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Jackass 3

Jackass 3D

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 2.5 out of 5

THE third Jackass movie has, somewhat incredibly, become the most successful in the franchise to date. It’s another rollercoaster ride of stupidity and depravity featuring some inspired highs and wretched lows (as always).

Directed in a 3D format by Jeff Tremaine, produced by Spike Jonze and featuring the usual crowd of Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius and ‘Wee Man’ (among many others), it’s occasionally hilarious but mostly pushing (and frequently over-stepping) the boundary of good taste.

Where Jackass succeeds, however, is in the obvious camaraderie and ‘affection’ that these guys hold each other in, for while they may thrive on exposing each member’s pet fears and degrading, humiliating and inflicting pain on each other in as many ways as is conceivably possibly within 90 minutes, they look like they’re having fun. And sometimes that can be infectious.

Among the inspired moments in Jackass 3D are a bar brawl involving several dwarfs, Knoxville’s encounter with a bull, the ‘Beehive Tetherball’, several stunts involving vehicles and a particularly painful tooth extraction involving a Lamborghini.

Alas, for every joke or stunt that works, there seem to be three or four that don’t on this particular occasion, with the 3D format giving rise to more penis gags, projectile vomiting and fart, wee and poo gags than ever before.

Hence, set-ups involving a poo volcano, a bunjee jumping portaloo filled with dog poo and one unlucky participant, urination over each other, and a body sweat cocktail are more likely to attack your gag reflex and have you running from the cinema in disgust.

It’s then that the goodwill built up towards these guys is sorely tested and when the truly juvenile nature of their ‘act’ becomes painfully and gut-testingly apparent.

Still, if you’ve made it to this third film, I guess you kind of know what to expect by now… and will have a blast no matter what gets thrown out of the screen at you. Even then, though, some of it gets tiring.

Certificate: 18
Running time: 94mins
UK DVD & Blu-ray Extended Edition Release: March 14, 2011