A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that they can expect more of the usual from the Jackass crew this time around: dangerous and often downright stupid stunts and pranks (like seeing how hard a snapping turtle will bite their nose or whether baby powder can be used to show the precise moment flatulence leaves the body). This DVD is compiled from material leftover from Jackass: Number Two, so it tends to be lower-concept stuff that the filmmakers rejected for the theatrically released movie. Expect shots of naked butts, male genitalia (and penis posters and T-shirts), men drinking or being sprayed with urine, a man able to defecate at will for the camera, a nude morbidly obese woman sitting on Wee Man (who is a Little Person), and more. Oh, and incessant swearing, too.
What's the story?
The Jackass crew, a group of man-boys led by Johnny Knoxville who participate in all sorts of dangerous and downright dumb stunts and pranks, has become a profitable brand-name for MTV, the network that first aired their TV show. Combining equal parts daredevil stuntsmanship and outright idiocy, the guys -- who are now a full eight years older (and presumably richer, given that Bam Margera drives a Lamborghini) than when the show started airing -- are still up for their usual trickery. But this batch of skits isn't new -- just the surplus material that didn't make it into Jackass: Number Two.
Is it any good?
These are subpar setups that weren't deemed good enough for a theatrical release; some are neither shocking nor funny, just gross. A couple of the skits net a few laughs, but others could end in vomiting or other expressions of disgust -- like the sight of Dave England defecating on cue for the camera, for example. And if only there was a procedure that could erase the memory of seeing Wee Man, who is indeed a Little Person, being sat on by a very nude, very morbidly obese woman who was going to "give birth" to him.
It's obvious why young men and teen boys idolize these merry pranksters. They don't do much of anything except hang out, come up with stupid stunts, do them, and egg each other on... Except for Margera's unbelievably accepting mother (and the super-sized nude woman), there are no women in this Jackass world; it's not hard to see why.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why these stunts come with a warning at the beginning and the end. Whose fault is it if fans try to mimic the crew and end up seriously hurt? Teens: Does the crew's behavior make you want to try an elaborate prank yourself? Do you think the crew acts responsibly when they perform their "skits"? Families can also discuss why this sort of physical abuse is considered comedy. What's funny about these extreme pranks and stunts?
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