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Overall Rating
3.48

Awesome: 17.46%
Worth A Look39.68%
Just Average: 23.81%
Pretty Crappy: 11.11%
Sucks: 7.94%

6 reviews, 27 user ratings


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Jackass: Number Two
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by brianorndorf

"Still great stuff, but the material isn't as cocktacular anymore"
4 stars

It’s hard to ignore an unexpected sense of staleness that permeates “Jackass: Number Two.” It’s still a great time at the movies to follow the exploits of these morons as they try to kill themselves, but long gone is the initial spark of creativity and hilarious guerrilla filmmaking that made the original picture (and television show) so much fun.

The members of “Jackass” more or less called it quits after the debut of their 2002 feature film. Well, huge box office and the promise of profit participation have convinced them to regroup, so the pain marches on.

“Number Two” essentially furthers the exploits of the knuckleheads who run into walls, drink ejaculate, and harass each other mercilessly. The sequel is pretty much straight forward daredevil sequences, only this time around everything has a self-aware glow to it that wasn’t perceptible four years back.

If there’s a theme to be found here, it would have to be bulls. Lots of bulls. Snakes are thrown into the mix as well, raining slithery danger down on our boys Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Ehren McGhehey, Preston Lacy, Jason “Wee Man” Acuna, Ryan Dunn, and Dave England. “Number Two” would like you to think the ante has been upped (there is much more genital trauma here than ever before), but the truth is that the film merely stresses the pain itself, rather than go-for-broke depictions of it.

The first film welcomed the viewer into a secret club of sharp frat-house nonsense. The sequel feels more like a studio trying to sell you a product at the supermarket. “Jackass! Now with more snakebites!”

That’s not to say the picture isn’t a complete hoot. Watching the team dust themselves off and head back into the face of stupidity is amusing, and leading the charge is Knoxville, after taking a more conservative role in the last film. He’s starving for trouble this time, and proudly stands out in front alone when the anacondas bite, bulls charge, and bear traps are just looking for a little attention. And he does it all with a weak-kneed, punch-drunk smile.

It’s pretty much the Bam and Knoxville show for this installment, with many of the lesser names getting shoved to the background. I’m especially bummed that Chris Pontius, he of the infectious guttural giggle and global booty-shakin’, is reduced to such a tiny role. His big moment of the movie is extraordinary – let’s just say that if you ever meet him, don’t kiss him on the lips – but his presence is missed throughout, and we are treated to only a cameo from our beloved Party Boy.

It’s the stunts that seem oddly deflated in “Number Two.” They punish the boys well enough with an assortment of rocket-powered grocery carts and wind machines, but since the success of the first film, along with the two spin-off shows “Viva La Bam,” and the marvelous nature program “Wildboyz” (of which “Number Two” uses some footage to beef up Steve-O’s role), inventive insanity is lacking ever so slightly from the shenanigans.

The fun of the first film was releasing this frequently censored MTV show loose in an R-rated wonderland to drum up more perverted heights of mischief. Unfortunately, “Number Two” doesn’t strain any further than the customary assortment of feces and testicle humor. I wasn’t expecting Merchant-Ivory leaps in integrity, but the bits here fail to build on what was accomplished in the first film, and that’s disappointing. “Number Two” feels rushed and slapped together, made by a group that knows all too well now how to sell a joke to their target demographic.

Even as staleness sets in, “Number Two” still contains immense, grotesque laughs, and is an atypical film that clicks best with a large crowd of easily-sickened youth. Even if “Jackass” has grown from a tickle contest between a bunch of skateboarding fringe players to a multi-million dollar industry, there is inherently something riotous about watching a man get pubic hairs glued to his face. I’m not sure why, but it just is.

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originally posted: 09/22/06 01:51:06
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User Comments

6/04/12 Dane Youssef More of the same... only more so. Even more sick laughs and sick cringing horror. 4 stars
8/28/08 Shaun Wallner This movie is so funny! 5 stars
3/01/08 Pamela White laughable immature 3 stars
8/23/07 JeSsE this is the best movie i have ever seen ''steve-o is the best'' MWAH 5 stars
4/01/07 tracey the most disgusting, but strangely amusing movie I've ever seen 4 stars
3/25/07 Freg Let's dumb-down America even more, wait, is that even possible? 1 stars
2/09/07 Indrid Cold "ends up achieving more than a lot of movies that actually aim high" ... exactly! 4 stars
1/18/07 johnno great 5 stars
1/03/07 syndee i seen it in the theater.i loved it.BAM,JOHNNY KNOXVILLE,AND STEVE-O yall are fucking! 5 stars
1/03/07 matt funny as hell. Even better than the 1st one. 5 stars
12/26/06 action movie fan sick and funny very graphic and gross-too repetitive though 4 stars
12/08/06 Stephanie Throckmorton I got nothing to say about this one. 3 stars
10/19/06 Steve-O mostly hilarious, usually retarded, frequently disgusting 3 stars
10/04/06 cam this movie was sweeet whoeevr didnt hink it ewas funny is really weird 5 stars
10/02/06 Pookie Not bad at all, probably not as good as the first but still very entertaining 4 stars
10/02/06 Ash Clever and entertaining at times, but mostly retarded 2 stars
10/01/06 Vadim Could not stop laughing. Awsome. Daniel is 90 y.o. 5 stars
10/01/06 Daniel If you think suicide is comedy...You need you head checked 1 stars
10/01/06 J This is not a "film", its just fun. Deal with it 4 stars
10/01/06 Tom its not meant to be a serious movie, its made for those who like this kind of stuff, teens 5 stars
9/30/06 michael worse than the 1st 1 stars
9/28/06 jacob smith i think it is super funny when the old lady shows her boobs 5 stars
9/28/06 Pritchett With every ticket purchase, they should give out a free shotgun blast to the head. 1 stars
9/27/06 james Best movie in years! if you expect it to be serious, dont go. 5 stars
9/26/06 Mohobbit Great film if you are brain dead. VERY STUPID. 1 stars
9/24/06 tosser I hate myself for loving "Jackass" 4 stars
9/23/06 Michael Wimer Better than the first movie. I liked it. 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  22-Sep-2006 (R)
  DVD: 26-Dec-2006

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  13-Oct-2006

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  09-Nov-2006




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