HTF REVIEW: "jackass the movie" (warning: adult orientated review) (with screenshots)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Founder

    Jul 3, 1997
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    jackass: the movie

    Studio: Paramount
    Year: 2002
    Rated: R
    Film Length: 84 minutes
    Aspect Ratio: 16X9 Enhanced Widescreen (1.78:1)
    Subtitles: English

    Do not attempt this at home


    Well folks, I have just witnessed jackass the
    for the very first time, and I gotta say
    that the fat lady has sung. Now that I know how to
    put a condom, anal lube and a toy car to
    good use I have finally seen everything on Earth there
    is to see and the good Lord can now take me away.


    You can imagine that up until this evening I had
    never experienced MTV's phenomenon known as jackass.
    Basically, the show is a string of often crude
    hazardous human tricks performed by Ringleader
    Knoxville and his zany crew -- Bam Margera, Chris
    Pontius, Steve-O, Dave England, Ryan Dunn, Jason "Wee
    Man" Acuna, Preston Lacy and Ehren McGhehey. It's
    a show where a handi-cam captures shenanigans performed
    more for the thrill of the moment than for the camera.


    The film has no script and no acting. It's basically
    a bunch of trailer trash guys pushing the extremes to
    which people will go to show disrespect for their own
    bodies. Where else can you see guys electrocuting
    their testicles, eating a urine-pissed snow cone, or
    walking into a plumbing store and taking a crap on
    the display toilet? How about taking a prize fighter
    into a Japanese department store and allowing him
    to punch you senseless or letting your stomach be
    a target for plastic bullets?! Yes folks, jackass
    is the most awful, nauseating, cringe-inducing,
    moronic, sophomoric, stupid piece of pop culture that
    I've ever seen. But you know what? The film is
    pretty damn entertaining. The things that are done
    in this film are things the majority of us will never
    do out of fear of the repercussions, the injuries, and
    what other people would think of us. The entertainers
    from JACKASS live truly free lives and you can't
    help but sit back and smirk at it all.

    How is the transfer?

    The film's cinematography is negligible, as much of
    its footage was shot with hidden cameras. The footage
    is often grainy and rough looking more like a home-
    made movie (which on its $5 million budget it nearly
    is!). Be it as it may, you'll be elated to learn
    that the quality of this transfer is top-notch with
    clarity that is just outstanding. At its best, images
    are very well detailed and colors stand out vividly.


    What really kicks ass is the film's 5.1 surround
    mix that truly immerses us into the film's rock
    soundtrack that encircles itself around the entire
    listening area. With everyone from Andrew W.K., the
    Ramones, the Minutemen, and the Sahara Hotnights, to
    Sir Mix-A-Lot and Slayer, the diversity of this
    soundtrack mirrors those of the extreme stunts
    performed by Jackass Johnny Knoxville and his crew.
    There is so much punch to this soundtrack that I
    often found myself having had to turn the volume
    down. This mix has sensational sound direction
    and booming LFE support. Dialogue is dead center
    with crisp and detailed audio across the fronts
    and rears that support so many of the effect sounds
    that you almost feel like you are in the middle
    of the prank itself. I promise that this will be a
    highly rewarding sonic experience for anyone that
    turns the volume up HIGH. Be prepared!

    Special Features


    No boring promotional "fluff" pieces here, folks!
    Everything you are about to witness is pure jackass
    lunacy. If you liked the movie, not one of these
    supplemental features should be missed!

    First up is the full-length commentary by
    director Jeff Tremaine, cinematographer Dimitry
    Elyashkevich and Johnny Knoxville. The group
    recorded this effort during the second week of
    the film's theatrical release, and all are quite
    amazed by the success it has enjoyed thus far.
    This is actually more tame than I thought it would
    be, and its quite exciting to listen to for the
    fact that we learn so much more about how individual
    stunts were set up and filmed. Every stunt has its
    own story behind it and there's always some sort of
    embarrassing story to talk about such as the one
    about party boy who peed his pants several times on
    the flight over to Japan. Definitely worth a listen!


