Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJeff Tremaine
Produced byJohnny Knoxville
Jeff Tremaine
Derek Freda
Spike Jonze
Screenplay byJeff Tremaine
Johnny Knoxville
Spike Jonze
Story byFax Bahr
Spike Jonze
Johnny Knoxville
Adam Small
Jeff Tremaine
StarringJohnny Knoxville
Jackson Nicoll
CinematographyLance Bangs
Dimitry Elyashkevich
StudioMTV Films
Dickhouse Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release dates
  • October 25, 2013 (2013-10-25)
Running time91 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$15 million[2]
Box office$145,925,000[2]
 
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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJeff Tremaine
Produced byJohnny Knoxville
Jeff Tremaine
Derek Freda
Spike Jonze
Screenplay byJeff Tremaine
Johnny Knoxville
Spike Jonze
Story byFax Bahr
Spike Jonze
Johnny Knoxville
Adam Small
Jeff Tremaine
StarringJohnny Knoxville
Jackson Nicoll
CinematographyLance Bangs
Dimitry Elyashkevich
StudioMTV Films
Dickhouse Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release dates
  • October 25, 2013 (2013-10-25)
Running time91 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$15 million[2]
Box office$145,925,000[2]

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa is a 2013 American hidden camera comedy film directed by Jeff Tremaine and written by Tremaine, Spike Jonze and Johnny Knoxville. It is the fourth installment in the Jackass film series.[3] The film stars Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll.[4] It was produced by MTV Films and Dickhouse Productions and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film was released on October 25, 2013.[5] Bad Grandpa has a loose plot that connects the stunts and pranks together as opposed to the three original Jackass films which had no plot.

The film is nominated for the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the 86th Academy Awards, becoming the first installment in the Jackass film series to be nominated for an Oscar.[6]

Plot[edit]

The wife of 86-year-old Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville), Ellie (Catherine Keener), has passed away. At the funeral, his daughter Kimmie (Georgina Cates) shows up with Irving's 8 year-old grandson, Billy (Jackson Nicoll), and Kimmie pulls Irving out to talk to him. Kimmie explains that she is going back to jail for violating her parole, and orders Irving to take Billy to his father until she's released. Irving reluctantly agrees and they re-enter the funeral parlor. Kimmie begins to steal a pearl necklace from Ellie's casket, but Irving goes to stop her. Their struggle ends up pushing Irving into the casket, knocking Ellie's corpse onto the floor to the horror of everyone in attendance.

Irving takes Billy to a restaurant to meet with a counselor while they contact Billy's father Chuck (Greg Harris) to inform him of the circumstances. Chuck refuses to take Billy as he cannot afford it. Chuck changes his mind when his girlfriend reminds him that he can get child support, so he instructs Irving to drive Billy to his town of Raleigh, North Carolina by Sunday. Before they leave, Irving sells Ellie's belongings and calls two removal men to help take the bed out. Instead, Irving asks them to carry Ellie's body to his car since he felt that she needs to be taken south to be buried properly.

While on the road, Irving and Billy stop at a market where a woman is selling food. He tries to hit on her while Billy goes on a children's ride which is malfunctioned. Irving tests the ride out, but gets shot through the window as the ride springs off its base, startling everybody else. Irving puts Billy into a box and asks two post office workers to send it to North Carolina, but Billy keeps moving and speaking inside, to the workers' shock. Before getting into more trouble, Irving takes Billy back on the road.

Once off the road, Irving leaves Billy in the car as he goes to play Bingo. He drinks the ink from the markers before pulling out a margarita maker and blender. Irving then proceeds to hit on the women there, making them laugh or repulsing them. Meanwhile, Billy walks around town and asks a man to tie his shoe. He tries to coax the man into adopting him.

The two stop in a supermarket when Billy gets hungry again. Irving takes food out of its packaging and makes Billy and himself sandwiches, which is seen by the employees. A woman comes out to chastise Irving for eating without paying and criticize him for influencing Billy. Still, Irving gets Billy to smuggle some items and run from the manager, who yells at Irving even as he flirts with her.

The two stop at a motel for the day. They pull Ellie's corpse out of the trunk since Irving thinks it would be disrespectful to leave it in the car, all while a man watches them in disbelief. Irving then asks the man if he knows where there is a strip club around here so he can seduce a black woman. The man points him out to one and he leaves Billy in the room.

Irving goes into a club during ladies' night which features male dancers. He tells one of the dancers that he plans on waiting until the women are so aroused by the dancers for him to swoop in and make his move. As he talks to a group of women, Irving sees a male dancer and jumps on the dance floor and pulls down his trousers. Everybody runs away while laughing in surprise and disgust. At the same time, Billy leaves the motel room to find Irving. He goes to another strip club and then to an adult book store. The book store employee offers to watch him while they find his grandpa, and Billy tells her that she looks like a stripper, naming her Cinnamon. Irving eventually comes back home before they have to hit the road again.

