Blu-Ray Review: ‘Jackass 3’ Shocks More Than First Two, But Misses Target

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CHICAGO – “Jackass 3” features more male genitalia and bodily fluids than most pornos. The boys have become bizarrely obsessed with their penises and, well, crap. And while the movie features some definite laughs, there are a surprising number of bits that either fall flat as comedy or seem designed to shock more than entertain. This big fan of Johnny Knoxville and the gang (I’ve seen every episode and the first two movies) just didn’t find the third installment as funny as I had hoped it would be — even in nauseating 3D. Blu-Ray Rating: 3.0/5.0
Blu-Ray Rating: 3.0/5.0

I’ve always had a bit of difficulty reviewing the “Jackass” movies. They’re almost critic-proof. We can’t really discuss the deep character development, plot, direction, or other elements that make up a movie review. All that really matters is if the segments are funny or not. And this time the batting average is a bit lower than the first two films. The boys seemed a bit too obsessed with the 3D element (and viewers can — and should — watch it at home with old-fashioned glasses) and lost a bit of their creative edge. I will say that the 3D-ness allows for a different level of nausea when people puke, piss, or crap on each other. You can almost smell it.

Jackass 3 was released on Blu-Ray and DVD combo pack on March 8th, 2011
Jackass 3 was released on Blu-Ray and DVD combo pack on March 8th, 2011
Photo credit: Paramount Home Video

As for highlights of round 3 of “Jackass” lunacy, I adore Bam’s parents and a bit with a guy in a gorilla suit is pretty hysterical. Will the Farter, a regular Howard Stern staple, cracks the boys up with his antics and watching them laugh so hard can be pretty damn infectious. I loved the bit when Preston asks a guy to hold his dog outside a store and Wee Man comes out in the same outfit to claim him. And the final bit, which involves Steve-O, a Port-o-Potty, and a giant bungee cord, is disgustingly memorable.

Jackass 3 was released on Blu-Ray and DVD combo pack on March 8th, 2011
Jackass 3 was released on Blu-Ray and DVD combo pack on March 8th, 2011
Photo credit: Paramount Home Video

But there are too many bits that just fall flat. Knoxville riding a jet ski over some bushes isn’t as funny as the simplicity of the early days when they just pushed each other around in shopping carts. The old man stuff this time isn’t as creative as the first two films. And I’ve seen “Jackass” guys evade a bull too often to find it funny any more.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about “Jackass 3” is how much the guys all behave like abuse victims now that they’ve been violating each other for most of their lives. They’re all looking over their shoulder in case Bam’s going to punch them in the face, someone’s going to piss on them, or they might get tossed into a pit of snakes. (All of the above actually happens in “Jackass 3.”) It doesn’t seem long before one of the guys is hospitalized with intense paranoia.

Until then, they’ll continue to make a living from physical abuse. “Jackass 3” made an amazing $170 million worldwide and ranked as the #23 movie of 2010 domestically. It really is a world of idiots. And I mean that as a compliment.

Special Features:
o Unrated Version
o Theatrical Version
o Deleted Scenes
o Outtakes
o MTV Making Of Special
o Classic 3D DVD Theatrical Version
o Digital Copy Theatrical Version

“Jackass 3” stars Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, Wee Man, Ryan Dunn, Preston Lacy, Dave England, and Ehren McGhehey. It was directed by Jeff Tremaine. It was released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 8th, 2011. content director Brian Tallerico

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