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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 105
Fresh: 63 | Rotten: 42

Critics 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.

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 10

Critics 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.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 102,206




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 … More

R (for strong crude and sexual content throughout, language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use)
Documentary , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Preston Lacy , Jeff Tremaine
In Theaters:
Jan 28, 2014
Box Office:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (63) | Rotten (42)

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

It's been 11 years since Jackass: The Movie, and three since Jackass 3D, although it feels a lot longer than that.

Full Review… | October 25, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Like the lime-green bingo dabber contents Irving drinks down to the horror of his seatmates, it's an acquired taste.

Full Review… | October 25, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's not really a movie. It's Johnny Knoxville and his Jackass crew faking out real people into believing he's 86-year-old Irving Zisman, an old fart bag traveling cross-country.

Full Review… | October 25, 2013
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Sometimes joy buzzers - and pratfalls, and funny costumes - are really all you need for a laugh or two. Or even a three-star comedy.

Full Review… | October 25, 2013
Newark Star-Ledger
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 piñata 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)

...ultimately just another misguided effort from Knoxville and his band of pranksters.

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
Reel Film Reviews

Less violent and less mean-spirited than Jackass, Bad Grandpa is a funny little diversion and that's about it, but that's okay.

Full Review… | November 16, 2013
The Mercury

Lewd, crude, tasteless...It's when Irving dresses Billy up as a girl in a kids beauty pageant that things get crazy. It's one of those moments, folks, where the angels of good taste and decorum desert you and you find yourself laughing like an idiot.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013

In this sporadically hilarious off-colour comedy, stupid, misogynistic America is skewered by a paradoxical creation: an actor young and reckless enough to raise hell and a character old enough to know better.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013

You'll cough out some second-hand chuckles reliving the moment Irving Pic-ass-o'ed the wall.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013

Bad Grandpa is to Jackass what Borat is to Ali G. The gag is far less about Irving and his grandson; it's relishing in how they antagonise and perplex their unwilling support cast. It's juvenile, it's ridiculous but I laughed, a lot.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
2UE That Movie Show

This really is a movie full of gags. And not entirely in a good way.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
Daily Star

'Bad Grandpa' made me laugh more than it didn't, but I still missed the antics by the rest of the 'Jackass' gang in this R-rated road trip.

Full Review… | November 13, 2013
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

I can't imagine anyone going into this film expecting Mrs. Doubtfire...

Full Review… | November 13, 2013
The Aristocrat

There is something really unsettling and weird about this, and I'm not talking about when the kid does a hilariously wrong striptease to Warrant's Cherry Pie at a beauty pageant.

Full Review… | November 13, 2013
The Standard

As hit and miss as it can be cruel, but with an "odd couple" eight decades apart at its heart it's likely to hit a few sweet spots for eager consumers of Borat-influenced comedy.

Full Review… | November 7, 2013
Birmingham Mail

In 92 minutes I laughed twice. Once at the sight of Knoxville's geriatric being folded on a faulty bed and once on learning that Spike Jonze was part of the brain trust responsible for the alleged screenplay.

Full Review… | November 3, 2013
The Ooh Tray

After a time, the characters start to bond with one another and form a genuinely likeable team.

Full Review… | November 3, 2013
Common Sense Media

It's sporadically hilarious, with some inspired gags and deranged pranks, but for a Jackass movie, this is oddly gentle and sometimes even sentimental.

Full Review… | November 1, 2013
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Bad Grandpa is crude and a bit grubby and I didn't like it at all. Who am I kidding. It is puerile and often takes the joke too far but when it gets it right, it really gets it right and I confess I let our more than a couple of belly laughs. I liked Jackass back in the day but Knoxville's Irving Zisman character was probably one of my least favorite elements, it's to his credit that he has turned one of the weaker sketches into something so strong. A page has been taken out of Sasha Baron Cohen/Larry Charles book but it's brilliantly executed. Although it has to be said, without the brilliant young Jackson Nicoll it would have failed miserably. Good (but not clean) fun.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer


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 Grandpa Quotes

Billy: Grandpa! Were have you been?
– Submitted by Michael P (10 months ago)
Billy: Grandpa, you sharted!
– Submitted by Kristoffer W (10 months ago)
Irving Zisman: You're a pretty little girl you hear me!
– Submitted by Adam P (10 months ago)
Billy: I'm gonna call you cinnamon.
– Submitted by JD H (10 months ago)
Irving Zisman: I'm 86 years old!
– Submitted by Adam L (11 months ago)

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