Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Mike Pontius, Bam Margera, Dave England, Spike Jonze, Jeff Tremaine, Wee Man

Director: Jeff Tremaine

Writer: Preston Lacy

Cinematography: Lance Bangs, Dimitry Elyashkevich, Rick Kosick

Original Score: Various

Running Time: 94 mins.

Jackass 3D opens with a Beavis and Butthead skit, yes, Beavis and Butthead, two characters long forgotten and condemned to the “things that were funny in the 90’s” bin, ironic really given that Jackass has now well and truly edged itself into that very same bin with its third cinematic outing. After 2 films, numerous TV series, Steve-O serving time in prison and Knoxville’s unsuccessful attempts at a proper film career, the boys are back doing much the same as they always have done except where it used to be hilarious it now is anything but and where there was a wry sense of humour tingeing even the grossest of stunts there is now just a nasty taste left in your mouth.

The structure remains the same, skit follows skit follows skit, not strung together by any semblance of narrative (it’s not meant to be in all fairness) the boys are really beginning to look bored, the effect is contagious save for some cringing there is little here to elicit any emotion from you let alone laughs, the closest you will come is to pitying them as clearly they don’t quite know what else to do with themselves. The jokes range from those involving bodily fluids (and solids!) to the obligatory ones where Knoxville is layered in prosthetics to age him and the general hit-and-miss (quite literally) physical humiliation each of the Jackass’s put themselves through, as usual these include bulls, scorpions and snakes. if this sounds a lot like Jackass 2 or indeed 1 you would be right, just with less of a sense of fun and more desperation.

There are a handful of sketches that raise a titter, but it is a sad fact that even the lesser stunts in Jackass 2 (which now feels like a lifetime ago) raised titters, with the best eliciting belly laughs aplenty. it is an odd thing as physical comedy has always been ripe for exploitation especially in cinema, something that is rooted in the likes of Laurel and Hardy but even then there seemed to be a strong sense of a little more going on beneath the tomfoolery with the comedy found in the slapstick and performance rather than stunts that were cruel or nasty, Jackass has always teetered on the brink of this but up until know just about walked the fine line, not so this time I am afraid to say, and quite frankly what SPike Jonze is doing having anything to do with this is beyond me!

Attempts do seem to have been made at a little pathos, Steve-O as a clean living, t-total-er is played for “laughs” as he drinks a sweat-cocktail and only takes part in a minimum of pranks having lost that craziness he was once famed for, oddly it is he who seems to realise this should all be behind him escaping from pranks early and standing back to simply watch while the others slap backs and seemingly force laughter, I can sympathise with you Mr. O pray there isn’t a Jackass 4D, I couldn’t cope with the smells as well as the sights and sounds, though what 3D adds to Jackass 3D other than the title moniker is questionable!

VERDICT

Jackass 3D succeeds only in one aspect, proving that the concept has long run out of steam, it is now nasty and grim rather than funny and gross with the boys them,selves either detestable or pitiful.

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