Reviewing the Reviews: 'Jackass Number Two'

91842__jack_lStop the presses! Critics across the nation like Jackass Number Two. They really, really like it. Or at least they don’t hate the 95 minutes of masochistic, tasteless pranks performed by Johnny Knoxville, Chris Pontius (pictured), and pals that hits theaters today. If this information comes as a surprise you, then read on. There’s some critical comparisons here that’ll raise more eyebrows than a beer enema. Or, um, maybe not. Anyhow, be sure to let your fellow PopWatchers know what you thought of Jackass Number Two if you happen to catch it this weekend.

Jake Coyle, Chicago Sun-Times: ‘Jackass Number Two might have more in common with film history than it would appear. In one scene, Steve-O attaches a leech to his eyeball, a fitting bookend to Luis Bunuel’s eyeball cutting in 1929’s Un Chien Andalou.”

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: ”The only person in the history of movies as devoted to subverting bodily norms is David Cronenberg. And not even he’s come up with a character who can receive a beer enema with such glee.”

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: ”Watching Jackass, Joseph Campbell would probably think of the Acapulco cliff divers who have plunged 130 feet into the Pacific for centuries, or the young Masai warriors who mark passage into adulthood by killing a lion.”

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Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter: ”Whether or not it goes down in cinema history as The Godfather Part 2 of self-mutilation documentaries, Jackass Number Two– aptly named given an even greater obsession with bodily fluids –ensures that the screams of laughter come fast and furious in this fratboy’s fever dream of a circus sideshow.”

Christopher Borrelli, Toledo Blade: ”Is it art? Of course, now I can hear you shouting at this newspaper: ‘Who cares about art? It’s called Jackass: Number Two.’ To which I reply: The Jackass folks think it’s art. And maybe it is, a kind of masochistic performance art teetering on the verge of becoming a snuff film.”

John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press: ”Scholarly dissertations may someday be written about the movie’s playful blend of scatology and homoeroticism.”

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: ”The second craziest jackass fool might be skateboarder Bam Margera,who willingly (sort of) submits to having the image of a penis burnedonto his buttocks with a red-hot branding iron. You might struggle tokeep your popcorn down when he pulls down his jeans later to show howbadly the wound has festered.”*

[*No, there’s not a wacky-scholarly reference buried in this quote,but Slezak didn’t want to be the only one with that image branded onhis brain.]

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  • Ep Sato

    I tried to get into a free screening for this movie earlier this week, but so many folks showed up they turned folks away at the door. Usually these screenings are so empty that folks who show up a half hour after the movie starts usually get in. Clearly, Jackass has gone from “guilty pleasure” to genuine phenom. I guess football in the groin jokes are still funny…

  • Aron

    Ive always been a fan of the show. Danger Ehren is awsome! I hope it does pretty well to maybe, even slightly, give a chance of a third years from now. I know there prolly wont be another, but I can always wish.

  • Dave

    “…playful blend of scatology and homoeroticism”

  • Phil

    I went to the Jackass premiere here in Philly when the first one came out a few years ago, along with local stars, April & Phil Margera, and I was genuinely surprised to see how not only packed it was, but how the people cheered & laughed at all the ridiculousness they were watching. Not sure if I can actually fathom paying to see Number 2 this weekend, but I heard the film was really crazy-ass funny. Is Don Vito doing press for the movie in Colorado?? haha

  • Cynic

    The Arab Terrorist Cab ride bit, and it’s priceless setup, are worth the admission price alone. Don’t tell me that’s not art.
    Note: BYO Barf Bag.

  • Chuck_A

    I’m not sure if it would hurt more performing some of their “stunts” or having to watch this movie. Either way, it would be a dreadful experience.

  • Justafan

    Steve-o is a flasher waiting to happen on “Most wanted.”

  • Zane

    I went and saw it and it was great. You have to see it! Better then the first but they are both great

  • June

    I love this!!! it’s one of those movies that can’t be over analyzed. i luv knoxville!!! I’m really hoping for a number 3!

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