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Thank you for checking out my movie review archive. I'm in the process of transitioning to something else, so I will no longer post new reviews to this blog. In the meantime, I will keep these reviews archived; these are from the fall of 2008 to April 2011. Please watch this blog for more info and keep in touch (you can still find me on Facebook and Twitter). Here's to more great movies!

Wes Singleton

North Texas Film Critics Association

Friday, October 15, 2010

Jackass - 3D - D

Rated R for male nudity, extremely crude and dangerous stunts throughout, and for language, 90 minutes

"Jackass 3D" - is this really necessary?

The answer to that question would be a resounding yes from the millions of young twenty-something males who'll stream to the new "Jackass" movie and like the other two, make it a huge hit at the box-office. If you've seen the show and the other films, you already know what to expect: crude, low-brow stupidity and messing around, except this time the budget is bigger and it's in 3D. Speaking of which, the real jackass is the person who decided to charge an extra $3 bucks for the 3D for a piece of crap movie like this that doesn't need it. The folks at MTV will surely be laughing all the way to the bank after this one scores at the box-office again, surely propelled by that utterly ridiculous surcharge.

Starring Johnny Knoxville and the rest of the gang from the other outings who have become celebrities as a result, including Jason "Wee Man" Acuna, Ryan Dunn, Bam Margena, Steve-O, Dave England, Chris Pontius and Preston Lacy, this is more of the same boorish, immature and often gross stunts as before. The more entertaining moments (maybe a few minutes of the whole movie) come when things happen unexpectedly or unplanned, but then seeing Steve-O, who was supposedly sober this time around, throw up is fun only the first time around (the sweatsuit cocktail will make you gag too). One amusing stunt: a little person fight staged in a bar.

This is only for fans of the series and other movies, who really enjoy seeing the guys get hit, beat up, wet, stung, bit, rammed and everything else you can think of. If you really really enjoy seeing a guy fart out a dart at Steve-O's butt, having a pig eat an apple out of Preston Lacy's crack, or seeing Knoxville dress up as an old guy, then by all means run to the theater, throw on your 3D glasses and go for it.

It's obvious that the MTV folks gave the "Jackass" guys more money to be jackasses, as the stunts are bigger, more lavish (lots of slow mo) and let the guys dress up more. Forgettable stuff for sure and after about 5 minutes you'll start looking at your watch. These guys are getting too old for this stuff, but I'm sure MTV will find a way to get them back together again.

One of the more elaborate stunts has Steve-O, who gets lots of good screen time in this one, launched in the air in a porta potty. Much like that stunt, "Jackass 3D" throws a lot of crap at the screen, and most, if not all of it, stinks.