Jackass: The Movie

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

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 40 reviews

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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?


Painful, real-life injuries throughout.


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


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

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
Adult Written byCool jerkerama June 30, 2019
If you have ever seen Jackass on Tv before then this is nothing like it. First let’s talk about the language in this film. The language in this film is pretty b... Continue reading
Adult Written bycrimsonthorn November 24, 2018

Better than YouTube

Instead of watching crappy youtube Pranks this movie is way better. I'm from Quebec, Canada so it's a different culture out there. My kids (9 and 11... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byantoineisthebest August 4, 2011

a fun movie to watch but not to edo

sand vagina lmfao
rip ryann dunn we will miss you
Teen, 16 years old Written bybradley4846 September 26, 2010

Great Movie

This movie made me laugh so hard. But make sure to watch the r rated version. Unrated would be to detailed for me. There is mostly butts for nudity. there is so... Continue reading

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?

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