the worst of the three films so far, this one sees an aging cast of characters doing what they usually do, but with less gusto. you can practically hear their joints squeaking as they get up from their latest stunt. the stuff is still funny, but they don’t take it like they once did. they’re noticeably reticent during some pranks which aren’t any worse than the things they’ve done in the past. for the fan this is more of the same and will provide a good laugh along with plenty of gross out humor. there’s more of the gay innuendo and feces-play here than there has been in the past, but i guess that’s easier for them because it doesn’t hurt as much the next morning.
what surprises me about the jackass franchise is that they haven’t ushered in a new generation of guys along the way. it’s also surprising that there haven’t been any successful copycats in the ten years that they’ve been doing this. it’s a cash cow (the movies always make plenty of money back on their investment) and it’s a simple formula. it’s like the male version of porn – guys use their bodies to the delight of the viewing audience and get paid well in the process. why haven’t others caught on? none of the stunts are amazingly creative. sure, they’re creative and funny, but it’s not at all impossible to emulate.
the 3d aspect of it was fun. it’s the best use of 3d i’ve seen to date, including avatar or anything else that has received high marks. they use an ultra slow camera along with 3d in live action and with some well done and well thought out sequences at the beginning and end that are visually impressive. good use of the technology, unlike pretty much all the other movies that have used it just to make a few bucks more per ticket.Watched in theater