Jackass: Number Two

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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More stupid and dangerous stunts. Duh.
  • R
  • 2006
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 32 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySaikano April 9, 2008

Woot...

Okay first of all, jackass was NEVER made for 10 y/o to go and watch. 2. Jackass is the same as saying Donkey and as an equine specialist, i hear this tearm us... Continue reading
Adult Written byLupus November 16, 2016

Unflinchingly crude sequel packed with language and sex

Jackass: Number Two manages to be too inappropriate for younger audiences yet too immature for audiences old enough to watch it to find it very funny. Having th... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byDolphinTaleFan October 27, 2012

Gross but good

This movie is so gross and violent. No one under 17 should watch this. It almost made my friend puke

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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