A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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).
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Over 130 "f--s," as well as frequent use of other assorted other profanity ("hell," "s--t," "ass," etc.).
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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