Action Point

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Chaos and bodily harm in unruly but likable comedy.
  • R
  • 2018
  • 85 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Argues that life was more fun before lawyers, political correctness, and "helicopter parenting" became involved. In the movie's world, if a person makes a mistake, they get hurt and then learn from it and move on; they don't call a lawyer or blame someone else. It's a one-sided argument that doesn't make concessions for things like protection and safety, but it's an interesting one that's worth discussing. Some iffy cultural humor.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Absolutely no role models here. Poor behavior rules the day, and even the upright/"establishment" characters are nasty.

Violence

Reckless, presumably real stunts performed by most of the cast. Falling from high places, being on fire, falling off rides, crashing through buildings. Characters are hit in the head, crotch area. Comical punching, kicking. Bloody wounds. Some gross-out humor. Many pratfalls. Bullying. The credits include outtakes that show Knoxville's many filming injuries.

Sex

Quick shot of an adult magazine, with two penises seen. Comical sex scene that includes thrusting and moaning and bodily fluids, though no explicit nudity. Sex scene played for humor; a costumed character thrusts at a woman from behind. Naked male bottom. A woman's half-shirt reveals part of her breasts. Graffiti drawing of penis on billboard. Man briefly flirts with a 14-year-old girl. Quick shot of a folded-over adult magazine. Dogs have sex. Discussion about male organ. Flirting.

Language

Frequent language includes uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "c---sucker," "c--k," "pr--k," "a--hole," "t-ts," "p---y," "bitch," "goddamn," "ass," "bastard," "d--k," "vagina," "t-tties," "hell," "pee," "balls," "nuts," "butt," "tallywhacker," "dong," and uses of "God" and "Jesus" (as exclamations).

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The main character is constantly drinking beer, with no evidence of drunkenness or dependence. Background smoking. Teen smoking. Teens drink beer (followed by vomiting). References to drunk teens at a park. Joke about cocaine in the cotton candy (the kids go crazy for it!). Jokes about a beer-drinking bear. Secondary character pops prescription pills.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Action Point is a largely 1970s-set comedy starring Johnny Knoxville that includes some of his Jackass-style humor. You'll see lots of extremely dangerous-looking stunts and pratfalls, as well as punching, hitting, and injuries. There are also images of full-frontal male nudity, plus sex scenes played for humor, a naked male bottom, and plenty of sex-related and/or gross-out humor. There's a bit of flirting, some of it inappropriate. Language is very strong, with frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," and tons of other words. A key adult character is constantly drinking beer, with no apparent consequence. Teens also smoke and drink -- one vomits after drinking a beer -- and there is a joke about cocaine being in the cotton candy. A character pops prescription pills. Overall, the movie is likable and sometimes funny, but the material is very mature, and there are no real messages or role models to be found.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17 year old Written byJWilliams303 June 1, 2018

Meh.

I was interested in seeing it mainly because two actors from one of my guilty pleasures to watch, Johnny Knoxville and Chris Pontius, were in it, and also becau... Continue reading
Adult Written byThisGuyTho June 2, 2018
Teen, 14 years old Written byTranqqsaraan345 June 2, 2018

Stupid slapstick comedy is not funny.

Action Point is the worst out of all the stunt comedies I’ve ever seen. Don’t bother to go see this.

What's the story?

In ACTION POINT, old man D.C. (Johnny Knoxville) babysits his granddaughter and tells her the story of the time, in the late 1970s, that he ran the most epic theme park in history. Flashbacks tell the story of Action Point's last summer, which featured a visit from D.C.'s teen daughter, "Boogie" (Eleanor Worthington-Cox). It involves unsafe rides and plenty of fun, but D.C. and his crew of "s--tbirds" must step up their game when a bigger theme park opens nearby. D.C. decides to emphasize the "no rules" nature of his park, advertising that what you can't do at the competition, you can do at Action Point. His gambit works, but evil lawyers -- led by the smarmy Knoblach (Dan Bakkedahl) -- continue to try to shut him down. Plus, when D.C. forgets to take Boogie to see the Clash, he risks losing both the park and his daughter.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Action Point's violence. When is it funny, and when does it cross the line? Who determines where "the line" is?

  • This movie doesn't have the usual Jackass disclaimer about not trying these stunts at home. Do you think that means these jokes, pranks, and stunts are any safer to try?

  • How is D.C.'s drinking portrayed? How does he drink so much and never seem drunk? What would be the consequences of this kind of substance use in real life?

  • What does D.C. mean when he talks about characters taking responsibility for their own actions versus the age of "helicopter parenting," etc.? Do you agree with him? What are some arguments against this?

  • How is sex portrayed? Is it treated seriously or as a joke? Which values are imparted?

Movie details

For kids who love stunts and comedy

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