Monday, December 2, 2013

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa [A Fat Jesus Quick Hit]

Bad Grandpa is a movie that's a spin-off of the ever popular Jackass series. In the series, at points, Johnny Knoxville dresses up as an old man, Irving Zisman, to do stunts. But, this is the first time we've seen a character from the Jackass universe with it's own movie. Bad Grandpa follows the story of Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) as he takes his grandson, Billy (Jackson Nicoll), across the country to his father. He is ordered to do it after Billy's mother was jailed. Along the way, the two bond as grandfather and grandson. All while zany and out of place things keep happening to Zisman.

Imma get right down to it, if you're a fan of the Jackass series you're going to like this movie. It doesn't have the charm of the whole crew just paling around and maiming themselves for our pleasure. What it does have is a semblance of a story, a bit of actual emotion, fun stunts and the traditional Jackass comedy we've come to get used to over the years. To me this is nowhere as funny or outrageous as the original trilogy. Johnny Knoxville is fine throughout as Zisman, and Jackson Nicoll is oddly charming as Billy. The story of a grandfather getting to know his grandson for the first time is a nice touch in this type of film. Bad Grandpa succeeds best in bringing a story-like element to a hidden camera movie. If there's a Bad Grandpa 2, I'll welcome it with open arms.

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