Release Date: October 25, 2013
Director: Jeff Tremaine
Writer: Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze, Jeff Tremaine, Johnny Knoxville, Fax Bahr, Adam Small
Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Jackson NIcoll, Greg Harris, Georgina Cates, Kamber Hejlik, Jill Kill, Madison Davis, George Faughnan, Grasie Mercedes, Marilynn Allain, Jack Polick, Spike Jonze, Catherine Keener, Marlon Davis, Quintin Duncan, Diyonte George, Anthony Lanier, Joseph RIchmond, Christopher Smiley, Steve Harris, David Barbour
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 92 minutes
By: Paramount PIctures
BAD GRANDPA’ If I remove the grandpa you’ll have my rating. Instantly I felt something was missing. I didn’t want to compare to previous Jackass films since the whole cast isn’t present, but they were surely missed. In society when little kids or our elders get into mischief you may get a little frustrated but not irate. You tell yourselves to be patient because the children may not no any better. You’re calm with elders because they may not be able to help themselves, or you realize you may be there one day yourself. So when you combine the two like Johnny Knoxville and a cute little kid, you would think you would have a field day of laughs. Unfortunately this isn’t the case and leads to disappointments.
One of the best elements of the previous Jackass films were the intro. They were filled with non-stop random silliness like an intro to a super hero movie. It was a wink to the fans advising them to get the ready for what’s to come, and they never let you down. This time around it’s not as grand, but still will leave you with chuckles. My biggest complaint while clocking me completely out of the movie was it not knowing what type to film it wanted to be. Was it a little kid and the grandpa playing jokes on random civilians, or in part a real movie displaying the relationship between a grandfather and his grandchild? The latter doesn’t work at all. We the audience know they’re relationship isn’t real. We know he’s not a real grandpa. We know he’s dressed in make-up and they’re not real family members. So the fact that they’re scenes with only those two present, pretending to be a family makes me ask what’s the point and the thought of this is stupid. A good 35-45 minutes is wasted on dialogue that would only convince those living under a rock.
Most of the jokes felt flat. That’s just my opinion seeing that most of the theater audience were laughing out loud. One of the key scenes I looked forward to, putting the icing on the cake was ruined due to no surprises from the whole scene being shown in the previews and/or tv spots. I’m not going to say it contained no laughs because it did. But if you have a 50 question test (scenes) and only get 10 you would probably fail. I’m a fan of the Jackass franchise, previous tv shows, and other random spin-offs this wasn’t up to par.