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Jackass Number Two (2006)

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Score: 7/10

Genre: Documentary and Comedy Running Time: 1 hr. 32 min.

Release Date: September 22nd, 2006 MPAA Rating: R

Director: Jeff Tremaine Actors: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Ryan Dunn, Jason Acuna, Preston Lacy, Dave England, Ehren McGhehey, Brandon DiCamillo

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arricaded by blaring “Do Not Attempt” warnings at the beginning and end of the film, “Jackass Number Two” is every incorrigible ne’er-do-well’s dream come true. The general rule about warnings is that once someone is instructed not to do something, the frenzy to go out and try it intensifies tenfold. And though countless individuals hurt themselves trying to recreate the crude and precarious stunts that the “professionals” of the “Jackass” team devise, there really is nothing more satisfying for fans than to watch Johnny Knoxville and crew endanger themselves for the sake of entertainment. Destined to offend, disgust, and nauseate, patrons of the television series and the first theatrical movie (from 2002) will be unduly ecstatic; anyone unacquainted with their scandalous capers should definitely steer clear.

Johnny Knoxville is the ringleader of the “Jackass” stuntmen, which includes Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn, Stephen “Steve-O” Glover, Jason “Wee Man” Acuna, Chris Pontius, Preston Lacy, and Ehren McGhehey, just to name a few. The film opens to Ennio Morricone’s theme from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” with the entire group running in slow-motion, with grimaces stretched across their faces, as they’re chased by a stampede of raging bulls. This just might be the perfect way to start this movie. Like the popular MTV show, the production is little more than segments of assorted footage of dares and shenanigans, all without much of an order and no overarching themes. Most sequences are introduced by a selected host, accompanied by a title for each stunt. Absolutely not for the squeamish, viewers get to vicariously dabble in the art of applying leeches to the eyeball, drinking the love juice from a horse, wrestling with 30-foot anacondas, playing medicine-ball dodgeball in the dark, blindfolded bull-fighting, and countless other moronic feats, most of which can’t be described without plenty of obscenities.

Although there’s no plot, no conflict, and no dynamic characters, the film never slows and never lets up on the edge-of-your-seat gimmicks. Basically an exceedingly long episode of “Jackass,” this feature film garners a hard R-rating, so fans will be treated to a lot more than they could ever see on TV. In some instances, that’s not a good thing, especially when it comes to Wee Man streaking or Steve-O chugging beer through an ass-bong. The “Jackass” crew always seems to avoid serious harm, but deviously ensures that audiences endure the idea that pain is a constant factor. A few segments are composed of harmless practical jokes, but they are far and few between – and quickly doused by the startling images from “The Puppet Show,” involving a snake and someone’s unsuspecting “member,” or the “Beehive Limousine,” where (just like it sounds) an unwary group is locked in a limo with a swarm of angry bees.

Rockets strapped to grocery carts, skateboard gauntlets (featuring Tony Hawk himself), skiing down iced staircases, and dodging king cobras are all in a day’s work for this fearless assemblage of idiots. In one of the funniest skits, two of the boys dress up as terrorists and hail a cab to provoke the driver into some awkward reactions. However, as a prank within a prank, the cab driver is Jay Chandresekhar (Broken Lizard’s frontman and director of “Super Troopers” and “Beerfest”) and has some vengefully orchestrated ideas of his own. A perfect continuation of “Jackass: The Movie,” this undertaking proves to be a bit raunchier and a bit more harrowing. Although most people have the sense not to try this stuff at home, it’s certainly amusing to see others willing to abuse themselves and their friends for some quality, albeit ludicrously immature, buffoonery and laughs.

– Mike Massie

 



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