Not them again.
Director: Jeff Tremaine
Runtime: 94 minutes
Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn, et al…
Plot (taken from IMDb): Johnny Knoxville and company return for the third instalment of their TV show spin-off, where dangerous stunts and explicit public displays rule.
Jackass 3D does exactly what it says on the tin, this is Jackass, but in 3D. It contains the usual mixture of stupid stunts, disgusting stuff and arsing about. The downside of the Jackass movies compared to the TV show is that the runtime is stretched – 94 minutes is too much compared to 20.
However, the plus side compared to the TV show is the large budget; there are some pretty grandiose sketches in here but quality-wise, fans and haters of the series know what they’re getting by now. My issue with Jackass is not that I dislike it; I just can’t find any enthusiasm for it as for every funny sketch there is a boring one – it’s the Family Guy approach of comedy, throw so much at the wall, some of it will stick, and the majority however, will not stick.
There is enough in this film to fill a stupid evening, but to be honest the use of 3D in the film ultimately boils down to lots of slow-motion shots of people being punched, which while funny at first, by the tenth time you’re pretty bored of ‘em. Indeed, Jackass 3D is very 3D conscious, most sketches are built around the use of the medium and it gets trying (especially if you’re watching it in 2D, as I did).
There are more sketches that don’t hit than those that do and to be honest around 99% of the sketches that hit do not stick with you (maybe one or two will) – and I know the filmmaker’s couldn’t care less as they were having fun making it; and getting paid to beat each other up.
Jackass 3D is a tricky film, it wants to be stupid fun, but it drags on, it wants to use 3D, but it tries too hard with it. Ultimately however, I feel the main issue with Jackass 3D is that it just isn’t that funny – but it will be to lots of teenagers – stick to the TV show I would.
Jackass 3D is not my kind of film – I just find it boring despite its zaniness; It’s too long and the quality just isn’t there. However, if you are in a particularly stupid mood, this provides just enough throwaway entertainment although there are countless better alternatives.