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warning! don't try this How do you even begin to review a film like this? It simply defies description--neither comedy nor documentary, and yet both of those words apply. It's basically just a bunch of guys thinking up the stupidest things they can possibly do. And then doing them.

The format is the same as the TV show: video footage (often from a hidden camera) edited together in a random collage of sequences showing each ludicrous stunt. From the sublime (running around Tokyo in panda suits) to the ridiculous (antics with golf carts), scary (tightrope walking over a pool of crocodiles), stupid (a new way to shoot bottle rockets), painful (papercuts anyone?) and obscene (a deranged joke with a toy car). And there are many more where those came from.

Since the scenes are filmed in a chaotic attempt to just capture whatever these guys are up to, there are no production values at all, beyond the very tight editing and the terrific musical score of surf-skateboard music. Since there's no script (they make it up as they go), I can't talk about story coherence or character development. There is none. But I can say that the film is indeed quite funny ... in places. Almost every segment has the ability to make us laugh either at the inventiveness, the daring, the boneheaded stupidity, or with relief that no one died.

Yes, it's far too much, aimless and unstructured, often deeply irresponsible and usually so vulgar that you'd better not have eaten before watching it. But there are sporadic moments of inspired hilarity that make it worthwhile ... as does the collective reaction from a full cinema, which is the only place this should ever be seen.

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cert 18 vulgarity, violence, nudity, language, stupidity 13.Nov.02

dir Jeff Tremaine
with Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, Steve-O, Dave England, Ryan Dunn, Jason 'Wee Man' Acuna, Preston Lacy, Ehren McGhehey, Henry Rollins, Tony Hawk, Rip Taylor
release US 25.Oct.02; UK 28.Feb.03
02/US 1h27

Looks like fun. One of the guys pole vaults into a sewage-filled Florida canal...

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send your review to Shadows... warning! don't try this Gawain McLachlan, Filmnet, Melbourne: 2/5 " Ninety-odd minutes of the TV series as the Jackass crew subject themselves and other people to pain and torture. Briefly entertaining in a sick and puerile way but the joke wears very thin. Under 20s may like it." (14.Mar.03)

Ben Carroll, Sedro-Woolley, Washington: 5/5 "Great movie. Hilarious. Gives the word insane a new meaning, and a very funny one. This movie is filled with funny stunts, nasty things, and hilarious jokes. The people who think this movie is horrible are the real jackasses!" (23.Jun.04)

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