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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa - Review

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 2.5 out of 5

WHERE once the Jackass team were trailblazers in terms of the rowdy, stunt-driven comedy they dished out, now they’re content to follow in other people’s wake.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa mixes road trip comedy (a la Road Trip and Kingpin) with Borat-inspired caught on camera realism. It’s only occasionally inspired.

The plot picks up as newly widowed -year-old grandpa Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) finds himself saddled with the task of driving his eight-year-old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll) to be reunited with his estranged dad after his mother is sent to jail.

The conceit here is that the ‘plot’ is a device and the situations this mis-matched pair find themselves in are ‘real’, or at least designed to catch an unsuspecting public off-guard.

Hence, much of the fun is from catching the gob-smacked reaction of passers-by to scenes of Billy drinking booze or Irving cutting loose in a male strip club and ‘inadvertently’ letting his testicles dangle in full view.

And a lot of what ensues is as crass as you might expect, a lot of which misses but some of which hits in a guilty pleasure kind of way (as in the farting scene in a diner).

Bad Grandpa is at its best, however, when tapping into the subversive comedy that is the Jackass trademark, such as the pair’s show-stopping hijack of a beauty pageant that is as hilarious as it is astute.

Sadly, there’s not enough of those moments and while certainly capable of appealing to die-hard fans on a basic, overly familiar level Bad Grandpa is eventually defined by its failures more than its successes.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 90mins
UK Release Date: October 25, 2013