Franchise sequel has graphic stunts, nudity, language.
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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 4.5 is a 2022 sequel in which Johnny Knoxville and the gang get into more gross-out humor, outrageous pranks, and painful stunts often centered on male genitalia. If you're the least bit familiar with what the Jackass crew has been doing since the year 2000, then you should have a pretty good idea of what to expect from this. There are stunts, pranks, and games, usually violent and often involving graphic male nudity. Hot sauce is poured into the anuses of the gang, followed by popsicles inserted after. We see bowling balls, fast-pitched softballs, hockey pucks, and served tennis balls shot at the groins of the guys. Some pranks involve gallons of animal semen. Condoms filled with raw sewage are dropped on heads. A fish is shoved up the anus of one of the guys so an eagle can swoop down and pick at it. It's virtually impossible to tally every extreme moment of this movie, but it's worth mentioning that, like the others, it's bookended with disclaimers warning the viewer to not try this at home. Constant profanity includes "f--k" and "motherf----r."
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What's the Story?
In JACKASS 4.5, Johnny Knoxville and the gang reunite just in time for COVID to arrive. Undaunted, Knoxville, Steve-O, and many of the familiar faces and bodies of past pranks, stunts, and idiocy are joined by some newer members to engage in antics with names like "Dong Pong" and "Swingset Gauntlet." Between stunts involving hot sauce, exploding porta potties, and animal semen, Knoxville and the crew reflect on the making of this movie and their lives and friendships. The movie is a mix of new material as well as outtakes from the previous movie, Jackass Forever.
Is It Any Good?
It's been years since the MTV series first graced us with the antics of Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, et al., and you should have a pretty good idea by now of what to expect in this latest sequel. Jackass 4.5 is, unsurprisingly, a veritable cornucopia of gags, stunts, and pratfalls involving exploding toilets, various objects hurled or shot at scrotums, gallons of animal semen, and condoms filled with raw sewage. They tried to start filming this when the coronavirus pandemic began but had to pause, and at some point between then and when filming resumed, Knoxville's hair turned gray, and as the guys have taken their brand into middle age, there are some moments of introspective reflection on growing older, friendship, and the challenges of coming up with fresh approaches to the now all-too-familiar.
You're either fully on board with Jackass, or you're not. There isn't a whole lot of in-between here, and it's highly unlikely that Jackass 4.5 is going to win over any new converts. Some people prefer the bons mots of Niles Crane, and some people prefer seeing grown men who have made a successful career out of stupid human tricks try not to gag while eating sashimi that has been shrink-wrapped in the fat rolls of a 400-pound fellow member of the Jackass team. You probably know where you stand on this spectrum, and that should give you a pretty good idea about how much you'll enjoy this movie.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the over-the-top physical humor of Jackass 4.5. Why do many find humor in these elaborate pranks, games, and antics?
Like the other movies, Jackass 4.5 starts and ends with disclaimers essentially asking the viewer not to try these stunts at home. Do you think these disclaimers work, or do they perhaps make some want to try these stunts even more?
In varying degrees, slapstick violence has been a hallmark of some movies, TV shows, and cartoons. How is this similar to and different from The Three Stooges or old Warner Bros. cartoons?
- On DVD or streaming: May 20, 2022
- Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius
- Director: Jeff Tremaine
- Studio: Netflix
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 90 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: February 17, 2023
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