Sunday, 15 June 2014

Review: Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)

Earlier this week I was at a friend's house for a games night, and we had old school Jackass on the TV in the background. It brought back a ton of high school memories, but also reminded me that I still hadn't seen Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa! I rectified that pretty quickly.  When I was younger, I found Jackass hilarious.  That pretty soon wore thin, the lack of story started to bore me and frankly some of the skits made me feel a bit queasy!  So I didn't even think to see this at home let alone in the cinema so I have no review unfortunately.

I actually wanted to see this at the cinema when it came out, but it was just one of those films that I ran out of time to see. I knew it wouldn't be a 10/10 film, but I used to love watching candid camera shows years ago when they were all the rage so I needed to see this.

There is indeed a plot to this! I suppose this gives me more hope for this than the previous Jackass films!! Billy's mum has just been put into jail for drug use, and so Billy is given to his Grandpa Irving, who doesn't really want to look after him. Irving makes contact with Billy's father Chuck, who agrees to take Billy off his hands so that he can claim $600 benefits a month. The film then follows Irving and Billy's journey across the USA from Nebraska to North Carolina, with plenty of mischief in between...

The film starts fairly slow with a few half-hearted laughs, but I stuck it out and I'm glad I did because I laughed throughout, and wiped a few tears away after some scenes! If you've seen the trailer you'll already be aware of the beauty pageant scene but this was another of my favourites.

Ohh that scene really made me giggle! If you loved Borat then you'll enjoy this, but I have to say that it doesn't beat Borat. That, for me, is the best of its kind! An honourable mention has to go out to Jackson Nicoll, the little kid who played Billy, because he does a fantastic job at keeping in character throughout this film. I know for a fact I wouldn't be able to keep a straight face!
In conclusion, one to watch on a weekend with a few friends and some drinks, but then stick on some old school original Jackass because you'll remember how much you miss it!

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