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Reel Review – Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)

Bad_Grandpa_1821827aDirector: Jeff Tremaine
Rated: R
Release Date: October 25th, 2013

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa is the latest addition to the Jackass franchise.  It is a comedy created by Jackass creators Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine and Spike Jonze, and is filmed with hidden cameras.  This film features typical Jackass  humor; lots of stunts, slapstick and gross humor.  Nothing has changed, and this time around there’s a story to go along with it, which features Knoxville’s grandpa character.

The story follows 86-year old Irving Zisman (Knoxville) whose daughter leaves her 8-year old son Billy (Jackson Nicoll) with him because she’s going to jail.  She tells him to take his grandson to North Carolina to deliver him to his father.  Along the way, the pair sets up countless pranks, stunts and goofs to citizens who don’t know they are being filmed.  From trying to pick up girls, to constantly crashing their car, to dressing Billy up as a girl to enter a beauty pageant, the shenanigans are well-crafted and hilarious.

Bad Grandpa is a solid comedy film.  Those who are fans of the Jackass series will appreciate this film, though people who may not be familiar with the franchise can find it just as enjoyable.  The humor is crude, vulgar and just what to expect from stunt movies featuring Knoxville.


Knoxville does a great job staying in character of his perverted, convincing Grandpa role, with make-up that has recently been nominated for an Academy Award, believe it or not.  Jackson Nicoll is equally funny, giving a great performance as a child actor just starting out.

While Bad Grandpa has its hilarious moments, some of the jokes also feel a bit forced, often worthy of eye-rolling.  But when all is said and done, the film hits home and is overall very funny.

Some of my favorite scenes included the beauty pageant, Irving playing bingo, and teaching Billy how to flirt with women on the streets.

Overall, Bad Granpa is probably one of the funniest comedies of 2013, and was a huge box office success, bringing in over $100 million domestically on a mere $15 million budget.  Definitely consider checking out this movie if you’re looking for a fun comedy that entertains while allowing you to shut your brain down and laugh for 95 minutes.  And remember; don’t try these stunts at home!

My Reel Rating – 6.6/10

Written by Josh Sazin on January 17th, 2014


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