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Jackass: Number Two
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by Erik Childress

"Sicker, Repetitive And Not Nearly As Funny As The First."
3 stars

How does one review a film like Jackass? It’s more or less (maybe less) like trying to attach reasoning to why one would appreciate a full-length version of America’s Funniest Home Videos (or in Mike Judge’s Idiocracy – “Ow, My Balls!”) It comes with some serendipity that on the very morning I was headed downtown to catch this screening that the 64-year old paraplegic member of the former “Flying Wellanda” family troupe was going to be high-wiring it across the Chicago river in his wheelchair. Life-threatening? Definitely. Stupid? Hindsight of the beholder is not always 20/20. No doubt some members of the crowd watching were hoping for a fall of epic proportions because its truthfully kinda funny to watch adrenaline junkies and immature guys get their comeuppance for the questionable hobbies they willfully embark on. The first Jackass and much of the TV show riotously tapped into that with a barrage of pain-wielding stunts and some clever practical jokes. Their second feature film features much of the same and then much more of the same as a few really big laughs almost forgive how repetitive it all is.

The film is a reunion of sorts for the old gang. After the last Jackass film, Bam Margera went on to torture his family full time in Viva La Bam. Chris Pontius and Steve-O moved to the Animal Kingdom and became the Wildboyz. Johnny Knoxville went on to success as a viable comic actor in films like Walking Tall and the underappreciated The Ringer. It’s a little surprising that it took this long for Paramount to get them all back together after the $60-million grosser was a franchise in the making. Lions Gate managed to get out two Saw sequels in consecutive years after the original which require a little more effort than a couple digital video cameras shooting home videos. Maybe it had something to do with squirrely insurance companies or just that Knoxville & Co. had come to their senses which register pain.

Bet on the former cause one of the things Number Two does amplify are the aftermaths of their selfless pummelings. Poor Bam gets to the point of tears twice, once after a first-hand experience of what it’s like to be contained during a riot and the other facing his greatest fear in a particularly cruel gag played on him unsuspectingly after staring down a wind tunnel. Seriously, anyone stupid enough to ignore the warnings that proceed and follow the film’s credits should get their own TV show where audiences can laugh at their one and only appearance before the closing anthem of Taps is played. No tears are likely to be shed for the Jackass crew, but our amazement at how many “oh shit!” moments we have for them is equaled by how many times even the least sensitive of viewers will be averting their eyes.

Of the original films many set pieces, the only one which truly repulsed me (and who can really argue it) is the creation and devouring of the “yellow sno-cone”. In Number Two, there are no less than four moments which trump THAT for most disgusting moment involving all manners of fluid and waste which is far less funny than simpler ideas like pedestrians seeing the devil thrust up from below. Audiences may be caught up enough in the idiocy to have forgotten that most of the scenes are just variations on stunts they pulled in the original. Medicine Ball Dodgeball is funny in concept but not execution compared to the Roller Disco Truck. Various rocket-patrolled items are done ad nauseum as is Spike Jonze as an old woman with a serious wardrobe malfunction. Funny the first time. Pretty funny the second time. By the third, we begin wondering what happened to Steve-O’s revelation on Howard Stern that they had so much great footage that over 40 minutes had to be cut. (NOTE: All traces of Uncle Vito’s tooth pulling seen in the trailer have been removed from the film - possibly related to his recent run-in with the law for alleged inappropriate touching.)

