When I first saw the trailer for Bad Grandpa I was in stitches, and it quickly did the rounds at work, where even more people had tears running down their faces from the hilarity. What surprised me most about it though was I had no idea it was being made, because I’ve been a Jackass fan since way back, and I can’t get enough of their films, so didn’t know how this one got past me.
You see, way back in the early 2000’s, before there was such a thing as YouTube, videos would be shared over the net via e-mail of this show called Jackass. This show of course wasn’t on TV here, so to a New Zealand audience we thought it was just a bunch of random funny videos of guys doing crazy things, but we loved it, even though we didn’t really know what ‘it’ was.
One day though, when I was looking through the New Zealand International Film Festival booklet in 2002, I saw that something was going to be screening that year called ‘Jackass: The Movie’. I didn’t take much convincing from my brother that we should attend this screening, and clearly many others had the same idea, as a few days later I was sitting with hundreds of others in a packed cinema having one of the best filmic experiences of my life.
If you’ve been to a Rocky Horror Picture Show screening, then you know what this might have been like. But unlike those screenings, where people expect to do silly things during the film, the reaction from the crowd in this screening was completely unexpected, as it was both spontaneous and raw, as there were people yelling, cheering, standing, clapping, and generally pissing themselves laughing the whole way through. And let me tell you, that’s a very cool way to experience a film, and even more so for a new sensation such as this show.
Cut to 10 years later, and I own all 3 Jackass films on DVD or Blu-ray, as well as the .5 iterations of each film, which are basically extended editions, and I always keep an eye and ear out about news of a 4th film possibly being made. So seeing that they made a spin off movie about one of the characters from the Jackass movies made me very excited, especially seeing how good the trailer was.
But, sadly, this films trailer was easily the best thing about it. The film wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t as good as the trailer, and is easily the weakest of all the Jackass films. It might not be fair to directly compare them however, as it was a very different beast than those other films. It was more in line with films like Borat and Bruno, but even then it wasn’t as good as those either.
I think I may give this film more credit due to how much I love Jackass, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are lots of people who don’t like it, and not because it’s bad, but just because it’s not as good or like the other films. Having said that though, the last skit was so good, that it may have made the whole film worth seeing if only to see that unfold on screen. So my rating might be higher than it deserves, but I did enjoy it.
7 out of 10 from me!!!