Parents' Guide to

Action Point

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Chaos and bodily harm in unruly but likable comedy.

Movie R 2018 85 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

Backdrop to more "Jackass" stunts with gross out, juvenile humor.

Knoxville knows no shame...and he's NOT growing out of it with age. The poor acting and shoddily contrived plot are just bad excuses for more Jackass style stunts. Fans of the brand will get their simpleton, infantile chuckles but this shell of a movie will leave any mature adult regretting the experience.

This title has:

Too much sex
age 12+

2018, I am forgotten

Now I see why this section is so empty. Based on a real action park full of accidents like the reception of this movie that could had been a bigger summer splash if the promotions was bigger. Typical Jackass violent slapstick not to try at home. Now it's forgotten like an abandoned theme park full of Youtube explorers. Your family will maybe rather watch Wonder Park.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (5):

As with Knoxville's surprisingly likable Bad Grandpa, this movie is appealing and often funny, in a reckless, naughty way. Set over the course of a late-1970s summer at a lakeside theme park, Action Point has the raucous, carefree feel of something like Meatballs, Adventureland, or Wet Hot American Summer, only edgier (and, unlike the latter, it's not an homage to anything). It has a plot, but half the point is to use the theme park to stage ridiculous, Jackass-style stunts and pranks, such as knocking Knoxville down a waterslide with a high-pressure hose and smashing him through a barn door with a catapult.

When the plot does kick in, it's hard not to care at least a little bit about the touching, slightly clueless relationship between father and daughter -- and about the fate of the ramshackle park, especially when loathsome, greedy lawyers and businessmen are the villains. The movie does play with the idea that this 1970s "Wild West" ("people took responsibility for their own actions!") was preferable to today's more politically correct era. While one-sided, the argument at least offers an interesting discussion point. The vintage pop-punk songs are energetic, and the colorful, misfit supporting characters (the "s--tbirds") are fun (including Jackass veteran Chris Pontius) and lovably goofy. And the ending, more chaos than victory, is entirely appropriate.

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