Movie Review: “Jackass Forever” – Lewiston Sun Journal

With 85% on Rotten Tomatoes, “Jackass Forever” is more beloved than some of the films soon to be in the running for Best Picture at the Oscars. What’s so special about this movie? It’s certainly not that Johnny Knoxville and his team are doing anything different with the “Jackass” model; the movie is a collection of silly stunts as always, and there’s no story to tie them together like with Knoxville’s “Bad Grandpa” or “Action Point.”

Could it be that the world desperately needs a laugh after the past two years? That could definitely be a factor. Heck, I desperately needed a laugh after the last two weeks because I didn’t have fun with “Redeeming Love” and that pathetic mermaid movie.

But I think fans and critics are so impressed that “Jackass” has been around for over 20 years. These guys can no longer be accused of degrading themselves for a fleeting taste of glory. They engage in a full-fledged lifestyle and they taste… I think a taser is the most publication-friendly thing that comes in contact with a human tongue in this film.

Admittedly, these guys still don’t practice socially acceptable ways to get attention. They do dangerous stunts, let themselves be bitten and stung by all kinds of animals and play sickening pranks. New to this episode is a form of psychological torture, where participants are placed in a room with a poisonous snake, then the lights are turned off.

Poor Marks have to find their way out the door, sometimes banging their heads on frying pans, getting their fingers caught in mousetraps, and encountering a rubber snake that’s considered poisonous. It’s actually one of the less dangerous episodes in the film, unless you count the high likelihood of a heart attack.

It should be noted that many scenes in this movie involve the area…below the belt. Guys never miss an opportunity to hit themselves below the belt, or at least show off the area below the belt. An early special effects-focused scene features a monster that looks suspiciously like the area below the belt.

It’s not uncommon for moviegoers to jokingly compare the kaiju to the area below the waistline, but in this case, they’d be absolutely right. One particularly grimacing sequence involves a person’s full body weight plus an additional object with a highly focused point of contact that is driven into the area below the waistline on one of these saps.

I have to say something about this movie that I don’t think I’ve ever had to say about a movie before, but it hits a point of diminishing returns on shots below the belt. Dare I say I was bored even with the constant trauma below the belt at the end of this slightly too long show?

Obviously, this geek-show stuff isn’t for everyone. I don’t blame you at all if your idea of ​​fun doesn’t include finding out what happens when guys drink brightly colored pitchers of milk and then ride a high-speed carousel (spoiler alert: that’s exactly what you think) .

But those in the target audience will appreciate the camaraderie and commitment of the “Jackass” crew. It’s oddly comforting to know that you can still come to these guys for some form of insanity – or at least as comforting as looking at multiple bungee wedgies can get.

Category B-
“Jackass Forever” is rated R for strong raw material and dangerous stunts, graphic nudity and language throughout. Its operating time is 96 minutes.

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