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JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA
DIRECTOR: Jeff Tremaine
CAST: Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll and Gregg Harris
CLASSIFICATION: 16 L
RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes
It really depends on what you call funny to decide whether Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa works. Here you have an 86-year-old foul-mouthed grandfather, Irving Zisman (Knoxville), who takes on a journey with his grandson Billy (Nicoll) to give him back to this dysfunctional father. The only reason the father agrees to take the kid back is that there may be financial gains from the government through grants.
But in actuality, the film is about the oupa and his grandson’s trip. They have a very strange love-hate relationship which is funny in parts. You can tell the dialogue between the two is where the writers put in most of their effort.
Considering most of the film is shot by what appears to be hidden cameras with unsuspecting members of the public, you feel you are in yet another Leon Schuster film. Yawn. Knoxville is really funny but the timing and the content of the material is upsetting in parts. Such as in a casino scene when he orders a drink but the waitress takes her time to bring it and he pulls out a blender from his bag and fixes himself a margarita, to the amusement of fellow gamblers. Like really?
Nicoll was only nine when they shot the film and yet he has the perfect comedic timing in his bones. He can easily be the reason why one should watch this film.
Because it is a road trip film with so many stops and so many things that can go wrong, the storyline is mudded by a lot of side stories that leave you confused. You want to grow to know the two main characters but a lot of people keep getting introduced and so in the end you have a mob cast that makes things rather boring.
Expect anything from male strippers to child beauty pageants and everything in the middle.
The drawcard is obviously the reactions of the unsuspecting citizens but you can only enjoy that to a point. In reality this Jackass franchise has been dragged out far too long and perhaps it is time to put it to rest.
If you liked The Johnson Family Vacation and Are We There Yet then you will like this.