It’s been a decade since ringleader Johnny Knoxville and his Jackass crew introduced us to their decidedly bizarre world of backyard stunts and public pranks. Since then, they’ve turned their scatological humor into decent box-office business leading up to this third sequel. The film is more of the same (except, of course, this time around the vomit and other bodily projectiles can be seen streaming through the air in digital 3-D). The camera effects and slow-motion replays bring out the truly painful qualities of these ill-conceived stunts. Some examples: Steve-O takes a tee-ball to his testicles while wearing nothing more than a pair of tighty whities, two guys play tetherball with a beehive, and Knoxville and his buddies tie a guy’s tooth to the back of a Lamborghini and successfully extract it by driving off. The film certainly has limited appeal. The guys laugh a little too much at their own jokes, and you can only see a dude get kicked in the balls so many times before the stunt starts to run thin. Still, these pranksters have an undeniable charm that exceeds their stupidity. Be sure to stick around for the credits to see all the stupid stuff that didn’t make it into the finished film.
Director: Jeff Tremaine
Producer: Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze and Johnny Knoxville
Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Ryan Dunn, Jason Acuña, Preston Lacy, Ehren McGhehey, Dave England and John Taylor