Pros:these things happened to them, not you
Cons:it's over now, no more Jackass
The Bottom Line: JACKASS breaks new ground in physical sketch comedy, the DVD will be undeniably better.
Despite the outrage of the bigoted self righteous, JACKASS The Movie has been an enormous success over the country.
Is this a statement of the decline of our civilization or a rebellion against societal norms and restrictions placed on us through the chains of political correctness?
Whatever you believe, I believe JACKASS was perhaps the best $8.25 I have EVER spent on a film with no real plot, and it's what I believe that matters.
For just about an hour and a half, at every showing, the good folks from JACKASS brought uncontrollable laughter, foot stomping and smiles to theater goers around the nation.
Perhaps it is the funny things they do. Things the majority of us will never do out of fear of the repercussions, the fines, the certain injuries, and what other people would think of us. The entertainers from JACKASS live truly free lives. Oh, and we enjoy watching other people get hurt. Whether we want to admit it or not, we are a country who is fascinated by other people's pain. We slow down and look at car wrecks, and JACKASS is one extended car wreck.
From the beginning scene when the star of JACKASS, Johnny Knoxville rents a car, turns down the insurance, and takes the car to a demolition derby, we are fixated on the outrageous stunts and complete lack of modesty exhibited by these heroes of the silver screen. And if you've ever wondered what two blow up sex dolls would look like, you will be satisfied.
Without JACKASS, those of us outside the medical profession would never know what the X ray film looks like if you have a matchbox car shoved up your rear.
We'd be deprived of the images of snorting wassabi sauce, and we'd forever wonder what would happen if we stuck a bottle rocket in our butt and lit it. Without JACKASS we'd never know if Butterbean was really all that hard a puncher, and if we ever had the urge to see if a tattoo artist was good enough to practice his art inside a Humvee as it speeds over a bumpy desert track, that urge should be satisfied.
You or I can marvel that despite our perceived advantages over dwarves, that we probably can't kick ourselves in the head, as aptly demonstrated by Wee Man.
And the next time you are bowling, try not to laugh with the image of someone lying down on a skateboard going down the lane towards the pins as someone else sends a bowling ball square into his crotch.
JACKASS has been unfairly criticized by idiots all over the country. They hold the film responsible for their own children's stupidity. A parent who raises their child right will raise a child who isn't stupid enough to set himself or his friends on fire, but if he does, he will do it correctly and with enough safety precautions so that they do not end up a crispy critter. Parents and ignorant political talking heads seek to blame others rather than tell everyone to take responsibility for their own actions and the actions of those they are responsible for.
JACKASS makes no excuses, offers no apologies, and gives us what we want. We watch as if we are right there with Steve-O, Johnny Knoxville, Bam Magera, Percy and Wee Man.
We see just how much fun golf carts can be, and how equally dangerous they can be when pushed to their limits, and despite the danger, and despite the injuries, deep down inside, we know we want to use them irresponsibly.
JACKASS takes us on a wild ride of indiscretion, never once straying from it's roots.
There is poop, there is kicks in the groin, there is the preying on the helpful nature of humanity. We see the best sides of our culture as people step up to help others who they have never met.
And I believe that is the true message of JACKASS. We are a sensitive country, one which will help those who appear frail. And when we see how foolish we look, we will laugh along with everyone else at ourselves.
Without a movie like JACKASS, there would be millions of people in America who would not have found laughter and joy for an hour and a half. And they never would have seen a giant shopping cart careening out of control, full of people.
In a time where we have people blowing themselves up trying to kill different ethnicity's, have terrorists trying to destroy the United States, we have JACKASS, and we have elected officials wasting our tax dollars coming out against a film like this.
Let us escape from our reality for a while, and let us enjoy this decadent film. And above all, quit yerbitchn!
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