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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa


Year: 2013 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: Unknown 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Jeff Tremaine 
Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll, Greg Harris  

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. Knoxville’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 Nicoll’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.

Helena Skinner

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Screenings of this film:

2013/2014 Spring Term (digital)