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PCR # 339  (Vol. 7, No. 38)  This edition is for the week of September 18--24, 2006.

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Movie Review
"Jackass: Number Two"

Movie review by:
Michael A. Smith
Two and a half stars

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Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius and Ryan Dunn
Directed by: Jeff Tremaine
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

I'll bet when you were growing up there were two very different, but similar, people in your neighborhood. One would always yell, "Hey, guys, watch me!" as he attempted some dumb stunt or another. The other would devise some dumb stunt or another and then issue the "I'll bet you can't do that" challenge. Like the cast of the original MTV series, "Jackass: Number Two" is full of both of these guys...in spades.

Basically, 90 minutes of guys being guys, the film takes the art of being stupid to a new high (or low, depending on your mood). With Knoxville leading the way, the group ride a homemade rocket, hide an anaconda or two inside the ball filled play area at a local kiddie gathering place and go shark fishing...using Steve-O as the bait, complete with a hook through his cheek. While the majority of the stunts are fun to watch, it is the simple gags that really come across as funny. Riding a fire hose, running with the bulls or filling Margera's parents house with snow so the group can "ski" down the stairs, these are great to watch because, to be quite honest, this is stuff that most of us could possibly get away with doing without inflicting too much damage on ourselves or our surroundings. But standing in front of a Claymore mine filled with hundreds of rubber balls, or "feeding" a snake with body parts disguised as a "mouse," these are things that just make us cringe, even though you can't turn away. Some of the best scenes involve director Spike Jonze prosthetically made up to look like an old woman whose housecoat has a habit of opening up at the worse times. Watching the unsuspecting public react, whether it's with horror or just as if a naked old woman is nothing new to them, the film earns genuine laughs. Guest appearances by John Waters, Luke Wilson and Broken Lizard member Jay Chandrasekhar give the film some of it's best parts. And God bless April and Phil Margera, who have been terrorized by their son and his friends for years and still have a sense of humor.

I should caution that some of the gags do go way beyond the boundaries of good taste. Even fans of the series and the first film should be cautious before buying a ticket. That being said, the film does elicit some genuine laughs, and that is what a comedy should do.

On a scale of zero to four stars, I give "Jackass: Number Two"  Two and a half stars

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