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Jackass Number Two

Johnny Knoxville in Jackass 2

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Extended Uncut Feature – Includes Footage Not Seen At The Cinema; Audio Commentary By Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine And The Team; The Making Of Jackass 2 (29-Minutes); 9 Additional Segments; 18 Deleted Scenes (24-Minutes); Outtakes.

IT’S been four years since the Jackass franchise made its successful leap from small screen to big and much has happened in between.

One of its main stars, Johnny Knoxville, has flirted with movie stardom and a number of Jackass imitations have appeared. But while Knoxville struggles to recover from the car crash of The Dukes Of Hazzard and the Dirty Sanchez boys merely appall viewers for all the wrong reasons, the Jackass team has been biding its time for another blood, guts and vomit-covered assault on the mainstream.

Step forward Jackass Number Two, a sequel so terrible that it’s actually kind of fun.

Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera and Chris Pontius are back to put themselves through all manner of outrageous stunts – and you can’t help but admire their audacity no matter how much they repulse.

Jackass Number Two is 92 minutes of utter mayhem – some of it inspired, some of it just plain gross. Yet you’ll be laughing in spite of yourself such is the dedication shown by these guys to their ‘craft’.

Stunts this time around include blind bullfighting, rocket-rodeoing and – most outrageously – hammerhead shark-baiting – all of which defy any sense of logic.

The sharkbaiting, in particular, is a jaw-dropping spectacle that really does take the breath away.

Funny, too, is the opening sequence set to Ennio Morricone’s classic spaghetti western score and a wonderful Busby Barclay dance routine that brings the show to a crowd-pleasing close.

Less successful are gags involving toilet humour that feel lame and outdated when compared to some of the more inventive set pieces.

But then this is a film that aims low and almost always hits the target, delivering blow after painful blow to viewers’ darker and more twisted sensibilities.

Just when it seems things can’t get any worse, there’s the sight of Chris Pontius sipping a bottle of freshly produced horse’s sperm, or enticing a serpent to bite his penis, Steve-O having a leech attached to his eyeball, or Knoxville and friends attempting to retrieve an anaconda from a children’s ball pit.

The Daily Mail brigade will undoubtedly refer to it as depraved and unnecessary but they really shouldn’t be watching in the first place. This is Jackass after all and by now the formula is pretty much set in stone.

Resistance is futile so go along and indulge in some sick, slick fun.

Certificate: 18
Running time: 92mins