Judge Ryan Keefer wants to know when enough is exactly enough?
Our reviews of Jackass: Volume 1 (published December 6th, 2005), Jackass: Volumes 2 And 3 (published December 10th, 2002), Jackass Number Two: Unrated Edition (published January 4th, 2007), Jackass: The Box Set (published December 6th, 2005), Jackass: The Lost Tapes (published October 24th, 2009), Jackass: The Movie (published March 25th, 2003), and Jackass: The Movie: Unrated Special Collector's Edition (published September 5th, 2006) are also available.
The second film in the Jackass franchise was released to the usual scorn and criticism, yet it managed to make more money than the first and a virtual cornucopia of footage was left on the cutting room floor. That same floor has been swept for all the serviceable and entertaining clips and put together as this straight-to-video one-off of sorts. What are the results?
Facts of the Case
Jackass is a compelling, thought-provoking piece which discusses the current Middle Eastern policy and the impact that it has on a small family whose oldest son works as a diplomatic envoy. Things change when the son is kidnapped and the father and mother, who divorced years ago, reunite to hopefully get their son back and learn something about themselves in the process.
Wait…wrong movie. This one is just more stunts and gimmicks involving damaged genitalia and bodily fluid excretion.
There's only one unique point that explains why Jackass 2.5 is not only going straight to video, but has been available at jackassworld.com as part of a free download for the world to peruse and enjoy. Perhaps that was a good idea?
This is now my third Jackass-related review. I've watched the shows and eagerly went to both films, but after watching 64 truncated minutes of excised footage from the second film mixed together with some not at all entertaining stunts and interviews with the boys who discuss their willingness (or unwillingness) to perform a particular stunt, this really is nothing more than a wet fart of a release. What you might have missed in the deleted scenes from Jackass Number Two is here, but the other new bits (presumably shot within the last year) are just painful to watch. Seeing two guys spin around in office chairs and then start boxing? Stop, my sides!
Even the bonus materials on this disc are further indication of the "meh" nature of Jackass 2.5. There's a making of featurette which you'll probably see on MTV at some point. It's really more of the same, when it comes to extra footage and interviews, including stuff that was directly pulled from the film. A similar look at the making of a Playstation game is next. Aside from asking the question of "there was a Jackass Playstation game?," this piece also appeared on MTV and gives the boys a chance to play around in motion capture suits. There's some footage of the game in here too, which looks a little bit dumb. If anyone bought this, can I shoot them with a taser gun? Next are 40 minutes of additional footage showing an interesting way of catching and killing flies, along with a guy who decides to get his hair removed with Nair. Other than that, it's not really worth the time. Finally, in the deleted scenes, it appears that beer is prevalent during these stunts, and to that I say "I'm shocked, shocked!"
The Rebuttal Witnesses
Putting aside the overall lackluster nature of this material, the way that it's being delivered is a welcome sight. Web sales allow you to download the film for free a full week ahead of the DVD purchase. The film is also being made available for paid download through many of the normal pay sites. While it is forward thinking, to be sure, it's hardly a litmus test for how effective the delivery is. Steven Soderbergh's Bubble was the first film this Judge can recall that allowed for video release on the day and date of the theatrical release, but downloads were not part of the equation. When Jackass 3 comes out (at last check, production begins January 2008), assuming that the same strategy is employed, this might be a better indication of how the new release format works.
The timeframe between Jackass to Jackass Number Two was about four years. The timeframe between Jackass Number Two and Jackass 2.5 was approximately fifteen months. Note to Johnny, Bam, Pontiu,s and the boys: take the time, develop this stuff and plan it out. It's nice to see you poke your collective heads out from time to time, but don't wring every last drop of water out of the rag unless they're worth saving. And for the most part, the water in Jackass 2.5 is best used to fill latrines.
Guilty as charged. However, the court can't really find punishment suitable for the accused they haven't already inflicted on themselves.
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