Just looking over the chapter list on the first film’s DVD (which I own), I’m filled with so many giddy remembrances of not just nut-kicking and crapping but of the ingenuity of renting and returning a car after entering it in a demolition derby, Bam’s fireworks wake-up of his parents and bringing Butterbean boxing to a department store. The closest this one comes to those are a hilarious game involving a teeter-totter in a bull ring and pulling a bedroom switcheroo on Bam’s mom. We’ve seen them getting shot before. We’ve seen Dave England’s crap up close. Failed tattoos are replaced with failed hot brands. On top of the familiarity with part one, just in part two there are three bits involving snakes (including one bloodier than Snakes on a Plane), at least three involving mauling cattle, completely unfunny Steve-O mutilations with a leech and a fish hook and, yet, not a single dance from Party Boy. Aside from one inspired moment when Murderball’s paraplegic rugby champion, Mark Zupan, takes part in being flung from a dock, celebrity cameos don’t even go-for-broke. Jay Chandrasekhar’s role in a practical joke is pretty funny, but we’re first made aware of Luke Wilson in the end credits before his pointless appearance and the nod to the man who put shit-eating on the cinema map, John Waters, shows up to make Wee Man disappear under a woman of less-than-Divine form.

There are many ways in which just-as-uninspired critics will completely trash the film. Everything from variations on “Number Two” to Bam’s prayer that there won’t be a Jackass 3 will be jumped on by those too deemed too sophisticated to laugh at outright stupidity. Give the Jackass crew props for trying and for taking the necessary licks for the collection to exist and I can’t deny laughing very, very hard during certain scenes even during some of its grossest moments like the Fart Helmet. But even nut-punching and vomit deserve a little ingenuity, surprise and build-up. Their opening and closing bits (a stampede through suburbia and a horribly staged musical number) can’t live up to the maniacal shopping cart opener and apocalyptic post-credits of the first. If they really wanted to get things off on the right foot, a trip to Pamplona would have made for a more hysterically dangerous sprint. Then again, I’m not about to do any of this stuff so who am I to talk if I still laugh at most of it? Just not as much as I laughed the first time I saw it.

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User Comments

6/04/12 Dane Youssef More of the same... only more so. Even more sick laughs and sick cringing horror. 4 stars
8/29/08 Shaun Wallner This movie is so funny! 5 stars
3/02/08 Pamela White laughable immature 3 stars
8/23/07 JeSsE this is the best movie i have ever seen ''steve-o is the best'' MWAH 5 stars
4/02/07 tracey the most disgusting, but strangely amusing movie I've ever seen 4 stars
3/25/07 Freg Let's dumb-down America even more, wait, is that even possible? 1 stars
2/10/07 Indrid Cold "ends up achieving more than a lot of movies that actually aim high" ... exactly! 4 stars
1/18/07 johnno great 5 stars
1/04/07 syndee i seen it in the theater.i loved it.BAM,JOHNNY KNOXVILLE,AND STEVE-O yall are fucking! 5 stars
1/03/07 matt funny as hell. Even better than the 1st one. 5 stars
12/27/06 action movie fan sick and funny very graphic and gross-too repetitive though 4 stars
12/08/06 Stephanie Throckmorton I got nothing to say about this one. 3 stars
10/20/06 Steve-O mostly hilarious, usually retarded, frequently disgusting 3 stars
10/04/06 cam this movie was sweeet whoeevr didnt hink it ewas funny is really weird 5 stars
10/03/06 Pookie Not bad at all, probably not as good as the first but still very entertaining 4 stars
10/02/06 Ash Clever and entertaining at times, but mostly retarded 2 stars
10/02/06 Vadim Could not stop laughing. Awsome. Daniel is 90 y.o. 5 stars
10/01/06 Daniel If you think suicide is comedy...You need you head checked 1 stars
10/01/06 J This is not a "film", its just fun. Deal with it 4 stars
10/01/06 Tom its not meant to be a serious movie, its made for those who like this kind of stuff, teens 5 stars
10/01/06 michael worse than the 1st 1 stars
9/29/06 jacob smith i think it is super funny when the old lady shows her boobs 5 stars
9/29/06 Pritchett With every ticket purchase, they should give out a free shotgun blast to the head. 1 stars
9/28/06 james Best movie in years! if you expect it to be serious, dont go. 5 stars
9/27/06 Mohobbit Great film if you are brain dead. VERY STUPID. 1 stars
9/24/06 tosser I hate myself for loving "Jackass" 4 stars
9/24/06 Michael Wimer Better than the first movie. I liked it. 5 stars
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