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Film Review: Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa


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11 years after the first Jackass film was released we have a story entirely dedicated to Johnny Knoxville’s inappropriate and very grumpy grandpa character. Think Little Miss Sunshine meets… Borat.

Johnny Knoxville stars as Irving Zisman, an 86-year-old who at the beginning of the film is told that his wife is dead. This of course comes as a great surprise to him. A really, really great one, like Christmas has come early. Finally! He’s free to sleep with whomever he likes but there is just one tiny hitch: his daughter leaves him his 8-year-old nephew Billy (a fantastic Jackson Nicoll) to care for. 

So, here begins our movie: Irving decides to drive Billy across country and surrender him to his dead beat low life of a father who, like everyone else in his family, wants nothing to do with him.

The plot is fairly simple - what makes this film hilarious is the interaction between the characters and the unsuspecting people they interact with who have no idea that they’re on camera and part of a movie. The reaction shots from these people are some of the funniest moments the film has to offer.

You have to admire director Jeff Tremaine and the crew; the amount of work gone into the production was well thought out and executed, the many hidden cameras used were placed with such great detail you almost forget the film was shot that way.

This isn’t a plot centered movie - its entire purpose is to make you laugh, and it succeeds. But it still takes the time to create believable characters who take you along their journey. Knoxville is very convincing as an irritable, completely politically incorrect and, throughout the entirety of the picture, horny old man. However the real star of the film is Jackson Nicoll; he shines as Billy and has superb comedic timing. The kid is hilarious and he is definitely an actor to look out for in the future.

One of the downsides of this film is the obvious humour and the very graphic (and obviously fake) scenes involving male genitalia. This however is what one expects from a Jackass film, and entertainment is nonetheless guaranteed - especially in a very memorable and brilliant Little Miss Sunshine-esque scene towards the end.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa is released in the UK on 23rd October.

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