Jackass 3D lives up to its name

Article Published: Oct. 21, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Jackass 3D lives up to its name

Johnny Knoxville returns in Jackass 3D.

You know what you're getting when you buy a ticket for Jackass 3D - a movie about jackasses, and in 3D.

Disgusting, vile and utterly cringe-inducing, this latest entry in the series still manages to tickle the funny bone on the basest of levels, before covering it in manure and hitting it over someone's head.

Furthering the exploits of MTV's backyard stuntmen - Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Wee Man, Preston Lacey, Chris Pontius et al - Jackass 3D ups the ante by way of, well, abusing the third dimension.

Considering 3D is a money-making gimmick at best, this is only fitting. And, for better or worse, its 3D presentation is probably one of the clearest and crispest of the year: For better, because it's visually compelling; for worse, because you really don't want to see certain, uhh, things coming at you in 3D.

The stunts this go-around involve jumping various "vehicles" off ramps, exploding Porta-A-Johns, animal attacks (donkeys and buffalos), paintball abuse, Super Glue antics (gluing a midget to a fat man's belly), more animal attacks (bees, bulls and rams), more paintball abuse, a Tazer/cattle prod obstacle course in a narrow hallway, a hilarious real-life depiction of the Maxell ads from the '80s (employing a jet engine for effect), and a slew of other shenanigans unfit to print.

We're then treated to a slow-motion version of the stunt, still in 3D, and usually even more laugh- or gag-inducing than the initial presentation. Never has a punch to the face seemed so animated and jiggly.

To say Jackass 3D is gross is a gross understatement. It simply depends on your taste, or lack thereof, in physical comedy. But theses jackasses are on to something (and probably on something, too).

From the relative comfort of a cinema seat, we're able to laugh at their self-inflicted injuries - one, because it's not happening to us; and two, because they seem to have such a good time doing it.

If anything can test the bonds of friendship, it's hitting one's friend in the groin with a tee-ball and then laughing about it together; or playing tetherball with a beehive; or, perhaps, strapping oneself into a Port-A-John hooked to a reverse bungee cord.

Director Jeff Tremaine (Jackass: The Movie) uses shock value as an art form, effective and memorable, but in all the wrong ways. In the case of Jackass 3D, "wrong" happens to be hilarious.

But be warned: It's not for the faint of heart, weak of stomach, or anyone who uses "family" as an adjective. It simply is what it is, and you get what you pay for. Just thank Hollywood for not bringing back Smell-O-Vision.

Jackass 3D, rated R for male nudity, extremely crude and dangerous stunts throughout, and for language, is playing at Regal Cinema 7 in Boone.

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