    It seems that the main idea conveyed in MTV's
    "making of jackass the movie"
    is that this film
    has given the opportunity for Johnny Knoxville and
    his crew to give us the most outrageous moments that
    they would never have been able to do on television.
    We are taken to Jackass Headquarters where we see
    the guys literally destroying an office with a
    go-cart and by throwing one another into the plastered
    wall. Next its on to various camera tests that were
    used to decide what film format would best be suited
    for what stunt. We also get to see the crew filming
    various stunt introductions and voice pickups. On
    to even more outrageous stunts that didn't
    even make the film, while giving us some extended
    peeks at the stuff that did -- such as one of the
    guys breaking a tooth after a go-cart demolition
    or the gang gearing up to crash their shopping cart
    into a fruit stand. It's not too surprising to hear
    one of the crew exclaiming "I'd like to say I'm having
    a good time, but I do get grumpy and cranky alot."
    You think?! This really isn't as much as a "making of"
    than a really fun opportunity to see more mayhem, and
    I promise, you'll enjoy it just as much as you did
    the film.
    (length: approx. 23 minutes)


    A 7-minute outtakes reel is just as amusing
    as the film itself, but since everything in this
    film has been totally unscripted and played just
    for laughs, how did they decide what was blooper
    material? Well, there are quite a few lines flubbed
    here as well as some underwater creatures and props
    that just failed to work. Funny stuff!

    Oh my God! If being subjected to the 84 minute
    film and 23 minute "making of" wasn't enough.....


    Additional Footage gives us 27 minutes of
    more juvenile lunacy. Join Knoxville and his shock
    jocks as they venture into an adult store and purchase
    a plastic "ass" apparatus (of a man no-less). See
    what they do to the pocket ass device and the face
    of the store clerk upon its return. Then, join the
    crew on a lovely pole vault jump over "poo river."
    How about a line-up where the guys pull their pants
    down and get their ass smacked hard by a bamboo shoot?
    Too much pain you say?! Well, perhaps you'd rather
    just sit back and enjoy the beauty of a "sand vagina."
    If that isn't enough, it all ends with what possibly
    is the world's most elaborate stunt. Though it doesn't
    quite go off as expected, it certainly doesn't lack
    shock value.


    There is 5 minutes worth of TV promo spots
    that also include commercials for merchandise and
    even the CD soundtrack. The film's original
    theatrical trailer
    is also here as well. I
    have to say, any movie that praises itself by quoting
    its own bad reviews has got to be alright!

    There are separate cast and crew filmographies
    that are very detailed and quite funny if you have
    the time to go through them all.


    Galleries provides the opportunity to browse
    through approximately 34 production photos and various
    poster art.

    Finally, there is the inclusion of two music
    : If you're gonna be dumb by Roger
    Alan Wade and We want fun by Andrew W.K.

    This is one of the few times that the supplemental
    area is as fun as the film. If you liked the movie,
    then you'll enjoy the fact that the party goes on
    long after the film has ended.

    Oh, yes, everything here is subtitled! Way to go Paramount!

    Don't let me forget to talk about what I think is
    a Paramount FIRST....the inclusion of
    theatrical trailers at the beginning of
    their DVD. Pop in the disc and be greeted with
    trailers for The Core and Extreme Ops.
    I am delighted Paramount is now including such
    non-forced trailers at the beginning of their discs
    but why oh why did they choose not to present them

    Final Thoughts


    Sometimes realistic, other times over-the-top,
    jackass is the perfect party film to watch
    with a bunch of guys and a few six packs of beer.
    It's hard to imagine a small budget film with a
    bunch of no-names and no script, ending up being
    this damn entertaining.

    I have never been so ashamed of my own laughter.

    Release Date: March 25, 2003

    All screen captures have been further compressed.
    They are for illustrative purposes only and do not
    represent actual picture quality
  2. Ron_L

    Ron_L Second Unit

    Feb 21, 2002
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    I have seen this film at least 3 times.