As they near North Carolina, Irving tries to use Billy as bait to find a woman to hook up with. The women they speak to find Billy adorable, but they all turn Irving down. They drive to a diner where Irving drives into a large penguin statue, arguing with one of the employees about fixing it. In the diner, Billy asks why he has to stay with his dad when he doesn't like him very much. Irving insists that he has to go with him and then he farts. They get into a gassy contest, which ends when Irving pushes too hard and defecates against a wall. They proceed to leave and later play some basketball while Billy asks Irving if he can take him fishing.

On another misadventure, Billy gets hungry yet again and Irving takes him to a church where a wedding reception is taking place. During a group photo, Irving swipes a glass of champagne, causing the tower of glasses to collapse, and he ends up falling on top of the table, spilling the cake on the floor. Billy seizes the opportunity to eat the cake.

The two arrive at Raleigh and meet Chuck at a pub. Chuck is talking to a member of the Guardians of Children, a biker gang who help abused children. Chuck explains that Billy will allow him to get child support just as Irving and Billy walk in the door. Irving asks Chuck to make sure that Billy is taken care of, though he rudely responds to Irving that he will get the job done. Irving bids Billy farewell as one of the gang members watches on. Irving leaves tearfully, and is consulted by the gang member who assures him that Billy will be cared for. Irving drives away and starts to miss Billy and reminisces about their trip. He turns the car around to get Billy back.

Meanwhile, Chuck is showing off his bad parenting by denying Billy any food. Irving calls Billy to him, but Chuck prepares to fight the old man. The GOC members pull the two away from each other and allow Irving to leave with Billy while they hold Chuck off and warn him there will be trouble if he acts threateningly. Irving thanks the bikers for their help, and they drive off, but not before accidentally hitting and tipping over a row of motorcycles.

To celebrate their reunion, Irving and Billy crash a child beauty pageant after spotting an advertisement on their trip. Billy dresses up as a girl and charms most of the judges, though one participant and her mother note how unusual it is for a grand parent to take her. Billy dresses up as a sailor girl to "My Bonnie" plays. It appears cute until he rips off the outfit to reveal himself wearing women's underwear and then put on a risqué dance to "Cherry Pie", while Irving throws bank notes at Billy. Billy's wig falls off and the two run out.

Irving drives up to a bridge where he and Billy throw Ellie's body into the river. After promising Billy time off from school the two go fishing, as Billy wanted.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In March 2012, Knoxville discussed the possibility of a fourth Jackass movie, saying "we're keeping our mind open" and "I've got 50–60 ideas on top of all the stuff we didn't get to shoot."[8] Then in June 2012, it was reported Paramount "registered several domains for a film that would be called Jackass 4: Bad Grandpa."[9] During Margera's September 18, 2012 interview on The Howard Stern Show about Jackass he said: "There's going to be a whole movie about Knoxville's grandpa character."[10] The film was officially announced on July 17, 2013, and was released on October 25, 2013.[11] Knoxville revealed he and director Jeff Tremaine had been approached on making a film featuring the Irving Zisman character, but held off as they did not feel a plot consisting of pranking the public would be able to carry an entire film.[12] Eventually, Tremaine and Knoxville came up with a story to structure the pranks around.[12]

Much of Bad Grandpa was filmed in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, as well as North Carolina.[13] The first scene shot featured Irving enraging golfers on a Columbus course, where he was working as a groundskeeper. "At that point all of my hesitancy just washed away," Knoxville said. "We got so much funny stuff that we knew we had something special."[12] The Irving Zisman makeup took three hours to apply to Knoxville.[12] Five hours were needed for scenes requiring Knoxville to remove his shirt.[12] Jackson Nicoll was cast as Billy, Irving Zisman's grandson. Knoxville cast Nicoll after working with him on the 2012 film Fun Size.[12] "Jackson would just follow me on the set and verbally assault me while hitting me in the zipper," Knoxville said. "I was just shaking my head thinking that this kid is a piece of work. He's unbelievable. I think he was sent from heaven."[12]

Release[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa has received mixed to positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 61% approval rating with an average rating of 5.5/10 based on 102 reviews.[14] The site's consensus reads: "Never quite as funny as it wants to be, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa still offers viewers the timeless pleasures of seeing an old man get his privates stuck in a vending machine."[14] Another review aggregator, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a score of 54 based on 29 reviews.[15]

