Jackass The Movie (2002) – movie review

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Movie Review by Neils Hesse

Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, Steve-O, Dave England
Director: Jeff Tremaine

JACKASS THE MOVIE follows the exploits of nine young men who take the idea of a practical joke beyond all conventional limits. They dress up as old people and shoplift, they perform dangerous yet ridiculous stunts like hanging on a tight rope above a crocodile pit with a piece of meat dangling from one daring man’s bottom. They repeat these stunts in many different ways mainly just to have a laugh and an adrenaline rush.

This film has no script and what you see is almost entirely real. The members of the Jackass are all professionals so they are aware of the dangers that they put themselves in. For a film without a script it proved to be very entertaining although some scenes seemed to border on the ridiculous, like shoving a toy car up one man’s rectum – just for fun!

All the performers excel at what they do in this movie and the director keeps it true to its original MTV format. It is an extreme show that refreshingly does not attempt to be anything more than comical and friendly, so all in all it is true escapism with many laughs.

4 out of 6 stars