Get ready for laughter, crazy antics and an insane road trip with Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. This new comedy film will take audiences on an insane hidden camera road trip that features Irving Zisman (palyed by Johnny Knoxville) and his unlikely companion, his 8 year old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll). The two will go on an unlikely adventure that will introduce the young boy to a whole new meaning of childrearing. Get ready for Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa!
“Bad Grandpa Delivers Comedic Antics to Audiences
Beware the curse of the sketch character spinoff! For every The Blues Brothers there’s a thousand shattered dreams: failed gambles that a character that works in sketches has the potential to carry a feature length film. A bad comedy is the most painful of bad films and with a genuine stinker under their belt a hitherto wildly popular comedy character can become irrevocably tainted with failure.
Worryingly, Bad Grandpa (or to give it its full title Jackass presents: Bad Grandpa) fits squarely within this genre. I’m vaguely familiar with the Jackass series, sort of remembering this character from the shows I’ve seen on TV. The gag is that Johnny Knoxville in old man make-up gets himself into scrapes you wouldn’t expect an old man find himself in. As far as sketches go it’s a decent idea; people’s reactions to seeing an old man in Jackass extreme situations adds a small yet sigificant twist to the format. Also, most importantly, Johnny Knoxville does a brilliant caricature of a grumpy, slightly confused old man struggling to retain his dignity in a world that keeps kicking him in the crotch (often literally).
He’s funny. But 90 minutes of him? Thankfully, Bad Grandpa delivers. A combination of genuinely imaginative set pieces, tight editing, well-selected footage and a smattering of luck in getting some great reactions adds up a film that manages to cross the finish line without ever becoming boring. Ten minutes more would probably have killed it but thankfully Tremaine instinctively knows when enough is enough.
Bad Grandpa has a mere whisper of a plot, the bare minimum needed to keep the characters moving. We open with the titular grandpa, Irvine Zisman, receiving the news that his wife has died. To the confusion and slight horror of the unsuspecting woman sitting next to him he reacts with open glee, declaring his intentions to sex up everything with a double X chromosome. But before he can get down to work he has his 8 year grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll) foisted on him. Wanting to be rid of him as soon as possible, he quickly makes arrangements to hand him to his hideously scummy criminal father. And so we’re on a road trip across the country with endless scrapes and japes along the way and maybe, just maybe, the two will learn the real value of teamwork, friendship and family.
It’s barebones, but a more complex plot would be a distraction. There’s close to zero emotional heft, but as a well oiled gag delivery system this setup more than succeeds. Even so, we’re on shaky ground to start; audiences are rightly suspicious of a feature length spinoff and to add insult to injury we now have a ‘cute’ kid character to bounce off.”
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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa is directed by Jeff Tremaine and is set to be released on October 25th 2013.
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