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 3.5 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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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?