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Film Review: Jackass Forever

15:00 February 15, 2022

The Jackass films are pretty simple to review—either you laugh and/or wince at the juvenile stunts and depravity spilling across the screen, or you are just completely turned off by it all. As for me, I laughed myself silly at Jackass Forever.

This is the fourth main Jackass movie, and possibly the last for series star Johnny Knoxville, who stated in a May 2021 GQ interview, "You can only take so many chances before something irreversible happens." This pop culture staple of a group of guys performing and documenting ridiculous stunts and pranks began as a series on MTV in 2000, then graduated to an R-rated feature film in 2002. The movie was a hit, so sequels followed.

Stunts/experiments in Jackass Forever include the protection and durability of an athletic cup worn by cast member Ehren McGhehey, as well as Steve-O being the volunteer for lighting a fart underwater.

It's all in fun, but I was a bit irked at the bits involving animals. Sometimes the creatures used in the gags appeared to be in danger of being accidentally harmed. That's not cool. In fact, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is asking for a criminal investigation into the film. That may be a little extreme, though.

But look, I laughed at most of the shenanigans in Jackass Forever, and you probably will too. Be warned, however, this movie is a parade of close-ups of hairy testicles.

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