It was around 10 years ago that the world was first introduced to the world of Jackass and it’s founder Johnny Knoxville. I think I was in college when it first aired on MTV. Jackass took off from where America’s Funniest Home Videos began, giving society it’s fix of nut shot and stunts-gone-wrong humor. The difference was that the Jackass crew took these stunts to a whole new level. They did things like ‘Human Bar-B-Que’ which was a guy in a flame retardant suit strapped with meat hanging over a pig roast. It was pretty cool and young boys in California thought they could try it themselves, and did, and got (surprise) burnt real bad. Lesson learned. They also did stunts like ‘Poo Dive’ which was, well, a dive into poo. Not for the faint of heart, or anyone really.
So fast foward 10 years and the Jackass boys are now kings of the box office, raking in $50 million on the first weekend for this latest installment, in 3D no less. I was on the train a few weeks ago and I overheard a woman say ‘I’m not paying 15 bucks to see Steve-O puke in 3D.’ Well lady, your loss. The film ups the ante, to say the least. I’m not sure what they weren’t allowed to show, because they really do show anything and everything. There is urine, excrement, sweat, and lots of it. Why are people drawn to this? I’m not really sure. Personally, I enjoy the sight of Steve-O getting hit in the nuts repeatedly. It never fails to amuse me. The gags with outhouses are funny, although there are scenes when you just have to look away for fear of getting sick. Actually, there are a few portions of the film where the crew stops to document one another vomiting because of something Steve-O has done. Ha!
It is a funny and surprising film. There are a lot of hidden gags, like the guy whose painted butt is placed inside a mini-town scene to look like a hill, only to see the hill start bubbling. Oh yeah, it gets worse from there. There is the pee gag, where a camera is trained very tightly against a man’s penis, so you can see the tip, but you’re not really sure what you’re looking at. It sort of looks like a pumpkin. Then he starts peeing on people and laughter ensues, honestly. The last and most important stunt places Steve-O in a filled port-a-potty, which is attached to two cranes and is catapulted air. So what happens is, Steve goes up, shit goes flying – everywhere, and then well.. that’s the deal. It is both laughter and vomit inducing, much like The Jersey Shore.