Jackass 3.5

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Offensive, stupid outtakes and leftovers from Jackass 3D.
  • R
  • 2011
  • 80 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 12 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 the 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. Their only possible influence as role models is to show teens that they can become rich and famous by doing dumb stunts and cruel pranks.

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. Cast members hit and punch each other. Several stunts result in painful-looking falls and crashes. Cast members are burned and zapped with electric shocks. There are fewer bodily fluids on display in this entry in the series, but some blood is seen.

Sex

Several scenes with full-frontal male nudity. Cast members urinate on camera, and various objects are placed into various orifices. One cast member uses his penis as a guinea pig for various stunts. Cast members also make sex-related jokes and appear in sexually suggestive positions.

Language

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

Consumerism

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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A cast member is shown to have something of a drinking problem. When drunk, he gets out of control, assumes another personality ("Darf"), and acts like a complete jerk. Viewers see blurry video footage of this. The cast members react angrily to him.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jackass 3.5 is a direct-to-DVD collection of outtakes and leftovers from the successful Jackass 3D and is similar to the previous Jackass movies and the hit TV series. Led by Johnny Knoxville and his cast of misfits, the film is a nonstop 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 (including on-screen urination, 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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Adult Written byFilmreviews.org November 11, 2019
Parent of a 18+-year-old Written byA Caring Mother April 21, 2019
Teen, 17 years old Written byMrman123 April 12, 2020
Teen, 14 years old Written bywjg180 February 8, 2017

Hilarious

Hilarious, but sometimes went over the line

What's the story?

While making Jackass 3D, the cast members wound up with another movie's worth of outtakes and leftovers, hence JACKASS 3.5. They're presented in the context of behind-the-scenes interviews, giving viewers something of a tiny glimpse into the inner workings of the Jackass machine. There are plenty of crashes, some sequences of animals inflicting pain, cast members wearing fat suits, cast members shown naked, and cast members playing pranks on each other. Will they ever learn?

Is it any good?

By now, we know these guys fairly well, and that adds a bit of goodwill to the proceedings, but this grab-bag of leftovers and outtakes isn't nearly as daring as the feature film. Yet it does offer something of a behind-the-scenes look at the Jackass franchise, which might be dangerous if kids are thinking of copying these guys' antics.

None of the stunts or pranks here are show-stoppers, and some of them are fairly mild; one or two are even funny. And a title sequence with the gang running in slow-motion through the streets of London is pretty terrific. But many other stunts -- some involving electricity or fire -- are stupid and dangerous, and the overall effect is less "so funny" and more "so what?"

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the film's violence. Is it funny? 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 getting 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?

Movie details

For kids who love comedy

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