A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Jackass 3-D is the third movie based on the hit TV series and the first one in 3-D -- which makes everything that much more in your face. Led by Johnny Knoxville and his cast of misfits, the film is a non-stop deluge of idiotic stunts, practical jokes, and scatological/gross-out humor. From beginning to end, it's filled with punching and hitting, self-inflicted violence, and all kinds of bodily fluids and excrement (including on-screen urination and defecation, as well as full-frontal male nudity). When they're not swearing up a storm (including "f--k" and "s--t"), cast members laugh cruelly at one another's pain. The movie comes with a warning not to try any of this stuff at home, but parents can only hope.
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What's the story?
There's no story in JACKASS 3-D, just prank/stunt segments ranging in length and content. Some sequences include simple punching and hitting, while other times the gang goes for vomit-inducing scatological humor. One cast member bungee jumps inside a portable toilet full of excrement; another drinks sweat. Various animals appear, including buffalo, a ram, a pig, a bull, scorpions, and bees, and all of them attack the cast members in some way. The introductory and closing segments are more elaborate than usual, making interesting use of the 3-D angle.
Is it any good?
Roughly a third of Jackass 3-D is, frankly, flat-out hilarious, with extreme slapstick hitting, punching, and pratfalls -- more or less like an updated version of the "Three Stooges." Likewise, ringleader Johnny Knoxville has a certain amount of comic charisma onscreen, and he's often fun to watch. But the rest of the movie is either not funny or absolutely vile; the most heinous stomach-turner has to be a sequence in which Preston Lacy exercises while wearing plastic wrap and then Steve-O drinks a cup of his sweat.
The Jackass guys seem to crack each other up, but they don't seem to understand or care why their antics have caught on in such a big way. The film is both bold enough and stupid enough to cross the line many times between funny and cruel, and it raises some interesting questions. If nothing else, it's an experiment (or perhaps a prank) on the American public.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the film's violence. When is it funny, and when does it cross the line?
Why do these stunts come with a warning? Whose fault is it if fans try to mimic the crew and end up hurt? Do you think the crew acts responsibly when they perform their "skits"? Do you think these kinds of pranks have inspired copycats to post similar acts online?
Why do you think these guys put themselves through this torment? Is it just for the sake of the movie and fame? Do you think they enjoy it?
What makes a prank funny, as opposed to cruel?
- In theaters: October 15, 2010
- On DVD or streaming: March 8, 2011
- Cast: Bam Margera, Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O
- Director: Jeff Tremaine
- Studio: Paramount Pictures
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 95 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: male nudity, extremely crude and dangerous stunts throughout, and for language
- Last updated: May 4, 2020
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