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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
TBC
Cast
Johnny Knoxville
Bam Margera
Steve-O.
Directors
Jeff Tremaine.
Screenwriters
Sean Cliver
Preston Lacy.
Running Time
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Jackass Number Two
Exactly what you might expect but even wronger...


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Plot
Plot? You’re kidding, right? Okay... nine blokes make each other bleed, vomit, scream, cry and laugh while a camera films them. The end.


Review
Jackass Number Two

What does it say about popular culture when a movie starring five Oscar nominees and based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is royally trounced at the US box office by footage of nine jerk-offs with an irrational fascination with each other’s testicles? We’re not sure, but Jackass: Number Two says it loud and clear.
 
While Sean Penn was busy honing his Method, Johnny Knoxville and his chums were busy working out which one of them would drink a horse’s semen for 200 bucks. It’s unlikely All The King’s Men’s producers and executives stopped to even consider that the Jackass sequel was the movie to avoid when scheduling their Oscar-bait, but they seriously underestimated the pleasure the American cinema-going audience gets from watching a man shave his balls and stick the hair on his buddy’s face.
 
Of course, it’s far from fair to compare a politically charged period-piece to a testosterone-charged penis-piece, but there’s little fair about the fickle tastes of film fans. The reason this works is that it does exactly what it says on the canister; there’s no allusion to anything more than cheap laughs. And they’re in plentiful supply.
 
Some would have considered it reasonable for troupe leader Johnny Knoxville to take more of a back seat this time, after sacrificing himself time and again on the altar of scatological humour in the original film and the popular MTV series. But despite his burgeoning legitimate movie career — including The Dukes Of Hazzard and the forthcoming Killshot — and, no doubt, the plaintive request of his insurance company, he’s front and centre here.
 
It’s Knoxville who ends up bloodied by anacondas and violently raging bulls; nearly speared to death by a defective rocket; and with a mouthful of something so disgusting it warrants the film’s only on-screen black ‘censored’ bar.
 
Despite cameos by respected ‘real’ filmmakers like John Waters, Spike Jonze and Luke Wilson, and an elaborately choreographed dance and stunt routine, Jackass: Number Two remains simply dumb fun. Along the way, though, it does manage to be energising, daring and, importantly, true to its roots. “Please don’t let there be a Jackass 3,” Steve-O says as he recovers from a punishing stunt at the film’s end. Moviegoers — and serious moviemakers everywhere — shouldn’t bet on it.


Verdict
Jackass: Number Two aims low and hits lower, but is as hilarious and uncomfortable an encounter as possible.


Reviewed by Tony Horkins

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More of the silly

Surprisingly this reconvening of the Jackass crew for more dumb stunts and puerile humour is a bit more consistent than its predecessor. The vast majority of stunts are generally laugh-out funny, some even being jaw-dropping at their inherent danger. Thankfully there’s also less of an obsession with bodily waste products which has been swapped for a gleeful celebration of the male appendage. Whatever floats your boat. ... More

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Posted by RJNeb2 at 10:51, 08 June 2014 | Report This Post


Second Times A Charm

greatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreat greatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreat greatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreat greatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreat great film I absolutely loved it and would watch it again and again and all the guys make it hilarious and I have cried wth laughter at this film! ... More

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Posted by Charlotteknowsfilms at 17:02, 24 June 2011 | Report This Post


Depravity Hits Bullseye

Really, if you're a fan of the tv show, you know exactly what you're going to get here. Enjoyably crude and hilariously offensive stunts performed by Mtv's finest, all for your viewing pleasure. Essential stuff for any extreme idiocy fan. Hilarious ... More

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Posted by blaud at 00:51, 17 March 2011 | Report This Post


Shocking But Terribly Funny

Jackass is silly, stupid and has no plot at all. It will shock, disgust, disturb and make you sick. But strangely, you laugh with them as they go through the most dangerous stunts ever. Goes to show you that a successful show like this can win a lot of new fans. ... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 17:19, 15 November 2010 | Report This Post


Shocking But Terribly Funny

Jackass is silly, stupid and has no plot at all. It will shock, disgust, disturb and make you sick. But strangely, you laugh with them as they go through the most dangerous stunts ever. Goes to show you that a successful show like this can win a lot of new fans. ... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 17:19, 15 November 2010 | Report This Post


Please God let there be a Jackass 3

Not as laugh out loud as the first movie but it's still worth a look. Check out the bungee jump ... More

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Posted by S1lent B0b at 20:02, 03 October 2009 | Report This Post


Hilarious but quite sick

I have watched all the Jackass TV shows but none of them have ever had moments that I simply have to look away from. The hook going through Steve-o's cheek and the leech on the eyeball are both so horrible I can't watch them. But everything else is brilliant, especially Terror Taxi. ... More

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Posted by CIW at 03:39, 27 October 2008 | Report This Post


