Reviewed by: Josh Sorensen
|Featuring:||Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Preston Lacy|
|Producer:||Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine|
Imagine a room full of immature junior high boys during a sleep over, add a heavy dose of curse words, gross out gags, plenty of male nudity, and self inflicting pain. Now you have all the information you need to know about Jackass: the Movie. Unfortunately, that room full of junior high boys are the ones this movie is targeting.
MTV has once again outdone themselves in this sad commentary on our degenerating culture. “Jackass” is the reality TV show that has become an instant hit among teenage boys. The movie is an 84 minute extension of the television show, but with scenes they could not show on TV (even MTV, which says a lot). The characters take a video camera around with them and do things to themselves and others that would make a juvenile delinquent proud. The stunts they perform range everywhere from speeding down a paved road in a shopping cart while bricks and rocks are shot from a canon at them, renting a used car and demolishing it in a crash derby, getting beat up by a professional female kick boxer, tightrope walking over a crocodile pit, to shooting fireworks from their rear ends, on screen vomiting, urinating in a snowcone and eating it, defecating in a plumbing store’s displayed toilet, giving each other paper cuts in between fingers and toes, a very disturbing scene where one of the characters proceeds to insert a toy matchbox car into his rear end for an x-ray examination, and much more. Need I mention the pervasive cursing and male nudity (both frontal and rear) that is rampant throughout the movie?
We know Romans 1 says that men will trade their natural desires for unnatural. These stunts are deliberately meant to be unnatural, shocking, repulsive, and offensive. Unfortunately, behind the laughter in the movie, there is no doubt that the guys who perform these stunts have hurting hearts as they seek attention in their five minutes of fame. Unfortunately, in seeking their own fame, they are bringing down a generation to their level of degrading shame. And whether we like to hear it or not, there will be many young boys who will likewise try to seek attention in the same ways.
My advice: keep your teens far from this movie and encourage them to find their satisfaction and fulfillment in Jesus, not in the ever-passing, emptiness of this world… which is all over this movie.
See our review of the sequel to this movie: Jackass: Number Two