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Jackass 3D

A New Dimension of Jackassery

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.

There are a handful of movies that stick with you over the years. Maybe the story grabbed you, or perhaps some stellar performances made the film stand out. Or maybe there was a particularly vivid moment when one of the characters launched a fart propelled dart out of his ass and popped a balloon pinned on another character’s ass. This is one of the many moments that make Jackass 3D memorable.

For the uninitiated, the premise behind Jackass 3D (and all things related to Jackass) is a bunch of buffoons (nay jackasses) engage in some of the most disgusting, disturbing, and asinine stunts you could ever fathom. The aforementioned “fart dart” barely scratches the surface of what you’ll see in this mélange of jackassery.

Johnny Knoxville and his band of miscreants (Bam Margera, Wee Man, Steve-O, Preston Lacy, etc.) remarkably have been engaging in this kind of nonsense for over ten years now. These clowns suffer from perhaps the most pronounced form of arrested development ever seen. Appreciating their juvenile and puerile antics is an acquired taste and admittedly, this kind of stuff simply won’t work for some.

Aside from the fart dart, some of the other stunts include launching a tiny moped over “snake river” into a pot of gold on the other side. Naturally, what really makes this stunt work is Ryan Dunn (one of the MANY jackasses) wiping out in colossal fashion upon landing the jump on the other side.

Pain and suffering is standard operating procedure with the Jackass crew. But, there are a litany of stunts that involve ample puking, farting, and fecal matter as well. Johnny and his crew do a solid job covering all the ground most bored 12 year old boys tread, and then some.

So, what’s different this time around? Not much with the exception of the addition of 3D. There’s just something special about seeing Johnny being mauled by a herd of small buffalo in three dimensions or Bam Margera running a gauntlet of tasers and cattle prods.

It’s an interesting idea to include 3D in this iteration and certainly appropriate given that this is the third Jackass film. But, it’s an addition that doesn’t necessarily set it apart from the previous films or the MTV show from which the films originated.

What ultimately works with Jackass 3D is the same thing that works with a catastrophic train wreck or nasty car crash. It’s so appalling, nasty, and disturbing that you simply can’t look away. If you do look away, it’s likely to puke or dry heave.

If you can indulge your inner adolescent and have attempted anything even close to what Johnny and his crew pull off, you will find yourself more than entertained. But, I can’t say in good conscience that this one is a good film, and I felt dirty laughing on many occasions during Jackass 3D.