Dir. by Jeff Tremaine - 1 hr. 34 min.
by Clayton Hollifield
Sometimes, familiarity isn't such a bad thing. There's the whole gang here again, and even though Jackass never concerns itself with things like plot or character development, by now we all know the personalities involved. You know Bam hates snakes, you know Johnny Knoxville is going to get chased by a large animal that belongs on a dinner plate. And probably the best thing about this movie is that Steve-O seems to be coherent and mentally present, which makes his stunts come off a lot better. Honestly, it's a lot funnier to see him dread doing something that he knows is a really bad idea and still going through with it than it is to just see him one-upping himself without that same awareness.
And while the stunts were generally on par with previous installments of the franchise, none of them ever elevated above simple stunts and pratfalls. What made the first two almost defensible was the first segment of the first movie and the last of the second - the rental car demolition derby and the fake terrorist plot. Those were longer pieces of anarchic filmmaking, layered and interesting. Despite the low-brow nature of Jackass, it showed signs of some intellect (and storytelling ability - knowing that Knoxville was going to have to return the rental car in person made every ding and dent from the demolition derby an exercise in building tension), and made the first two movies more than just a highlight reel of people falling down. There's nothing of that sort in the third, which was a disappointment. Even though I enjoyed this movie, I can't imagine sitting down and re-watching this one like I have with the first two.
2.5 / 5 - Theatre (standard, not 3D)