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Jackass Number 2

When is the last time a movie made you beg for mercy? 

Year: 2006 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC 18 Cert – Not suitable for under 18s 
Subtitles: The level of subtitling in this film is unknown to WSC 
Directed by Unknown 
Starring: Unknown  
An image from Jackass Number 2

Director: Jeff Tremaine

Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius

By now we all know the script. A group of ‘grown’ men find increasingly insane, grotesque, or downright ludicrous stunts to pull off – or not, as the case often is – whilst we watch, apprehensively biting on one fist and compulsively slapping a thigh with the other. Led by the ever-charismatic Johnny Knoxville, the Jackass boys had already perfected the formula on MTV before their big screen debut in 2003. They now return, fuelled by a bigger budget and a creativity that knows no bounds when it comes to mixing self-harm with hilarity, to serve up another volley of rambunctious cinematic fun.

This time around we have the fart-mask and a man strapped to a fireman’s hose. We have bum-branding. We have an attempt to recreate Evil Knevil’s rocket launch over the Grand Canyon…In a wheelchair. We even have a snake teased into attack by a man’s member dressed-up as a mouse. And just to remind us that they know this is cinema and not TV, we have two bookends to the mayhem; it all begins with a bull run that mimics the pyrotechnics of the first film’s trolley run, and then ends with a wonderfully unexpected homage to 1930’s Busby Berkeley musicals.

But what really makes Jackass Number Two so watchable is not the ever-crazier stunts Knoxville and Co. are willing to attempt. Rather it’s the banter that accompanies these gonzo-style movies; banter that reminds us just how much fun the Jackass lads have doing them. In the end it is this that gives the film a strange kind of charm, and makes us desperate for more of the same. The boys, it seems, are very definitely back.

Jonathon Cooper

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Screenings of this film:

2006/2007 Spring Term (35mm)