Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJeff Tremaine
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Jeff Tremaine
  • Johnny Knoxville
  • Spike Jonze
Story by
  • Fax Bahr
  • Spike Jonze
  • Johnny Knoxville
  • Adam Small
  • Jeff Tremaine
StarringJohnny Knoxville
Jackson Nicoll
Music bySam Spiegel
Koool G Murder
CinematographyLance Bangs
Dimitry Elyashkevich
Edited bySeth Casriel
Matt Kosinski
Matthew Probst
Production
  company
MTV Films
Dickhouse Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date(s)
  • October 25, 2013 (2013-10-25)
Running time92 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$15 million[2]
Box office$150,903,019[2]
 
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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJeff Tremaine
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Jeff Tremaine
  • Johnny Knoxville
  • Spike Jonze
Story by
  • Fax Bahr
  • Spike Jonze
  • Johnny Knoxville
  • Adam Small
  • Jeff Tremaine
StarringJohnny Knoxville
Jackson Nicoll
Music bySam Spiegel
Koool G Murder
CinematographyLance Bangs
Dimitry Elyashkevich
Edited bySeth Casriel
Matt Kosinski
Matthew Probst
Production
  company
MTV Films
Dickhouse Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date(s)
  • October 25, 2013 (2013-10-25)
Running time92 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$15 million[2]
Box office$150,903,019[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 was 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]

Eighty-six-year-old Irving Zisman and Billy, his grandson, are on a road trip across the United States. Irving is tasked with taking Billy to live with Chuck, his father, after Kimmie, his mother, is jailed. Interspersed with the brief story segments are hidden camera pranks and stunts.[7][8]

Cast[edit]

Jeff Tremaine, Johnny Knoxville, and Jackson Nicoll at a screening for the film

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."[9] Then in June 2012, it was reported Paramount "registered several domains for a film that would be called Jackass 4: Bad Grandpa."[10] 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."[11] The film was officially announced on July 17, 2013, and was released on October 25, 2013.[12] 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.[8] Eventually, Tremaine and Knoxville came up with a story to structure the pranks around.[8]

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."[8] The Irving Zisman makeup took three hours to apply to Knoxville.[8] Five hours were needed for scenes requiring Knoxville to remove his shirt.[8] Jackson Nicoll was cast as Billy, Irving Zisman's grandson. Knoxville cast Nicoll after working with him on the 2012 film Fun Size.[8] "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."[8]

Release[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa has received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 60% based on 105 reviews, with an average rating of 5.5/10. The site's consensus states: "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] The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the 86th Academy Awards, but lost to the biographical drama Dallas Buyers Club.[6]

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 of 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] 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."[24] 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."[25] 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."[26]

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."[27] 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."[28] 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."[29] 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."[30] 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."[31]

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."[32] 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."[33] 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."[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]

Box office[edit]

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa grossed $102,003,019 in North America, and $48,900,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $150,903,019.[2] In North America, the film opened to #1 in its first weekend, with $32,055,177.[36] In its second weekend, the film dropped to number two, grossing an additional $20,010,303.[37] In its third weekend, the film stayed at number two, grossing $11,326,977.[38] In its fourth weekend, the film dropped to number five, grossing $7,421,536.[39]

Home media[edit]

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa was released on DVD and Blu-ray on January 28, 2014.[40] An unrated version of the film, titled Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5 which includes over 40 minutes of additional outtakes and interviews, premiered June 15, 2014 on MTV,[41] and will be released on on DVD and Blu-ray on July 8, 2014.[42]

References[edit]

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