Jackass 3-D

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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More stupid stunts and cruel pranks -- this time in 3-D.
  • R
  • 2010
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 47 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

There are no positive messages here. The featured behavior is mean-spirited, destructive, and dangerous. The movie does come with a warning for viewers not to try any of these stunts at home.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The cast members obviously share a strong friendship, but they also play cruel jokes on one another and laugh at one another's pain. Perhaps the most disturbing thing is that they've made themselves rich and famous from their movies and TV shows -- which could help "inspire" teens to try something similar.

Violence

Tons of self-inflicted violence and mean-spirited practical jokes. The subjects get smashed in the face and in the groin with various objects, as well as covered with various bodily fluids and excrement. Characters hit and punch each other. Several stunts result in painful-looking falls and crashes. Several animals and creatures (bulls, buffalo, a ram, scorpions, bees, etc.) attack the subjects. Some blood is seen (especially in a painful tooth-pulling sequence).

Sex

Several scenes with full-frontal male nudity. Cast members urinate and defecate on camera, and various objects are placed in various orifices. Cast members also make sex-related jokes and appear in sexually suggestive positions. In one prank sequence, a "grandfather" passionately kisses his "granddaughter" and grabs her bottom.

Language

Many uses of "f--k" (and variations thereof), "s--t," "c--ksucker," "ass," "a--hole," "goddamn," "hell," "piss," "nuts," "oh my God," "dick," and more.

Consumerism

While there's a long list of sponsors in the credits, brand names are hardly referenced onscreen.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cast members drink one swallow of beer during a prank in a bar.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bythunderfunk1992 March 1, 2011

Good for Older Teens.

If you're alright with exposing your children to copious amounts of Chris Pontius's tallywacker, then there really isn't much else that is worth... Continue reading
Adult Written bycheerlover552 March 30, 2011

good movie

great movie really funny!
Kid, 11 years old May 31, 2011

heck no!

explicit violence landuge sex and drugs if you let your kids see it im calling the police!
Teen, 14 years old Written byJoespray12 June 3, 2013

JackAss gets a bit too interested in sexual situations....

I threw up SIX times watching this in the first hour...In one scene there's a cast member PEEING on other cast members, witha camera taped to his penis. At... Continue reading

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?

Movie details

For kids who love silly humor

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