THE AISLE SEAT - by Mike McGranaghan
Johnny Knoxville makes a canine friend in Jackass 3D.
Whenever someone got hurt, my high school gym teacher would tell them to "walk it off." He would have loved the Jackass guys. They're experts in walking it off. Of course, they have no right to complain since they sign up for the crazy stuff they do. Jackass 3D is the latest entry in the series that celebrates self-inflicted pain, and it's everything a Jackass fan could want: projectile vomiting, male genitalia, and poop, all flying at your face in three dimensions.
I thought that, despite the addition of 3D, this installment was actually a little less outrageous than the previous one. The stunts here are not as confrontationally gross as in Jackass 2, which at times went a bit too far in my opinion (although it was still great). The third film returns more to the roots of the TV show, which focused primarily on silly stunts, dopey pranks, and a healthy share of why would anyone in their right mind do that? antics. Steve-O and Ryan Dunn, dressed in band uniforms and carrying instruments, get into a pen with a ram to see if music really does soothe the savage beast. (It doesn't.) Wee Man and Preston Lacy crazy glue themselves to each other. Johnny Knoxville puts on old man makeup and pretends to soil his pants in public. Bam Margera gets slapped with a spring-loaded, oversized hand. There's a guy who can fart on command; he takes one of those party favors that unroll when you blow into it and sticks it in his butt. You can figure out what happens from there. I actually prefer this kind of nonsense to the more stomach-churning antics the boys occasionally engage in.
Two moments are of that sickening variety. One finds Steve-O strapped inside a port-a-potty that is launched into the air, covering him with fecal matter. The other has him drinking sweat that's been collected from the corpulent posterior of Lacy. Years of moviegoing have left me with a cast-iron stomach. Nothing ever gets to me. Except this. No lie - I nearly threw up in the theater. These are probably crowd-pleasing moments (for the Jackass crowd, at least), but I laughed more when they simply rigged the port-a-potties to "explode" leaving unsuspecting friends covered in that blue stuff you always find in them.
What does 3D add to the Jackass experience? Well, I suppose it adds a layer of insanity to it all. People don't just puke, they appear to be puking into your lap. There are several 3D penises flapping around. Your imagination will tell you what 3D does for that port-a-potty launch. Everything seems (no pun intended) more in your face this time. Is it a welcome addition? Yes. It's hard to take this kind of thing seriously anyway; putting it in 3D makes you feel like you're there with the gang as they perform their best jackass-ery.
I laughed at Jackass 3D, just as I laughed at the show and at the two previous films. It may be time to stop, however. Some of the jackasses are looking a little older now, maybe even too old to get away with this foolishness much longer. They get away with it for the time being, though.
You don't need me to review this movie. It's either your thing or it isn't. If it is your thing, you won't be disappointed. I wasn't.
( out of four)
Jackass 3D is rated R for male nudity, extremely crude and dangerous stunts throughout, and for language. The running time is 1 hour and 34 minutes.