Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)
Critic Consensus: Never quite as funny as it wants to be, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa still offers viewers the timeless pleasures of seeing an old man get his privates stuck in a vending machine.
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86 year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companion, his 8 year-old Grandson Billy in "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa." This October, the signature Jackass character Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) and Billy (Jackson Nicoll) will take movie audiences along for the most insane hidden camera road trip ever captured on camera. 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. (c) Paramount … More
|Rating:||R (for strong crude and sexual content throughout, language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use)|
|Directed By:||Jeff Tremaine|
|Written By:||Preston Lacy, Fax Bahr, Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze|
|In Theaters:||Oct 25, 2013 Wide|
|On DVD:||Jan 28, 2014|
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Critic Reviews for Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
The wrongs pile up, and there's a clear object of satire. That feels new for the Jackass experience: a target that isn't a crotch. I'd like to see Irv try to strike again with braver gags.
Onlookers occasionally glance into the camera, a pretty good sign that people are hip to these prankster movies now and just play along.
An unfunny 'comedy' full of cheap crudity and punches down at targets who don't deserve it. For some movies there should be hazard pay.
Bad Grandpa's biggest, most eyebrow-rising surprise may very well be the fact that we actually grow to care about him and Billy by the final reel
Audience Reviews for Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Many people essentially hate the premise of "Jackass" but love the execution, and for those lone souls, "Bad Grandpa" will be all you hoped for, and so much more. The pranks were always my favorite part of the show and the films, and the ones featured here are gut wrenchingly perfect. Knoxville and Nicholl troll a beauty pageant, some workers at a shipping center, random people on the street, and adult book store workers. Jackson Nicholl is going places for sure, and his amazing performance in this film only proves what a realistic actor and comedian he is. It's a rather short film that relies heavily on pranks and shock gags, but always hits its mark with ease, and is just as great as its predecessors.
A drunken, cursing grandfather schlepps his grandson across the country to abandon him with his father.
I have to defend why I even watched this film: it was nominated for Best Makeup, and I watch all the nominated films if I can.
First, it's just not funny. It's mean. A man exposing his sagging balls to a group of women, trying to ship a child in a box, or entering his grandson in drag in a beauty pageant all fail to garner any laughs. In fact, people treated others disrespectfully shouldn't be entertaining.
Second and more importantly, this is not satire. It's a practical joke put to film. Practical jokes can be funny between friends, but I don't want to be friends with Johnny Knoxville; he's not friendly. However, this genre, prank films, can be excellent satire like Borat and Bruno. Both are very funny and substantive satires about American society and prejudice. Borat, the character, disarms people, allowing their racism, sexism, and social norm-slavery to come to the fore. Bad Grandpa doesn't even approach these goals.
Overall, I hope this is the last Johnny Knoxville film the Academy chooses to recognize because I don't think I can sit through another one.
Jackass Presents: Bad Movie. Utterly cringe-worthy.
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