The suggestion of turning a half-hour television programme in to a 90-minute feature film is hardly a new one. Many action films were televised before given the Warner Bros treatment, along with kids cartoons like X-Men or Transformers (god bless the Transformers movies).
However, justifying a film budget for a bunch of stoned twenty-somethings to go and hurt themsevles sounds like a risky move on Paramount's part. Yet it paid off. Jackass: The Movie is a work of anti-pretty-much-everything genius.
Upon the opening of the film, it is hard to see how there could be a wealthy film company behind the movie. Apparently, the cameras used were more expensive, or higher quality or something. And the plane tickets to take the entire crew to Tokyo and back must have cost a fair amount. For the most part, however, the Jackass movie appears limited to showing injured Americans being sick over each other. Urinating on a snow-cone and then eating it is probably the sickest point in the film, although the bungee-wedgie idea and the butt-launched fireworks come a pretty close second.
The movie contains the usual Jackass crew; Knoxville and Margera tend to take the lead in most of their scenes (such as Knoxville being shot in the gut with a beanbag fired from a rifle, or Bam waking up his parents by letting of fireworks in their bedroom). Cameos include Eric Koston (who tries to teach JK how to 50-50, with painful results) and Tony Hawk and Mat Hoffman showing their stuff dressed up in fat suits.
The 90 minutes is filled with a mixture of self-mutilation, suicidal stunts (tightrope-walking over an alligator pool?) and Trigger-Happy TV style tricks. One of the highlights of the movie is the point at which Knoxville, Margera and one of their buddies get professionally made up to look really old, and then go on a shoplifting and electric-wheelchair-stunt-driving spree (Rocketing down a hill crying "My brakes! My brakes!" has to be one of the funniest things I've seen ever).
It's definately a lads movie (although there are copious amounts of male nudity from 'Party Boy' Pontius), but the 18-rating will have alienated most of Jackass' teenaged demographic. Yet the fact it hit number 1 in the American box-office simply proves the popularity of the skate-culture in society at the moment.
I loved this film. You'll love this film. Go see it. Thanks for reading.
> Pal88 here
Why do you always say that?!?! Your name is next to your post!
> I luv jackass and i think the movie looks promising and very good but
> when is it coming cause it hasnt hit my cinemas yet.
> We've got maid in manhatten (zzzz) and chicago to which i dont
> fully know about just yet..
You're obviously not old enough to see it anyway, it's an 18 (for big people) and you need to be able to spell proppererly before you can go and see it!
> I also do my own little or big jackasses and record them cause one day
> when jackass has finished i can show them all my stunts so then
> jackass can live on forever.
"MTV will not view any videos of your or your mates being Jackasses"
"We will however laugh at you when you accidently nail your head to a wooden post which results in you suffering from death"
You sick little man.
I luv jackass and i think the movie looks promising and very good but when is it coming cause it hasnt hit my cinemas yet.
We've got maid in manhatten (zzzz) and chicago to which i dont fully know about just yet..
Jackass the series was one of the best things to ever hit mtv and ch4.
I also do my own little or big jackasses and record them cause one day when jackass has finished i can show them all my stunts so then jackass can live on forever.
But enough about me and lets talk about Jackass:movie... Has anyone seen it, is it as good asit looks i need answers.... now
> Har har. It's not worth paying north of six quid to see anyways.
Do you honestly pay more than £6 to go and see a movie? My multiplex charges £3.70 for a student and £4.10 for an adult. £6 is ridiculous! What are the popcorn prices like?
> Well you are 'cos that's what they've done a fair few times on the CKY
> videos. But they've done it with more of an assortment of objects.
Yeah well, CKY did everything Jackass has done before them. I preferred it, since it had more skating stuff and Margera had the lead. I quite like the Welsh one too. Dirty something, I think.
God bless those people that want to hurt themselves for my entertainment.
> Yeah - me and my friends at college do some similar stuff. Recently,
> we ripped the legs off some college chairs, and nailed flat pieces of
> wood to the undersides. Then we tied them to the back of a car, and
> dragged people sitting on them at high speed along a local dirt track.
> It's all on camera.
> Wouldn't want to go anywhere near the lengths the Jackass crew go though.
Well you are 'cos that's what they've done a fair few times on the CKY videos. But they've done it with more of an assortment of objects.