Paramount // 2002 // 88 Minutes // Unrated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // September 5th, 2006
For "mature audiences?" Hah!
In anticipation of the next installment in the Jackass franchise (Good Lord), Paramount has released a glaring double-dip, dressed up with that oh-so-popular "unrated" edition, and including a free admission to Jackass Number Two. Is it worth the double-dip?
Well, we can keep this brief. A motley crew of delinquents, headed by Johnny Knoxville (Walking Tall), perform ridiculous stunts that often include mass male nudity, flying through the air, launched from shopping carts, punches to the crotch and vomit. Jackass: The Movie, a 2002 theatrical release, is essentially a 90-minute version of the hit MTV show, just with more disgusting stuff and unbleeped swear words.
What's different in this "collector's edition?" For starters, not the name "collector's edition," which I'm pretty sure was affixed to the previous release. Largely, the same extra features accompany this new release (minus the music videos), including the commentary tracks, the outtakes and the bonus footage. So that leaves us with this: some "Too Hot for MTV" footage, a tiny teaser trailer for Jackass: Number 2 and the movie ticket. That's it. Now to the question at hand: if you already own the previous release, what purpose will this one serve you? The answer: none, unless a) you're dying to see Jackass: Number 2, and for some reason the math works out so you can benefit by getting a free ticket after buying and brand new DVD or b) you're a Jackass completist.
This leaves folks you do not own the movie yet. This part of the review is for you. Like I said, Jackass: The Movie is nothing more than a bloated version of the television show, just packed with a lot grosser gags and incessant profanity. For those unfamiliar with the premise of Jackass, a group of moronic pals put themselves in mortal danger doing crazy stunts, strictly for your entertainment. But chances are, if you've never heard of the Jackass crowd, then you don't run in circles that would appreciate their brand of humor (e.g. nursery schools, frat houses). I won't take the high road; I readily admit that one more than one occasion I have laughed very, very hard at these guys, and the same is true with their movie. Though the gags are hit-and-miss, there were some truly inspired acts of inanity to display: the opening shopping cart fiasco, the golf cart smash-up (which led to Johnny Knoxville nearly getting paralyzed), the fireworks wake-up call, the fat-suit skateboarding exhibition, Spike Jonze running around in old-man makeup, the off-road tattoo.
Basically, if you enjoyed the Jackass show, you should get a kick out of the theatrical adaptation. Not everything works (the alligator tightrope walk was lame and the Hot Wheels car suppository was stomach-churning), but it's hard to not crack a smirk when ass clowns get what's coming to them. Just prepare be to thoroughly disgusted by some of the stuff these guys do, which includes eating a urine-soaked snow cone, shooting fireworks out of their butt, vomiting on each other (then eating that vomit), swimming in decomposing flesh, pole-vaulting into sewage and snorting Wasabi.
A stated earlier, most of the same extras from the older release find their way to the Unrated Collector's Edition. The most notable addition is the "Too Hot for MTV" footage, which is fairly brief, but entertaining nonetheless. "The Vomelet," however, where Dave England makes and omelet with his own puke than eats it, is unwatchable. The two commentary tracks feature the director, cinematographer and Johnny Knoxville on one and the Jackass crew on the second; the former is minimally insightful into the creation of the film, the latter is a bunch of idiots harassing each other. Finally, the additional footage and outtakes offer a good amount of laughs, with a few skits that, frankly, should have been included in the first place and the making-of offers some entertaining bits of behind-the-scenes dirt.
If you want the film and haven't bought it yet, this edition is pretty good way to go. The movie ticket adds some value to the purchase. If the original DVD is already part of your library, skip this one.
Guilty of giving human dignity a bad name, but I'd be a liar if I said I didn't laugh.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (English)
Running Time: 88 Minutes
Release Year: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
* Two Commentary Tracks
* "Making-of Jackass The Movie"
* Deleted Scenes
* "Too Hot for MTV" Footage
* Jackass Number Two Trailer
* Jackass Number Two Movie Ticket
* Official site