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The Rob Reviews “Bad Grandpa”


Was it actually a ‘bad’ grandpa?

For the first time in quite a while (since Insidious 2, actually) I was exited for a new movie that was in theaters.  This weekend I was able to see Jackass Presents – Bad Grandpa. 


While this is a movie from the Jackass crew, don’t expect the jaw-dropping stunt-fests that were their eponymous first 3 movies.  Bad Grandpa is far more comparable to one of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat or Bruno films…  And that’s not a bad thing.  Like those other movies, the movie takes a star-in-character and puts them in absurd situations with real people’s real reactions.  Then there are a few scripted scenes to create a story arc and transition between the candid segments.  This time, the star in question is Johnny Knoxville, portraying his not-yet-played-out Irving Zisman character, and the story arc involves him taking his grandson across the country so he can be with his father.


One look at the movie’s trailer and you know the movie is going to be REALLY funny.  It definitely is, in fact, it could possibly be the funniest movie I’ve seen this year.  The characters are insanely lovable and the more crass and mean they become, the closer the two become, and the more lovable and endearing they become.  The laughter is pretty much nonstop, nearly every line is intended to make you laugh.  While most jokes are successful, given the sheer number of them, some jokes will fall flat.  But you will laugh to the point of tears at multiple points throughout the candid comedy.


If I had to make a complaint, it would be that the trailers and commercials absolutely ruined most of the movie’s biggest scenes and laughs.  Like the previous Jackass movies and the Sacha Baron Cohen films I mentioned above, a certain approach, fun outlook, and a non-elitist sense of humor will be required to walk into the theater.  Expect plenty of jokes about feces, sex, and drugs…  But expect them to be funny.  If you can check your white collar at the door, the Jackass crew will give you one of the most-humorous experiences you’ve ever had in a movie theater.

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