RE: what a bunch of jackass's

Yeh, that was pretty sweet as well. ... More

Posted by john25 at 02:06, 03 April 2008 | Report This Post


RE: what a bunch of jackass's

I preffered Knoxville's "I'm going to the moooon!" ... More

Posted by Piles at 22:48, 02 April 2008 | Report This Post


RE: what a bunch of jackass's

The Terrorist Taxi ride was one of the funniest things that I have seen in ages. ... More

Posted by john25 at 22:18, 02 April 2008 | Report This Post


RE: what a bunch of jackass's

Yeah, I watched it last night, too.   Not really much of a "movie", ut hysterically funny nontheless.   7/10. ... More

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Posted by Piles at 22:23, 01 April 2008 | Report This Post


RE: what a bunch of jackass's

I saw this the first time on Sky the other night. Vile, puerile, depraved and at times hysterically funny. The only criteria you can judge a film such as this on is "did it make you laugh?", and the simple answer is yes it did, a lot. The "Puppet Show" scene at the beginning of the movie had me in stitches (and probably the participant too! Great fun (if you can stomach it) 4 stars  ... More

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Posted by skeletonjack at 19:24, 01 April 2008 | Report This Post


what a bunch of jackass's

this film is disgusting ,immature ,stupid.........but it's bloody funny. is there anything they wouldn't do, johnny Knoxville just won't die he's invincible. I'm now getting used to the sight of vomit. i hope they make jackass 3 to finish it all up.come who doesnt want to see 9 men commit suicide in the funniest and greatest ways ... More

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Posted by Dr Manhattan at 18:27, 14 August 2007 | Report This Post


This was damn right more funny than the first, it was more funny than sick whereas the first was more sick than funny It was a waste of time making the first one but number two ups the anti on it making it more funny and just as sick but with fewer bits in it. ... More

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Posted by Big Alex at 10:19, 03 August 2007 | Report This Post


DI-SGUS-TING!

Just saw this on DVD. I think I need to have seen it at the pics as a collective thing because as an at home watch it was mostly just gross. The first was EXTREME and funny, this one is just extremely disgusting. There's only so many times they can do horrible things to each others testicles! It all seemed a bit forced and desperate this time around. There are some laughs to be had. Perhaps I've just out grown this kind of thing now. ... More

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Posted by giddig at 23:58, 23 May 2007 | Report This Post


O......K!!

God this movie was disgusting! I don't know bout you, but Chris Pontius drinking a horse's love juice is just a little bit weird, even for me. All that in mind though this movie was pretty entertaining for the sadist in all of us, if a bit unsuitable for some of those with a weak stomach.... ... More

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Posted by MCRfan at 11:07, 07 April 2007 | Report This Post


nearlt as funny as borat .the stunts they were performing were insane. ... More

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Posted by ch1ppy at 22:43, 31 March 2007 | Report This Post


Brilliant

Lol funny damn right when you thought they couldn't get any crazier they come up with some absolutely crazy shit! Bull semen, fart helmets and human bait for shark fishing its all here and it so gut bustingly funny, watch it with a few mates on the piss 5 star entertainment. ... More

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Posted by spideyfan666 at 04:53, 09 March 2007 | Report This Post


laugh out loud brilliance ... More

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Posted by iconzero at 12:44, 06 December 2006 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

i think its a bit of a communial thing aswell, its far more fun to watch with a group of mates, so seeing it in the cinema is im sure a much funnier experience. ... More

Posted by *emz6* at 23:46, 29 November 2006 | Report This Post


RE:

I thought it was well funny. Having not seen any new Jackass for ages it was good to see. Many funny moments, I must have been heard by the other 6 people in the cinema. If you liked the first then you'll enjoy this oh so much! ... More

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Posted by Dready at 19:43, 29 November 2006 | Report This Post


Some minor quibbles: 1. The black 'censored' bar was in front of Chris Pontius, not Johnny Knoxville. 2. It is Bam Margera who pleads for there 'not to be a Jackass 3' not Steve-O. ... More

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Posted by lpbigmore at 09:16, 29 November 2006 | Report This Post


RE:

L: ukedge87 Knoxville, like always, dominates the preceedings, but this time he has reason to take centre stage as he volunteers for the most dangerous and idoitic of all the stunts, with Bam Magera also proving himself as wild as ever, despite having had his image toned down in 'Viva La Bam'. Surprisingly, the infamous Wild Boys (Steve O and Chris Pontius) seem to take part in fewer of the skits, despite being focal in the previous outings. sp; true although Steve-O doesnt sh... More

Posted by *emz6* at 00:47, 29 November 2006 | Report This Post


RE:

It was just what you'd expect from seeing the show and the first movie.   A wonderful mixture of dangerous, shocking, disgusting and weird stunts.    However I thought it started badly with two slow and not very good bits such as the puppet show and valentine (repeated too many times), but then really picked up and proved to be as sickly inventive as ever.   Unlike Bam, I do hope there will be a third. ... More

Posted by TheBunk at 23:19, 27 November 2006 | Report This Post


eh..

never really got the appeal of these bozos to be honest.Id rather have watched grizzly man to be honest.. ... More

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Posted by cadz at 16:20, 27 November 2006 | Report This Post


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