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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa Review

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We’ve definitely had a big serving of Irving.

In Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, we’re introduced to Irving Zisman, a popular character from Johnny Knoxville’s Jackass show, who must take his grandson Billy, played by Jackson Nicoll, to his father because his mother is going to jail.

This film isn’t the type to encapsulate your heart with the incredible drama. It’s Jackass. It’s Knoxville. It’s an old man getting his genitals stuck in a vending machine and crying for help as onlookers whip out their phones.

The loudest laughs come when the onlookers are in complete disbelief. The downside is that it’s in patches of the movie.

It’s mostly shock value humor as opposed to stunts seen on Jackass. I mean, what’s not to love about an old man in his tighty-whities accidently exposing himself at an all-male strip club? Or when he almost seemingly convinces two women at a postal center to nearly ship his grandson?

The humor is dependent on the onlookers, which also hurts the film. When it doesn’t nail it, it falls flat. Seeing an old man hitting on women just doesn’t cut it. Irving’s trolling abilities just wasn’t as funny.

A big credit to the film is Nicoll’s character Billy. Billy isn’t the type of annoying brat one would expect. He’s just a chubby kid looking to have some fun and enjoys the ride with his grandpa. His straight-faced delivery shines, especially when telling a woman she’s a stripper and bestows upon her the name “Cinnamon.”

The film has its misses, but it’s a rather entertaining two hours. If you’re a fan of the Jackass series, or think that a little boy gyrating to Warrant’s “Cherry Pie” is hilarious, then join the family as they embark on their trail to North Carolina.



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