Knoxville is one of the great slapstick comedians of today but, despite a half dozen hilarious bits, the cobbled narrative strains under its central conceit. Knoxville's bro-buffoonery & frat antics wear thin, over-relying on dick & fart jokes & ridiculing geriatric sexuality (how many horny gramps jokes can you cram into 90 minutes?). When it comes to this stuff, he lacks Baron-Cohen's intelligence & social acuity
Probably the best feature length thing the Jackass crew has ever put out. Absolutely hilarious. A lot like BORAT in that it's a mix of fictional plot with real life gags, but with much more replay value. The grandson rules.
Haven't decided yet whether the attempt at a cohesive narrative works (certainly made it surreal), or if the chaotic mayhem of "Jackass" needs to be utterly random. Regardless, 9-year old Jackson Nicoll's deadpan delivery is comedy gold.
Bad Grandpa is just a sequence of Jackass skits strung together by a threadbare narrative. It barely works as a story but the lowered expectations from that end with the name "Jackass" stamped on it force the viewer to forgive all. At the same time, its a series of uncomfortable laughs with a few disgusting laugh out loud moments. Knoxville's performance is fun & the final shot was gorgeous.
An entertaining and truly interesting experiment - the film meets halfway between a sweet, coming-of-age film and the over-the-top pranking Jackass is known for. Big laughs are found throughout, but so are heartfelt moments, where you can't help but feel warm about strangers' reactions towards (and acceptance of) the antics. Great to see this crew doing something new and creative while sticking to their roots.
Not a comedy classic like the other Jackass films, but it's completely different so it's kind of unfair to make the comparison, even though they invite it. Hilarious in quite a few moments. Stuff like this is what should be nominated for the Golden Globes comedy category.
Ok... yes, it's juvenile, immature, crass, puerile, stupid, ridiculous, preposterous, idiotic, etc, etc... but goddamn it's also sooooo funny! I was literally in tears at points. I don't care - yes, I like my highbrow cinema but a man (masquerading as an old man) farting poo up a diner wall is funny. It worked with the social awkwardness of the whole scenario. It's a one shot viewing deal, but that will be enough. :)