What is it about a bunch of idiots filming themselves getting horrifically hurt in the most squeamish of ways that appeals to a certain group of fans? In this effort that brings the gang back together, Jackass Forever proves the absolute worst sadism that humans could ever stoop down to, where death is laughed at and life is laughed at even harder.
Director Jeff Tremaine has been with the Jackass franchise since the beginning, and his directing skills haven’t improved one bit, because he’s never taken this thing seriously. The unnecessary opening sequence stars “Pontiusaurus Rex,” a puppet made from an actual guy’s penis and testicles, terrorizing a town made out of a miniature set. From there, the first of the countless stunt is a “human ramp,” which surprisingly is the tamest of all of them, and the most entertaining. It’s the right one to start on to give you an idea of whether or not you have the stomach to sit through the rest of this. Well, besides the phallic dinosaur in the opening credits, now you got the idea of what the actual movie will be about.
This entire movie is so gross nonstop and knows what it wants to be, so if you’ve been a fan of Jackass since day one, this will deliver everything you’re hoping for, plus more you’d never expect. In fact, watching this could very well make you feel a little tougher at the end, considering you could stomach the insanity. As for myself, however, there were many times I needed to look away and even was borderline about to vomit more than once. With that said, I’m surprised this movie didn’t get an NC-17 rating, considering it goes as far as showing a guy getting his penis flattened into a clear plastic vice and turned into a paddleball, only for another to join in with him and make a ping pong table with their dual vices.
Somehow there’s only one serious injury shown, and it’s not documented well enough to leave an impression; yet really, these idiots should have died many times or at least suffered a lot more serious injuries. (I suspect a lot of the darker behind-the-scenes content was left on the cutting room floor.) All the tasteless content without any of the serious stuff in between is included, such as the shirtless fat guy jumping right into cacti with no protection. That just feels like a form of body shaming: more flesh on his body, more surface area to get badly cut. This same guy also becomes a human surfboard, and everyone on set was okay with essentially bullying this poor guy? Not even he felt a little embarrassed by this setup? That’s not the worst of it: there’s a person here with dwarfism who has the stage name, “Wee Man,” which sounds like a stage name you’d hear from the 19th century, not the 21st century. It’s like these guys are emasculating themselves for the heck of it; that’s not comedy, that’s just sad.
Their efforts are not only offensive toward people, but animals as well. Such animals victimized for the sake of entertainment include a tarantula, a scorpion, a vulture, a bull, a bear, two snakes, a bunch of bees, and lots of pig semen. Even if the end credits insist that no animals were harmed in the making of this film, what they force the animals to do against their will is uncomfortably similar to practices done by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
What makes it worse is that these guys all have apparently the same personality; more should have been included to make them distinct, and more importantly, human, such as placing in interviews the way more traditional documentaries do, you know, so we could get to know the minds behind these indestructible bodies. Though I don’t think the camera crew would have had the skill to even stage that well; this movie had three cinematographers, and likewise, there seem to be three different filming styles going on at once: one where it’s all handheld, one where it’s all stationary, and one where it’s all POV shots likely filmed on a GoPro. There are also some specks of dust seen on one of those lenses. If the camera and editing crew did anything right, it would be the inclusion of slow-motion in action replays, which makes it feel more like a sports TV show where there’s a prize for the competitors.
As for the stunts themselves, however, hardly any of them are well executed. There’s one where a naked man has a queen bee put on his penis, and all the other bees in the nest gather there. Do these idiots just not care about anything? It’s like they’re trying to get themselves killed, or at least give their doctors a real bad time. In another instance, these guys in a two-person horse costume go down a water slide, and it was so horrendously handled that the costume became completely worthless- it tore apart the instant their feet touched the slide. Then a guy’s scrotum is put into a little dollhouse set to look like a punching bag, and it’s punched like one. This setup doesn’t work because his particular scrotum does not look like a punching bag.
Now to be fair, you could tell that these guys are having lots of fun, it doesn’t seem like it was staged too heavily, because they all have such genuine reactions to the danger they signed themselves up to partake in. They also seem like such a closely-knit community of longtime friends; well, they BETTER be closely-knit if they have no issue with seeing one another completely naked. Except there’s no structure nor reason for the ordering of these stunts, not to mention there are no funny parts whatsoever, you won’t even smile. Then it just suddenly ends, and with a stunt that could have been placed literally anywhere in the long montage.
But at least there are “do not attempt” warnings at both the very start and the very end. I do wonder now how these guys were able to train their bodies’ endurance enough to come out without a single broken bone or lost testicle. Heck, they even get bit by venomous animals, and are still alive after all of it! How do they do it? They honestly do deserve quite a bit of respect with their fearlessness and ability to build up endurance. They must have bones made of steel and flesh made of padding! But even so, they never draw the line anywhere, which despite the disclaimers could make some viewers believe they can get away with imitating these deadly stunts.
So if you ever took a glance at anything from this idiotic series, then that’s probably the closest glance you’ll ever get into Hell, since all these guys likely got close to it as they were putting their lives at risk for the sake of making money. So please do the world a favor, stay far away from Jackass Forever, and most important of all, DO NOT ATTEMPT.
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