This Rotten Week: Predicting The Counselor And Jackass: Bad Grandpa Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2013-10-20 08:52:34discussion comments
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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Well look whoís back with a story to tell. The Jackass crew, along with Bam Margeraís offshoot and the Nitro Circus guys (and I know there are others out there) have long made a living on throwing themselves in harmís way for the rush and money of it all. But outside of their own ďpersonalĒ stories they havenít necessarily interspersed a plot along with all of the shenanigans. Their brand of self-harm-as-entertainment has usually been the standalone type. Letting the stunts speak for themselves. Sacha Baron Cohen on the other hand began mashing up the two, first as Ali G and then in both Bruno and Borat, preying on the legions of idiots through hijinks while strolling around our great country; holding together the loosest elements of script and plot. Those movies used Cohenís characters and ďstoryĒ as a vehicle for highlighting the collective stupidity thatís settled around us like dew in the morning. Johnny Knoxvilleís Irving Zisman looks to go the same route, through a cross-country road trip with his grandson with stops to gallivant with the nationís gullible and inane.

And while some elements of the movie look to be commentary on where America is going really wrong (the child beauty pageant circuit for one), most of the film looks to be an excuse to dress Knoxville up as an old man, run things over with a car and throw himself through plate glass windows. Mainly, itís him doing geriatric Jackass-y stunts and his ďgrandsonĒ going for the other side of the shock spectrum (look, now itís a kid doing and saying crazy stuff!). Not to say there isnít entertainment value in this kind of thing, but I donít know if we really gain anything. How many more stunts are there out there? Havenít all the envelopes been pushed to the brink already? Doing the same things with different costumes might not a good movie make. Though Iím not sure anyone is too concerned with critical reception.

The rest of the Jackass franchise has had relative critical success with Jackass: The Movie (48%) starting a bit weakly while Jackass: Number Two (62%) and Jackass: 3-D (63%) picked up the slack. Granted theyíve accumulated around $350 million at the box office, so why not trot out a new one and see what happens? Thereís literally nothing to lose. (Remember, these are guys who got famous by throwing themselves off of moving cars and punching each other in the balls.) Will critics love it? Nope, but who cares? Not Irving Zisman whoíll surely laugh his way to the bank with a trip to the ER most likely thrown in for good measure. The Rotten Watch for Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa is 39%


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