The world is pretty messed up right now.
The global government is trying to forcibly inject you against your will, food is missing from shelves across the country, inflation is destroying Americans, and Tom Brady finally retired.
There aren’t many things to smile about these days so perhaps a movie about a bunch of idiot millionaires putting themselves through intense pain is exactly the film we need right now.
It’s been 22 years since the original group from MTV’s ‘Jackass’ created a cultural phenomenon as a bunch of guys who would do wild stunts from the gross to the painful. Now it’s 2022 and the fact that these guys are pushing 50 isn’t stopping them from doing the same dumb shit they have always done.
This is the 4th Jackass movie to date so if you are a fan of the previous films, you will certainly be pleased with what you get in this film. ‘Jackass Forever’ mixes the new with the old. This time around, a handful of new faces are introduced to earn their stripes as they make the transition from fans to cast members.
Sean “Poopies” McInerney, Jasper Dolphin, Zach Holmes, Rachel Wolfson, and Eric Manaka are introduced as the new cast of Jackass to perform some of the more physically challenging stunts the older cast can no longer perform. That doesn’t mean the OGs are getting off easy because if you love watching your favorites suffer from extreme pain with a few medical visits along the way, your appetite will be serviced.
Like most Jackass stunts, not all of these will be for the weak of heart. Expect to see penis, balls, puke, blood in all the wrong places.
As most of this film was shot during the COVID era, the cast was limited in what they could pull off as far as pranks to instead of pranking normal people, the running gag involving a series of stunts and pranks performed on the cast and various celebrities such as Machine Gun Kelly and Tyler The Creator who appear in the film.
The stunts in this film aren’t groundbreaking compared to other things you have seen these guys do but you know exactly what you are getting from this film. Its profound stupidity at its finest, there is no rhyme or reason for anything you are watching but that is Jackass in a nutshell.
One thing that can be said about ‘Jackass Forever’ is that this film came to theaters at just the right time. With audiences begging for a worthy distraction that doesn’t involve superheroes, Jackass fills a much-needed void which is why most audiences will be satisfied by what they see.
In a lot of ways, Jackass is a relic from a bygone era, after 22 years, no one is trying to reinvent the wheel. But after the shitshow which has been the last two years, watching Johnny Knoxville give himself his 60th concussion at the age of 50 is exactly the cathartic session we all need right now.