Jackass: The Movie

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Jackass: The Movie Movie Poster Image
More idiotic and dangerous than the show. Really.
  • R
  • 2002
  • 80 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 33 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

All characters are white males, and all males cheerfully go "below and beyond" for a laugh, embarrassing their friends and putting them in dangerous situations. Some stunts are very dangerous, and even though the movie includes a "do not try this at home" advisory, is it really enough?

Violence

Painful, real-life injuries throughout.

Sex

Extreme real-life abuse that includes insertion of various substances and objects into orifices.

Language

Extreme: "f--k" and everything else exclaimed often (especially during stunts).

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie earns its R rating due to the excessive display of bodily fluids and use of vulgar language. But there's no MPAA rating that would provide any useful guidance about the movie's inappropriateness for audiences of any age. Parents should know that the movie includes very disgusting and visually explicit gags.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byPlague December 3, 2009

Great movie, crappy review.

I give the movie a 4 for hilarity. But I give this site's review a 0. Very sexist, and slightly racist. I've reviewed movies where the women act kinky... Continue reading
Adult Written bymoviewannabe August 27, 2014

Some were funny, some were stupid

This is movie hilarious. I saw this on Netflix and I laughed out loud throughout some of the stunts and pranks. My favorite scene in this movie was the golf cou... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old December 9, 2011

who watches it

we all know it came out and i have to say these 6 words it sucs and it is stupid. what kind of idiot watches it my friends watch stuff like this and they say it... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 2, 2011
san1991, if you let kids like me watch Jackass: The Movie, then you are a BAD PARENT!

What's the story?

JACKASS isn't a movie in the conventional sense of the word. There's no story, and there are no characters. It isn't a documentary, because it features stunts created just for the movie. What is it, then? An extended, more explicit version of the popular MTV show in which a group of idiotic guys performs idiotic stunts that involve such things as running around in their underwear and puking. Like the MTV show, the movie doesn't have a plot. It documents the same group of people from the TV show, led by Johnny Knoxville, performing extremely stupid and often very dangerous stunts.

Is it any good?

Jackass is an endurance contest for adolescents (and perpetual adolescents) and a comedy for people so bereft of empathy that they think it's funny to see people hurt themselves. When deciding whether to see Jackass, you should ask yourself one question: How enjoyable would it be to watch people abuse their bodies to perform stunts in the most grotesque manner imaginable? If you answered, "highly enjoyable and extremely amusing," this is your movie. Anyone else, however, should run screaming in the other direction.

 

To give you a taste of the movie's humor, one of the stunts involves a man snorting wasabi up his nose and then proceeding to vomit it out. Another stunt involves a man eating a snow cone -- except that in this case the man has urinated on the snow, and therefore knows he's eating his own bodily waste. Another involves a man using the demo toilet in a store's plumbing display, even though it's not hooked up to any plumbing. Then there are the stunts involving stuffing objects not intended for that purpose into bodily orifices also not intended for that purpose. The most appropriate commentary on the movie comes from a cameraman, who becomes so disgusted that he throws up, which, of course, gets incorporated into the movie. Even for people who enjoy bathroom humor, Jackass wears thin because its unremitting brand of literally painful bathroom humor just isn't funny.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between innocent slapstick humor and the kind of slapstick found in this film. When do they take it too far? Why would someone put themselves through these stunts? It's also worth discussing the kids who try to duplicate these stunts (despite the warnings) and end up seriously hurt. Are warnings really enough to stop some kids? Do the makers of these films and the MTV show have a responsibility for the safety of others beyond the posted warnings? Why or why not?

Movie details

For kids who love comedies

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