Jackass Number Two : 3 of 5
It's hard to explain why anyone likes seeing guys getting hurt just to be funny, but whatever twisted reason we all come up with, I can't deny that I used to like watching the show on MTV. The first Jackass movie was just OK, because I think they went a little too far (because they could do just about anything they wanted in a movie), but it was still kind of fun. Jackass Number Two gets it just right, though! I wasn't even planning on seeing it (and I was surprised they even made it, since the popularity has died down so much), but the guys and I decided to take it in at the Alamo Drafthouse (a perfect environment for this movie), and I have to say that I laughed the entire time! The best thing about the movie is that this time they decided to do stunts that are just way off the scale for everyday people, which was much more interesting. No one is going to be able to build a giant rocket and strap themselves to it (just like Wile E. Coyote) and shoot themselves out into the middle of a lake, which makes it even more amazing to see Johnny Knoxville do it! There are definitely some super gross-out moments, but at least they are spaced apart well enough so we don't have to linger on them. It's also really cool that the opening and closing segments have some real studio production value, beyond the usual handheld video quality - no matter what you think of these guys, they really know how to make fun of themselves, right down to parodying their own silliness in a big Broadway style number. This is totally crazy-ass stuff, but I dare you watch the whole thing without laughing!