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Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa

Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa
Starring:
Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll and Spike Jonze


Rated: R for strong crude and sexual content throughout, language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: October 25, 2013 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation

What won't broaden the 'Jackass' fan base after their reunion '3D' picture three years ago is the subversively crude Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. It gives Johnny Knoxville a chance to 'broaden' one of the series characters, 86-year-old Irving Zisman (maybe what Bill Murray could look like in another couple of decades) under the direction of Jeff Tremaine (a co-writer, along with Knoxville and Spike Jonze - who directs the upcoming Her starring Joaquin Phoenix).

Tremaine appears comfortable in this randy domain as Zisman gets a new lease on life after the loss of his wife as a torrent of slapstick once stunt-driven for Knoxville and his cohorts like Steve-O and the late Ryan Dunn now is sketched into road picture pastiche.

Through his sweetly enlightening experience with dysfunctional 8-year-old Billy (Jackson Nicoll of Fun Size) Irving gets to explore his inner 'libidinous' child in an attempt to reach the former's estranged dad. His addled mom has just been locked up, you see.

Those into Sacha Baron Cohen forays like Borat and Bruno will like in particular a strip club sequence and Nicoll seems to be okay doing a little dress-up at a beauty pageant. Even with its probably much whittled-down run-time Bad Grandpa may be an extended stay into its own risible anarchic generational bonding. One that stokes and prods (of course, scatological slanted in once case which could get a rise out of Ben Stiller) with gusto to give the always game Knoxville the candid camera outlet he (and his ardent supporters) continually need.

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