Jackass: The Movie (Director: Jeff Tremaine, US, 2002): Finally rented this. Not being a fan of the TV show, I’d mostly heard about Jackass from friends at my last job. It’s not really a movie, so it’s hard to judge whether it’s “good” or not. The stunts range from gut-bustingly funny to just unwatchable, with the majority somewhere in between. Watching it by myself was obviously not as much fun as it would have been with a whole bunch of frat boys, but I still laughed. Brooke flat-out refused to watch it after the first 5 minutes. I guess this kind of humour is strictly a “guy thing”. Strangely, the only thing I could not watch was the paper cuts stunt.
I can’t really pass judgement on this kind of thing, even though it is dumb. There’s something inside all of us (guys, anyway) that just can’t help laughing at stupidity. And if these guys want to risk their lives, or at least their private parts, they’re welcome to it. I’m sure they made an obscene amount of money from this movie, too. But after watching almost 90 minutes of this stuff, I’d had enough. And for a few of the unfortunates in the movie, I suspect they’ve had enough, too.
It was interesting to note some of the surprising (and not-so-surprising) participants in the movie, like Spike Jonze, Lance Bangs (maker of the Slow Century documentary about Pavement and married to Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker), Rip Taylor, Henry Rollins, and Tony Hawk.