It was 2002, and the first Jackass movie just premiered in theaters. I convinced my eldest sister to take me. She barely spoke English, and she wasn’t watching MTV. She’d have no idea what was in store for us. She agreed, and I thought myself a mastermind.
We made our way to the theater and found seats amongst a packed and rowdy crowd. For the next hour and twenty minutes, I was laughing and yelling in pure joy. I could look over and see that my sister was too. She loved what she saw, and it hardly mattered that she didn’t understand half the things they were saying. It goes beyond saying that the comedy in Jackass transcends language barriers. People love watching other people hurting themselves for entertainment. We went home with huge smiles on our faces and a vow never to tell our parents what she just let me watch. Did I forget to mention I was only 10?
Twenty years later, I’m going to see Jackass Forever. I’m not exactly sure what to expect with this movie; COVID has affected filming, Bam Magera got kicked out, and he’s trying to sue. We have six new members too. There are a lot of things that could explain why it wouldn’t work. I was ready for whatever this movie had in store for me.
Well, Jackass Forever is fucking awesome. Jackass Forever took me right back to the feelings I felt when I was ten; it reminded me that no matter how mature I think I am, I’m actually still immature, and I still find dick jokes hilarious. Some of their best pranks ever are in this movie, with my favorite being the Silence of The Lambs skit, which forces Dave England and Danger Ehrhen along with newcomers, Sean ‘Poopies’ McInerney (Yes Really) and Zack “Zackass” Holmes inside a pitch-black room where they believe a venomous snake had just escaped. It’s hard not to laugh when Chris Pontius is doing his own version of Buffalo Bill’s Goodbye Horses dance while the victims are screaming in panic. Meanwhile, Johnny is tazing and torturing his friends while donning night-vision goggles.
The original cast did not skip a beat, proving that age is truly just a number, and these were some of the toughest guys in the world. Johnny Knoxville proves time and time again why he’s the de facto leader of the gang, taking on some of the toughest stunts. He’s 51 years old, and he’s in a bullring ready to be taken out by a massive beast in even less protective gear than the first time he tried the stunt. He’s trying to do magic tricks, for fuck’s sake. Unfortunately, He gets hospitalized, and his first comment when he’s out is disappointment that he didn’t get his magic trick right. “Danger” Ehren McGhehey has always stood just right out of the limelight compared to Johnny, Steve-O, and Bam but proves just how important he is to the series with some of his craziest stunts ever. Testing out a protective cup by taking nut shots from the strongest punching UFC Heavyweight champ, Francis Ngannou. He truly is the MVP of the fourth film.
We also need to shout out the new cast, which consists of Jasper Dolphin, of Odd Future fame, Zach ‘Zackass’ Holmes, Sean ‘Poopies’ McInerney, Eric Manaka, and the first female member of the team, Rachel Wolfson. Each one of them instantly proved their mettle and really fit with the team. In a way, Jackass Forever seems like they may be passing the torch, and with a solid squad ready to take hits as hard as these new guys do, I know the future for Jackass will be great. I only hope to see more of them and their scenes in Jackass 4.5, which is set to release on Netflix,
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