Jackass: The Movie

Charlie Chaplin-via-Slayer; low-budget exploitation suspense on a skateboard; The French Connection made by morons; or, for Richard Roeper, the “feel-sick movie of the year.” Jackass feels just as delectably twisted and abhorrent today as it did in 2002 – a primal scream of pointless white-boy idiocy whose influence is felt in everything from Ali G to Odd Future to The Eric Andre Show. A long-player version of MTV’s hit TV show, Jackass follows Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Wee Man, Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn and company (partially assembled from affiliates of Big Brother magazine) as they dive into alligator-infested waters, crash golf carts, affix muscle stimulators to genitals; and defecate in public, amongst other hilarious, repellant, utterly enrapturing stunts. It’s also a time capsule, a document of The Wild Bunch of skateboarding riding the irrationally exuberant 1990′s straight to hell. Co-starring Rip Taylor, Mat Hoffman, Spike Jonze, Henry Rollins, and Tony Hawk.

Dir. Jeff Tremaine, 2002, 35mm, 87 min.