Johnny Knoxville and the Jackass crew take a leaf out of Sasha Baron Cohen’s playbook with the crude, vulgar and ultimately hilarious Bad Grandpa. Check out the Bad Grandpa review after the jump.
Knockville and co have created a career out of doing crazy and often sick stunts in public, for Bad Grandpa though, the Jackass star dons prosthetics to turn himself into an 86 year old man so he can fool the public with some hilarious japes.
Irving Zisman (Knoxville) is having a rough time. His wife dies and then he is left with his grandson when his daughter is sent to jail on drug offences. Not wanting to take care of an eight-year old boy, Irving decides to take him on a cross country trip so he can leave him with his biological father, who is also a down-and-out foul-mouthed pothead.
This is where the fun starts.
Sasha Baron Cohen made us hurt with laughter when he brought his characters Borat and Bruno to the big screen; fooling the unsuspecting public into believing he was someone he wasn’t and making them participate in bizarre situations. Knoxville does the same here.
If he isn’t getting drunk in a bar and dancing in his underpants (with his old man testicles hanging out) he is at the bingo, drinking dabber pens and making margheritas with a blender he has took with him. All of the time though, Irving is trying to find a woman to have sex with him, showing the public that after nearly ninety years on the planet, he still has his libido.
The story is co-wrote by Spike Jonze, so it is no surprise that the film is strange and often brilliant. Knoxville does a great job as the randy old man, and huge props needs to go to 8-year old Billy (Jackson Nicoll) who is a natural throughout.
If you don’t like crude references you may want to give this a miss, but for everyone else, you will be in for ninety minutes of fun, where you will find yourself crying with laughter.