Jackass Forever

Jackass Forever

After 11 years, the Jackass crew is back for their final crusade.

Let’s be honest, if you’re going to see a ‘Jackass’ movie you know exactly what you’re going to get. Daft stunts that you should definitely not try at home (as the disclaimer says), childish banter and these days, a good dose of nostalgia – and if you’ve came for that, you’ll be satisfied as ‘Jackass Forever’ delivers all of them in spades. I’ve somehow not seen the ‘Jackass’ movies over the years but the relatively good reviews for this outing piqued my interest to check in with them for the first time since the TV show’s heyday in the early 2000s. For someone born in the late 1980s, ‘Jackass’ was one of those things that everyone will remember from that seminal period of growing up in your early teenage years.

For those unfamiliar with how these movies work, they are less of a movie in the traditional sense, more of an extended TV episode as we move from stunt to stunt – surprisingly diverse ways to cause people pain and deliver laughs for the audience and the fortunate cast members not involved in said stunts. That is to say there is no plot to speak of, but you didn’t come to ‘Jackass Forever’ for that, and in terms of the stunts it delivers consistently. I’m not someone who laughs out loud at the cinema all that often, but ‘Jackass Forever’ had me properly belly laughing at times at the sheer absurdity and borderline ingenuity of some of the action on show – right from the get go with the human ramp it had me going. You’ll wince and you’ll laugh, but you’ll also enjoy spending time with this group who still seem to be filled with the same childish energy that made ‘Jackass’ such a big thing in the first place.

Johnny Knoxville says there’ll be no more movies after this as they’re all getting too old and he may well be right, but if they can continue conjuring up stunts such as this to go along with the general camaraderie of the group, there’ll be an audience there waiting for them if they change their minds.

Rating: 4/5

Directed By: Jeff Tremaine

Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Wee Man, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Danger Ehren, Preston Lacy, Sean “Poopies” McInerney, Zach Holmes, Jasper Dolphin, Rachel Wolfson and Eric Manaka


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