Monday, October 28, 2013

Jackass' Bad Grandpa

Yeah, I went to see Bad Grandpa.
And I had a great time. Granted, I saw it in a 21+ screening where I got to drink throughout the movie.

I still think it's hilarious that Spike Jonze is so close to this one sketch from Jackass lore. Even playing a variation of the character in one of the earlier flicks. But his involvement in this feature project brings a surprising level of clout and quality to a potential mess.

So what's the story with this? Well, for starters there IS actually a story. It weaves in and out of prank sketches that, while at first felt slightly awkward, the more the booze kicked in the easier it all became to compress and blatantly laugh at until, at the very end, the entire audience seemed to be laughing together... which is always fun.

Knoxville was good in that he stayed in character even when he probably shouldn't have. But the real prize here was the kid, Jackson Nicoll.
He was just always on point and totally into everything the filmmakers wanted him to do. It's great to watch someone new and without reservations play so well off of adults who have been doing it for years.

Anyway, I know it's silly. But Jackass doesn't really disappoint. You know what you're getting every time and the fact that there's always something new to it makes it all feel worthwhile. I honestly wonder what the world would be like without it.

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