Jackass Forever (18)
Jackass Forever (18)
Director: Jeff Tremaine
Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Wee Man, Danger Ehren, Preston Lacy, Sean “Poopies” McInerney, Zach Holmes, Eric Manaka introducing Jasper, Rachel Wolfson
Synopsis: Celebrating the joy of being back together with your best friends and a perfectly executed shot to the dingdong, the original Jackass crew return for another round of hilarious, wildly absurd, and often dangerous displays of comedy with a little help from some exciting new cast. Johnny and the team push the envelope even further in Jackass Forever.
Paramount Pictures, MTV Entertainment and Dick Productions have revived Johnny Knoxville’s slapstick, gross-out comedy franchise after a 12-year hiatus from the big screen.
Jackass Forever, which reunites many members of the original crew, stars Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Wee Man, Danger Ehren, Preston Lacy, Sean “Poopies” McInerney, Zach Holmes, Eric Manaka and Rachel Wolfson, along with numerous cameos.
With ascribed ratings of 18 and R for “strong crude material and dangerous stunts, graphic nudity and language throughout,” Jackass Forever will split opinions.
In the film’s Godzilla-type opening sequence, penises and scrotums appear as fully-fledged characters. Johnny Knoxville and crew take male genital torture to new heights, with characters in stomach-churning, excruciatingly painful stunts, and injurious slapstick of every variety, with prolific graphic nudity. Even if you worry throughout about the cast’s health and safety, this celebration of being back together with your best friends and hitting a man exceptionally hard in the crotch will always be funny as you relive your misspent youth with the Jackass crew.
We are treated to another round of wildly absurd, revolting, gag inducing and often dangerous displays of comedy, with a little help from some of the new cast company and frequent use of animals as tools in some of their infantile games with their questionable humour.
It has been twenty years since Jackass: The Movie brought the MTV-backed reality stunt-show insanity of Johnny Knoxville and his raucous crew of masochistic clowns to the big screen. Two decades on, we are offered the sight of those same now-very-middle-aged men delighting in their own dumb debauchery with no plot, no script, just a series of don’t-try-this-at-home sketches.
With added gallons of pig semen, faeces, vomit and cheap laughs from exploited animals – including bees, snakes, a bear, vulture, bull, and a host of insects – the gross-out troupe’s stunts are alternately shocking and revolting.
Either way it would only be a spoiler to describe some of the spectacular stunts which wave decency goodbye with this testosterone overloaded crew, which now features one woman.
In Scorpion Botox, Jules brings in a scorpion to crawl on Rachel’s face and sting her in the lips – three stings altogether in the process.
“Are you filming my bald spot? “asks Johnny Knoxville, the “captain” of the “Jackass” team of professional stunt performers and pranksters, to find it is immediately covered with spray paint by one of his crew of battered, bloodied, and bruised performers.
By the end of this fifth and final film it is amazing that all of them can still walk, let alone step onto an industrial treadmill running at its highest setting. “He’s bleeding,” Chris Pontius says of Knoxville, after they are flung from the treadmill, “and my hairline is receding.” It doesn’t seem too terrible a result for that skit or for twenty years of these bizarre stunts.
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