Ashley Clark of Time Out gave the film two out of five stars, saying "In Bad Grandpa, there's no shock value: the physical comedy is down to a minimum, replaced by a creaking humour almost as dated as Zisman himself."[16] Scott Foundas Variety gave the film a positive review, saying "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa shows there's still comic life in this decade-old franchise - provided, of course, the sight of a senior citizen getting his penis caught in a vending machine is the kind of thing that brings a smile to your face."[17] Amy Nicholson of LA Weekly gave the film a C, saying "The joke is really on Knoxville, who, despite flinging himself through a glass wall and rigging up a fake poo-sprayer in his pants, gets fewer laughs than his boy sidekick."[18] Elizabeth Weitzman of New York Daily News gave the film a negative review, saying "Knoxville and the perfectly cast Nicoll have great chemistry throughout. But longtime "Jackass" director Jeff Tremaine consistently cuts away too quickly, undermining each joke in order to rush on to the next."[19] Michael O'Sullivan of The Washington Post gave the film two out of four stars, saying "Although we're allowed the perverse pleasure of watching Irving commit one inappropriate act after another, our sense of horror/delight dissipates after each one."[20]

Peter Keough of The Boston Globe gave the film three out of four stars, saying "Though at times it grows predictable and more inane than outrageous, Bad Grandpa gets more than its share of cheap laughs."[21] Colin Covert of the Star Tribune gave the film four out of four stars, saying "Bad Grandpa has the thrill of a dirty joke, brilliantly told. This film is emphatically not for everyone, but if it’s not for you, too bad."[22] Scott Bowles of USA Today gave the film three out of four stars, saying "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa not only stands as the best installment (by bounds) of Johnny Knoxville's hidden-camera franchise; it's one of the sharpest comedies of the year."[23] Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times gave the film three and a half stars out of five, saying "It's hard to score big laughs with hidden-camera material these days because there has been so much of it since the "Jackass" TV show, but Mr. Knoxville and his young sidekick still land a few jaw-droppers."[24] Steve Pulaski of Influx Magazine gave the film an A- saying, "If you haven’t been a fan of Jackass, Bad Grandpa certainly won’t make you one. However, you may like it more seeing as it takes a more polished direction than its predecessors. It combines the hilarious hidden-camera, public humiliation qualities of Borat and the vulgar man and the innocent child chemistry of Bad Santa."[25] Alonso Duralde of The Wrap gave the film a positive review, saying "When the three-act structure gets shoved to the side for fun and games, Bad Grandpa delivers some of the heartiest laughs I've had all year."[26]

Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times gave the film three and a half stars out of five, saying "The film has a story complete with a beginning, middle and end. It has some acting and emotion. And most shocking of all - it has empathy."[27] Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B–, saying "You'll occasionally laugh out loud, but the heart of the movie is safe enough to chuckle at."[28] Sam Adams of Time Out New York gave the film two out of five stars, saying "Apart from a handful of physical stunts and the penultimate biker-bar setup, Knoxville never puts himself at risk, and the imbalance of power curdles the imperative to laugh at the rubes."[29] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying "It's not really a movie. It's Johnny Knoxville and his Jackass crew faking out real people into believing he's 86-year-old Irving Zisman, an old fart bag traveling cross-country."[30] Linda Barnard of the Toronto Star gave the film one and a half stars out of four, saying "Fans of the MTV series and related flicks will be quite entertained by this latest extrusion from the Jackass factory. But like the lime-green bingo dabber contents Irving drinks down to the horror of his seatmates, it’s an acquired taste."[31]

Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle gave the film two out of four stars, saying "Some of the pranks are masterfully executed; the beauty pageant and a disastrous funeral near the beginning stand out. But on the whole, Bad Grandpa can't locate a consistent groove."[32] R. Kurt Osenlund of Slant Magazine gave the film a half a star out of four, saying "A choppy, feature-length progression of crude, predictable gags, Bad Grandpa plays like a variety show, and yet its main attraction is barely funny enough to warrant his own brief sketch."[33] Amy Nicholson of The Village Voice gave the film a negative review, saying "By Jackass standards, Bad Grandpa is benign—it’s neither as fun nor as thrilling as watching Knoxville play tetherball with a beehive."[34] Steve Rose of The Guardian gave the film three out of five stars, saying "Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat set the bar very high for this type of narrative-driven prankery, and in comparison, Bad Grandpa comes across as disjointed and aimless."[35] Kyle Ryan of The A.V. Club gave the film a B–, saying "No one will ever mistake the Jackass franchise for good cinema, but it never aspired to that. It was always about allowing the gleeful anarchy of the TV series to escape the constraints of television — to be more outrageous, gross, and profane than the FCC would ever allow."[36]

Box office[edit]

As of December 22, 2013, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa has grossed $100,837,000 in North America, and $41,400,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $142,237,000.[2] In North America, the film opened to #1 in its first weekend, with $32,055,177.[37] In its second weekend, the film dropped to number two, grossing an additional $20,010,303.[38] In its third weekend, the film stayed at number two, grossing $11,326,977.[39] In its fourth weekend, the film dropped to number five, grossing $7,421,536.[40]

Home media[edit]

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on January 28, 2014.[41]

References[edit]

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