Jackass: Number Two

 
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More stupid and dangerous stunts. Duh.
  • Review Date: December 22, 2006
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Viewers are warned not to try the stunts at home, but that doesn't make up for the fact that these guys are poster boys for terrible behavior. They constantly fight with and taunt each other and make fun of others. Some of their pranks are designed to shock or alarm other people. The cast is virtually entirely male.

Violence

The guys' bodies undergo incessant abuse -- by bulls charging and tossing, snakes biting (producing blood), hammers and other objects slamming, riot-land mines firing, rockets exploding, falling, leaping, freezing, beating, kicking, sliding, colliding; crashing vehicles (shopping carts, skateboards); a gun is wielded to frighten a prank victim; crotches are hit or kicked repeatedly.

Sex

Frequent shots of naked bottoms, penises, scrotums, and pubic areas; a large naked woman drops onto Wee Man in an act of simulated sex (this is repeated with a large man later); "milking" of stallion to obtain sperm (which the guys then drink from a jar); images of objects and fluids put up rectums (beer and dildo); Spike Jonze appears in old-lady drag, with droopy bosoms visible (with the goal being to alarm passers-by).

Language

Over 130 "f--s," as well as frequent use of other assorted other profanity ("hell," "s--t," "ass," etc.).

Consumerism

At this point, Jackass is its own brand name, with T-shirts, DVDs, and other products available.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Smoking cigarettes, drinking beers. In one skit, Knoxville-as-Grandpa pretends to have his "grandson" both smoke and drink from a bottle (in a paper bag) in a public place, enraging onlookers.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this entire film is a series of physically and emotionally abusive pranks and stunts. They're designed for laughs (and the cast members do frequently laugh at each other's pain and antics), but they're also often plainly harmful, producing blood, bruises, and burns. Violence includes falls, vehicle and body collisions, snake bites, charging bulls, and people being punched, hit, kicked, and crashing through glass. Nudity is also rampant, including shots of naked rear ends, male genitalia, and a naked woman. One player's mother appears in bed with a man who's not her husband (the joke is on her) -- she wears a nightdress, he's in his underpants. A man appears in old-lady drag, exposing "her" droopy breasts to passers-by, who are duly upset. Language includes relentless use of "f--k," as well as other obscenities. Some cigarette-smoking and beer-drinking.

What's the story?

JACKASS: NUMBER TWO opens with a running-with-the-bulls sequence that sends the movie's stars -- and the animals -- crashing through a suburban set's fake walls and windows. On one hand, the stunt compares the annual Pamplona spectacle and the Jackass spectacle, asking viewers to see the likeness between vaunted cultural traditions and this (debatable) "art" form. It also makes a comparison between the arts of movies and of violent stunts. Rendered in grandiose slow motion, the sequence parodies the way movies are supposed to work: You introduce your stars and the concept, and then you put them through some challenges, leading to education or evolution. In Jackass, everyone knows going in that the stunts are stupid and the effects painful. And so, the stars and the concept themselves become the challenges, and transformation and resolution are about as likely as anyone in the cast escaping without a hit to the crotch. Or so it seems. The trick of Jackass is that it's wholly conventional. For all the seeming outrageousness of the premise -- don't try these stunts at home, expect to be offended, you're watching professionals -- Number Two uses familiar, simple structure. The boys indulge in pain and pleasure, damaging themselves and each other because they can. By the time the finale rolls around -- a song and dance extravaganza complete with high-kicking girls, tuxedo T-shirts, and an homage to Buster Keaton -- viewers feel as exhausted as the players look, and as unsatisfied. The end is never the end. That said, the musical number points directly at the motto of the Jackass crew: This is the time of your life to have fun and do whatever makes you laugh. The lyrics are punctuated by over-the-top stunts in the background, pointing out the obvious and proactively acknowledging the guys' insanity before critics do.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While you might wonder at the longevity of Johnny Knoxville's career or the continuing participation of Bam Margera's parents, the punk-rock appeal of Jackass is plain: Boys everywhere are supposedly thrilled by the guys' excess and the offense and their effort to undermine structure and upset adults ... and girls. It's no accident that the Jackass universe is male (save for the finale dancers, April Margera, Spike Jonze in drag, and a performer brought in by John Waters, Number Two is entirely populated by males).

 

The cast members' interest in their penises and bottoms is patently adolescent (their refusal to grow up constitutes much of the Jackass appeal). While it's frequently been termed homoerotic or even "gay," such interest here leads into a strangely broader set of observations about fear and threats as a cultural norm. Certainly, the guys offer up some familiar-seeming pranks that restate their childish delight in all things "doody." They repeatedly inflict injury on exposed bottoms, a repetition that makes the ostensible "transgression" quite ho-hum.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why this sort of physical abuse is considered comedy. What's funny about these extreme pranks and stunts? How does the guys' own laughter encourage viewers to laugh, too? What role did MTV play in helping make these one-time skater dudes famous? Is the rush from performing these silly, wacky, and outrageous stunts worth the trouble? Families can also discuss the difference between daring and bad taste. Where do you draw the line? And what about when other people are involved? What's the difference between playing a funny practical joke and being cruel?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 22, 2006
DVD release date:December 26, 2006
Cast:Bam Margera, Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O
Director:Jeff Tremaine
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:95 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:for extremely crude and dangerous stunts throughout, sexual content, nudity and language.

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Teen, 16 years old Written bybradley4846 October 11, 2010
 

Dissapointing

I loved everything about the first one, it made me laugh constintly. but there is something about this one that i didn't like. Yes, it was funny, but there was something about it. There is nudiy (and fake nudity), language, violence, and way more. Only see if you liked number one.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebo344 August 9, 2015
 

Funnier than the first.

Jackass: Number Two was way funnier than the first. Once again, Knoxville, Tremaine and Jonze crafted a fun sequel based on the Tv show, which they created. The ending was the best part of the movie, I just cant stop laughing. Grade: B.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byfonzieg April 3, 2015
 

Absolutely hilarious and disgusting comedy is great, but not for everybody!

You know what's rare, a sequel that's waay better than the original, and that's what Jackass Number Two, it's 100x better than the first! It's a lot more disgusting and painful than the first, but it's funny! It does show feces, blood, urine, and horse semen, but those are all a part of the hilarious segments that are shown in this movie! When watching this movie, prepare to have a barf bag with you!

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