Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.

Movie Info

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) Paramountmore
Rating: R (for strong crude and sexual content throughout, language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use)
Genre: Documentary, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Fax Bahr, Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 28, 2014
Box Office: $102.0M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Blythe Barrington-Hu...
as Pageant Contestant
Kassidy Hejlik
as Pageant Contestant
Johnny Knoxville
as Irving Zisman
Spike Jonze
as Old Woman
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Critic Reviews for Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (25)

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.

Full Review… | December 10, 2013
Top Critic

Onlookers occasionally glance into the camera, a pretty good sign that people are hip to these prankster movies now and just play along.

Full Review… | November 7, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 2, 2014
Flick Filosopher

It's foul and filthy but only occasionally funny.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Daily Record [UK]

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

Full Review… | February 3, 2014
Q Network Film Desk

Stuffs male jackassery into a paper-thin piņata of a contrived plot, then blindly bashes us over the head, again and again, with a stick marked 'SEE WHAT AN OLD MAN AND A YOUNG BOY CAN GET AWAY WITH!'

Full Review… | December 27, 2013
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


Jackass Presents: Bad Movie. Utterly cringe-worthy.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

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