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Jackass: Number Two
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by Peter Sobczynski

"Dignity, Always Dignity!"
4 stars

“Jackass: Number Two” is crude, stupid, disgusting, socially and morally irresponsible and will no doubt lead to a rash of injuries as 14-year-old idiots demonstrate the laws of natural selection while attempting to recreate the painful and dangerous stunts contained within. It is also–shock of shocks–often quite hilarious as well and this is coming from someone who had relatively little use for either the wildly popular MTV series or the previous 2002 film version. After a few dreary days on the beat slogging through one draggy film after another–with the funniest thing being Sean Penn’s performance in “All the King’s Men”–maybe I was just in the mood for 90-odd minutes of meaningless knockabout slapstick and that is exactly what the film delivers in spades.

Like its predecessors, “Jackass: Number Two” is nothing more than a slapped-together collection of blackout skits in which the usual gang of idiots–Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O and others–put themselves through one demented stunt after another while the cameras grind away. There are plenty of gruesomely flubbed stunts, including Knoxville’s climactic flight atop a giant rocket and attempts to skateboard through a gauntlet of swinging sandbags. (This may be the first film in which the potential DVD blooper reel would consist entirely of stunts gone right.) There are cruel practical jokes that the gang inflicts on one another–some of them are locked inside a limo that is filled with bees while another, under the assumption that he is doing a different stunt, is trapped in a cage with a king cobra. There are painful displays of self-abuse–one guy allows himself to be branded while another baits a snake with a sock puppet filled with the one appendage that most guys would want to keep as far away from a snake as humanly possible. There are surreal man-on-the-street gags in which the gang wreaks havoc on the streets and the joke comes from seeing how people react to the insanity–at one point, Satan himself makes a spectacular appearance and there is a running joke involving a little old lady (actually filmmaker Spike Jonze in elaborate makeup) suffering a series of extreme wardrobe malfunctions. And yes, there are plenty of scatological-based gags (in every sense of the word) that are so beyond the pale that the scene in which a guy eats a horse dropping isn’t the most repellent bit in the film.

Although the repulsive bits are the ones most likely to be discussed by awestruck teeners in study hall, these are the least impressive moments in the film because they are gross without being especially funny–little more than graphic extensions of a four-year-old kid showing you his chewed-up food. However, such moments are in the minority here and the jokes, while still as crude and painful as ever, are wittier in both their concept and execution. Of course, to mention any of them in any sort of details would hardly be fair to a movie that depends so heavily on shock and surprise for it laughs. Without going into too many details, I will merely state that some of my favorite moments include Knoxville’s vehicle of choice for the requisite bike stunts, the celebrity guest star who takes part in their attempts to jump off a pier using various rocket-equipped vehicles and a teeter-totter contest enlivened by the presence of an angry bull. I also loved such flat-out weirdness as the opening bull run, the magic trick performed by guest star John Waters (whose early film experiments helped to inspire the entire “Jackass” phenomenon) and a bungee-jumping gag in which resident midget Wee Man leaps off a bridge with his cord tied to a fat guy. The funniest, most sustained bit comes during the final practical joke, in which one of the players agrees to perform a not-especially-amusing bit (taking a cab to the airport while dressed as an Arab and muttering about blowing things up) without realizing that he is actually the butt of a multi-layered gag that comes close to resembling a live-action version of the immortal “Duck Amuck” cartoon.

If I wanted to, I’m sure I could come up with some profound explanation as to why “Jackass: Number Two”–a film theoretically aimed for the lowest common denominator–made both myself and a roomful of my colleagues bust out in hysterics while we were watching it. I could talk about how the crudity of both the humor and its presentation strike some primitive chord within us all. I could speculate as to what it means that a film that will doubtlessly find its greatest popularity among frat-house boys and their ilk nevertheless contains more homoerotic material in its 90-odd minutes than most films aimed squarely at gay audiences. However, this is the kind of film for which strenuous analysis is besides the point–you either laugh at it and walk away entertained or you aren’t and you walk away appalled. For the most part, I laughed a lot and those of you with a taste for slapstick and absurdist humor are likely to feel the same way. Just don’t try any of the stunts at home.

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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
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  22-Sep-2006 (R)
  DVD: 26-Dec-2006



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