Jackass Forever is critic-proof.
If you like the Jackass franchise, you’ll like this movie. If you love Jackass, you’ll love this movie and, of course, if you hate Jackass, you’ll hate this one as well.
I like Jackass, so I laughed like a hyena at the mostly wall to wall nut punching.
Really, I already wrote most of the review when I reviewed the trailer.
“I have a Y Chromosome, I will see this dumb movie.
I have a Y Chromosome, I will laugh like a dumbass at this dumb movie.
I mean, Eric Andre is in it, it’s fucking bulletproof.
I will see this movie and immediately forget about it seconds after it ends.
It is destiny.”
Some other notes:
One of the hidden successes of the film is normalizing male nudity. There’s like a lot–a lot–of dick. These aren’t the most handsome men and they are naked, bruised and proud, completely non-homophobic in their jokes. I am pro-male nudity because sexuality is not just the domain of hot women. And, when we take off our clothes, all of us are naked. Celebrate it. The Jackass crew does and then takes a ping pong paddle to the nuts.
This is also the first Jackass to feature a woman. And she’s just one of the Jackasses, as it should be. And the celebrity guest stars were all good sports, especially Tyler, The Creator.
Although Jackass seems like a throwback to a cruder time, this Jackass weirdly feels more progressive than the others with some new members along with some of the old guys taking brutal punishment. It’s just good, clean nut-punching fun. Wholesome family time with multiple shots of bruised nuts.
The challenges themselves are mostly old ones updated. I won’t say which as the surprise and “oh no” moment right before the stunt are my favorite parts. The most anxious trumps involved animals. Who knows what a vulture or bear or scorpion is going to do?
As always, the real VIP’s of the movie are the cameramen for outstanding cinematography and the guy who does slo-mo.
And the camaraderie of idiots.