(director: Jeff Tremaine; screenwriters: concepts by Jason ‘Wee Man’ Acuna/Eric Andre/Derrick Beckles; cinematographer: Dimitry Elyashkevich; editors: Sascha Stanton Craven/Matthew Kosinski/ Matthew Probst ; music: Dimitry Elyashkevich; cast: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontiu, Danger Ehren, Dave England, Eric Manaka, Zach Holmes, Davon Wilson; Runtime: 96; MPAA Rating: R; producers; Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville: Paramount Pictures; 2022)

“The kind of film that wants you to laugh when a guy gets hit in the nuts.”

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

A bad taste comedy stunt show of pointless humor and stupidity. The kind of film that wants you to laugh when a guy gets hit in the nuts. One stunt has Steve-O tie a cage with a queen bee to his genitals and thereby gets stung a number of times. Besides the new gags some old ones are revived, such as getting shot out of a cannon, drinking dairy products until you puke, and fighting a bull. It makes being gross a low art form, and gives us a really crazy film we rarely ever see–which is my reason for endorsing such raunchy stuff.

This is its fourth film following Jackass 3D in 2010, that comes twenty years after the original film was released in theaters by Paramount Pictures and MTV Films, and was seen on TV in a series. It had many spin-offs and lawsuits.
It is what it is, as directed by Jeff Tremaine(“The Dirt”/”Bad Grandpa”), who makes a case for warped humor that would qualify everyone associated with the film to be certified as a jackass. If you liked its other films, you will probably like this one. Even though the boys are now middle-aged, they’re still up for their old gags (the question is whether you are). The jokers have included younger generation actors (Eric Manaka, Zach Holmes, Davon Wilson) to appeal to newer fans and do the more dangerous stunts. The Jackass ringleader, Johnny Knoxville, 50, said that this will be his final film — he received a brain hemorrhage from getting flipped upside-down by a bull during filming in another film.

Clockwise from left: Johnny Knoxville, Rachel Wolfson,
      Steve-O and Sean McInerney in “Jackass Forever.”