Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

2013

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)

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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

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Critic Reviews for Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

All Critics (107) | 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.

Dec 10, 2013 | Full Review…

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

Nov 7, 2013 | Full Review…

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

Oct 25, 2013 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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

Oct 25, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 25, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Oct 25, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

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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.
Spencer S.

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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
Jim Hunter

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½

Jackass Presents: Bad Movie. Utterly cringe-worthy.

Christian C
Christian C

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½

A hilarious piece of prank heaven from the guys of "Jackass" concerning 42-year old Johnny Knoxville dressing up and acting as an 86-year old perverted grandfather who attempts to take his grandson (Jackson Nicoll) back home to be with his father. It is pretty simple with this movie, if you love the "Jackass" guys and their shenanigans, like me, you will really enjoy this movie. If you find them disgusting and classless, then stay away. It is really an extended "Jackass" skit that accomplishes its goal of making its audience laugh and waiting with nervous anticipation as to what crazy stunt Knoxville will do next.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

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