Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Jason "Wee Man" Acuña, Chris Pontius, Dave England, "Danger" Ehren McGhehey, Preston Lacy, Sean “Poopies” McInerney, Zach Holmes, Rachel Wolfson, Eric Manaka, and Compston “Darkshark” Wilson
Director: Jeff Tremaine
A confession: I will never not find dudes getting hit in the nuts hilarious. And while Jackass Forever has plenty of laugh-out-loud genital trauma, that’s not what makes the movie work so well. It’s the infectious camaraderie and energy of the Jackass crew and their willingness to laugh at themselves as much as they laugh at each other. It makes you feel like one of the guys. As a dude who spent his 20s watching the original series, I admit nostalgia (and my own immaturity) could be a factor, but I was crying laughing for almost the entire runtime.
I’ve never been the biggest Jackass fan, but maybe time has done it’s thing because I actually enjoyed Jackass Forever. My biggest issue with Jackass is that some of the stuff just makes me squirm, and this one is no exception. I wish I had never seen a lot of it, actually, but I laughed pretty hard at many of the other stunts. What kinda shocks me is that I found the movie oddly endearing. I enjoyed the camaraderie the group shared, laughing together as they got their ass kicked. A welcome surprise for me.
Jackass Forever doesn’t try to be anything more than what you remember, and can you really ask for more? If you went to the theater to watch the old (probably too old) crew and some new (probably too dumb) faces hurt themselves for our amusement, then, no, you can’t ask for anything else. As stupid as their stunts may be, their joy and camaraderie makes the laughs more authentic because you feel like you’re there with them. It’s gross, immature, and ridiculous, yet you can’t help but laugh your ass off even when you have to look away.