    It's AWESOME.
  3. Michael Dueppen

    Michael Dueppen Stunt Coordinator

    Sep 19, 2000
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    Thanks for the review, Ron. I've only seen a couple of minutes of the show up to now and I was not planning on watching the movie.
    But you kind of convinced me to give this disc a spin at least as a rental.
  4. Jonathan White

    Jonathan White Stunt Coordinator

    Feb 21, 2003
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    Great review, my copy has just turned up and I am just about to watch it. Isn't it great living in the UK and getting region one releases before our American cousins.
  5. James Reader

    James Reader Screenwriter

    Mar 10, 2002
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    It's kind of ironic isn't it that Parmount can produce such a loaded disc for Jackass, but most of their classic movies receive nothing more than a trailer? (and this seems to be missing from most new Paramount releases!)
  6. Joshua_Y

    Joshua_Y Screenwriter

    Dec 19, 2002
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    I saw this flick 3 times...its so funny! Cant wait to see all the extra stuff next week when it comes out!
  7. Matthew Chmiel

    Matthew Chmiel Cinematographer

    Apr 26, 2000
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    I saw Jackass twice in theaters and it was just as still funny the second time I saw it.

    I will be buying the DVD, and it's nice to see Ron give it an in-depth review. But Ron, did you check out the second commentary on the disc?
  8. Gordon McMurphy

    Gordon McMurphy Producer

    Aug 3, 2002
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    In reply to James Reader:
  9. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

    Dec 4, 1999
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    As with all MTV material, Paramount is a DISTRIBUTOR and really has no say on actual disc content. That's why Jackass gets the royal treatment while other films languish.

    Given that most of the movie was performed in areas in and around my Neighborhood, I'm amazed I didn't run into them. After all, that's my bowling alley [​IMG]

    The whole thing is mind-numbing stupidity, if that's your game go for it

    The ending IS truely classic however
  10. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Founder

    Jul 3, 1997
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    Aaah, there is a second commentary.

    Whadda you know.

    I will update the review to make note of it.
  11. Charlie Essmeier

    Charlie Essmeier Stunt Coordinator

    Mar 7, 1999
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  12. Dean Kousoulas

    Dean Kousoulas Second Unit

    Jul 15, 2002
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    March 25th can't come soon enough.

  13. Brenton

    Brenton Screenwriter

    Jun 25, 2002
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    Actually, Ron, it wasn't their testicles, it was their gooch, which is the stretch of skin between the testicles and anus.
  14. Scott_J

    Scott_J Cinematographer

    Jul 17, 2000
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  15. jonathan_govols

    jonathan_govols Stunt Coordinator

    Dec 25, 2002
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    March 25th is the biggest single DVD day for me. Jackass (one of the funniest films ive seen) and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (a landmark film in so many different ways and one of my favs as a child, haven't seen it since then). I can't wait.
  16. Travis D

    Travis D Second Unit

    Feb 15, 2001
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    Finally, I will be able to enjoy the absolute torture that is "Papercuts" in my own home. [​IMG]

    I am also ashamed at my own laughter, but I'm sorry when I say that them shocking their gooch is the funniest damn thing I've ever seen.
  17. Jonathan White

    Jonathan White Stunt Coordinator

    Feb 21, 2003
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  18. Leif Wall

    Leif Wall Second Unit

    May 4, 2000
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    Gooch? I thought it was called the 'taint'?
  19. Stephen Orr

    Stephen Orr Screenwriter

    Mar 14, 1999
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    Hmmmmm. JA or Roger Rabbit next week? I'll pass on JA, thank you very much...[​IMG]
  20. Brett_B

    Brett_B Supporting Actor

    Oct 26, 1999
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    I couldn't have said it better. Those were basically my exact thoughts about this movie.

    I can't wait to pick this one up.

    Thanks for the review, Ron.

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