’m back, so lets catch up on some movie reviews. Yes, I did see this movie the week it came out, so I’m not behind on actually viewing the film, just the writing of the review part.]

Screen shot 2013-11-08 at 2.43.45 PMI love the “Jackass” movies, they’re my last real guilty pleasure, so my anticipation regarding a spin-off featuring focusing on a character Johnn Knoxville does in “Jackass” caught my eye. What I wasn’t expecting was the movie to be heavy on the story side rather than focusing on more of the classic stunts.

Irving Zisman (Knoxville) is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companion: his eight-year-old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll). Along the way Irving will introduce the young and impressionable Billy to people, places, and situations that give new meaning to the term “childrearing”. The duo will encounter male strippers, disgruntled child beauty pageant contestants (and their equally disgruntled mothers), funeral home mourners, biker bar patrons, and a whole lot of unsuspecting citizens.

Like “Borat” “Bruno”, this is a movie with real people in unreal situations, making for one really messed up comedy. And for the most part, a lot of the stunts are quite sound, there’s at least 2 major audience reactions in the film that people loose their shit over, I know I did. But again, my problem with this movie was the lack of stunts. Knoxville and his ragtag group of writers, yes, this film has a group of writers, including Oscar nominee Spike Jonze (also one of the original creators of the MTV series)!

The story is quite simplistic; grandpa doesn’t wanna care for Billy, so he plans to take the kid to his biological deadbeat father in North Carolina. And after an hour of the two ninkanpoops getting along on the road, you can pretty much guess how the story is going to end up. For me I just wanted more mindless dumb fun, instead of a typical narrative storyline. That’s not why we see these “Jackass” films, but, less we forget, this movies title features the words “Jackass Presents…”.

I didn’t hate the movie by any means, it’s funny when it needs to be, for the right reasons, but it wasn’t what I was hoping for. Honestly, and this is nothing to discredit the filmmakers, but the best part of the movie was the end credits, when we got the inside look at how the film was made, when the crew revealed to the people that it was all for a movie, and of course a nice tribute to their fallen comrade, Ryan Dunn.

GRADE: B-

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