Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Fans of Jackass will be pleased to see the return of Johnny Knoxville's calamitous shock comedy in this spin that follows a lewd octogenarian Irving (Johnny Knoxville) and grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll), as they take a disastrous road trip across America.
There is the usual toilet centric, raunchy and vulgar humour juxtaposed with civilian disapproval. One of the best stunts features the pair take over a child beauty pageant, almost identical to the signature scene from Little Miss Sunshine. Although the novelty of carrying out shameful stunts on unsuspecting members of the public may be wearing thin, the inclusion of scripted segments somewhat refreshes this formula. Knoxvilleâ€™s prosthetics are convincing enough to sanction the charming relationship between grandfather and grandson. Although wholly inappropriate, this unusual chemistry flourishes throughout, no doubt aided by Knoxville and Nicollâ€™s charisma. Indeed although foul-mouthed Billy is a deplorable product of bad parenting, undeniably Nicoll is thoroughly convincing and a confident young actor.
Bad Grandpa is worth seeing if not for the bizarrely touching relationship between Billy and Irving, then for the hilarity of absurd red neck America.
Screenings of this film:
|2013/2014 Spring Term – (digital)|