Writing a review for Jackass 3D is useless. It’s like making a gourmet meal for a dog that eats feces. Just as the dog doesn’t care what his meal tastes like, my opinion of this movie won’t matter to fans of the franchise. But here I am anyway, doing my best to be critical of something that’s virtually critic proof. However, I’m a pretty big fan myself, so I suspect my feelings towards the movie will echo those who are yet to see it and, as sad as it is to say, Jackass 3D is, in all likelihood, the end of the franchise.
It seems that the creative well has run dry in this third film installment of the long running television show made popular by the likes of Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Jason “Wee Man” Acuna and the rest of the gang. The ante that was upped in Jackass Number Two has gone back down and the crazy pranksters have resorted to the same old songs and dances they’ve been pulling off for years. Remember the bit in the sequel when Bam was quarantined in a small area with a snake? That happens again here. Do you recall when Johnny gets rammed by a bull? If you don’t, you’ll get to see it in this installment. Multiple times.
One particularly uninspired segment sees Knoxville in full football gear getting tackled by an NFL player. Never mind the fact that coming up with the idea is as simple as tuning into ESPN on a Monday night, but consider that even this boring skit has already been done on one of the previous Jackass television episodes.
As one critic pointed out to me after my screening, this doesn’t really come as a surprise because the Jackass guys have been putting different variations on the same stunts for years. That’s true, but the problem is that those variations have always gone beyond anything they had done before. Take the Number Two skit that placed four of the guys on conjoining seesaws in the middle of a bullring. The idea may have been the same—avoid the oncoming bull for as long as you can before taking a hit—but a game was made out of it. Instead of merely sitting there waiting, there was suspense because you never knew who was going to get it first. Outside of a few instances here, the variations on their old skits are so slight they’re almost inconsequential.
But I suppose the big question, even after all of those complaints, is: did I laugh? I did, but considerably less so due to the rehashed gags. However, the gang’s laughter is infectious and they have a certain camaraderie that is unparalleled in the movie world. There’s no other group of guys I’ve seen on the big screen that seem to have a better time with each other than these fellas, even when they’re getting punched in the head by Bam in a hilarious prank influenced by the Rocky movies. Their genuine friendship seeps through and you’ll find yourself wanting to join in on their shenanigans; that is if you’re crazy.
I could go into how unnecessary the 3D is in this little scatological, homoerotic adventure, but the whole existence of this franchise is unnecessary so it seems frivolous. In fact, everything I’ve said so far is trivial because I’d be willing to bet there isn’t a soul out there waiting for reviews to know whether or not this movie is for them. The audience for this knows who they are and there’s nothing I or any other critic can say to dissuade them from seeing it. Though it is still worth checking out (just barely), there’s no denying the disappointment that is Jackass 3D.
Jackass 3D receives 2.5/5