By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Paramount Pictures, MTV Films.
Jackass: Number Two
After Fred Topel reported that Jackass: Number Two was a comedic masterpiece I figured I could probably hold out until the DVD before watching this prankfest. Fortunately for me, the buzz following this film's opening weekend was too good and big to pass up. So, with only a small amount of motivation from friends, I stepped into theatres this weekend to witness something that couldn't have been more perfect.
Jackass: Number Two = Laughfest
I loved CKY2K, the skate video that later delivered most of the Jackass crew; save Knoxville and a couple new additions. I made it a point to catch the original Jackass series when it aired on MTV. Jackass: The Movie? Well, I saw it once on DVD and never had any real desire to see it again. To be honest, I can only remember a few of the stunts accomplished in that film.
And now we have Jackass: Number Two, a film that is so refreshingly funny that I can suggest it to almost every type of moviegoer out there. Now, those of you who have been keeping up with our updates on the film know that I was skeptical; especially on the shock-slash-homo factor. Fortunately for us, the Jackass crew learned many lessons from the first installment and have applied their new knowledge to create something that rises up to greatness.
What does it take to have audiences keeled over laughing the first fifteen minutes of the movie? Good editing. Unlike the first film, Jackass: Number Two cuts out all the bullshit from number one. Not a single stunt will waste your time by showing the preparation that went into it. Hell, half the stunts and pranks were shown so fast that they didn't even get a name; some of these may become your favorites.
Jeff Tremaine has delivered a film full of pranks the best way possible. Show the prank, make us laugh -- show a single replay, make us laugh -- move on to the next prank -- rinse and repeat. It is rare to find yourself not laughing for longer than a couple minutes. If you do, you may need to work on your sense of humor.
In a world currently filled with doubt and 'terror,' moviegoers are looking for a means of escape. As of right now, Jackass: Number Two is your best option.
Here is the best example I can give you on how funny this film is: Even before the credits got rolling or a single prank began, more than a few in the audience were already in hysterics. Now that I have seen the film I can understand why.