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Jackass Number 2


Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-0, Chris Pontius

Director: Jeff Tremaine

If you’re desperate to get in touch with your inner idiot, then maybe these further exploits of mad masochists mangling and mutilating themselves with sadistic glee might just be what you want – if what you want is watching a man tease a poisonous snake with his penis (with the expected painful result), dwarf-punching, close encounters of the stupid kind with a lobster and an enraged bull and a twit hoping to ride a giant rocket into the heavens.

Or perhaps someone with a live leech applied to his eyeball strikes you as good clean fun? Will you double up laughing as director Spike Jonze, made up as an eightysomething crone, wanders topless among the luckless public in a face-freezingly unfunny sequence which, amazingly, isn’t this sorry sequel’s most embarrassing moment? How about watching someone thread a huge fishhook through his cheek or enjoying attempts to electrocute the aforementioned person of reduced height with an electric stool?

Jackass Number 2 boldly goes where its predecessor went before with, were that possible, even less wit and sophistication. One jackass states (far too late) “It’s all downhill”, and I heartily agreed with another who claimed it’s “the %+*#%# stupidest thing I’ve ever seen”.

Alan Frank

USA 2006. UK Distributor: UIP. Colour.
92 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 18.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 3, Violence/Horror 3, Drugs 1, Swearing 3.

Review date: 15 Nov 2006