out of Five
Running time: 95
Kids, don't try this at home! The Jackass boys have upped the budget and added a few guest stars but this is basically more of the same and if you're a fan of the first film or the show you won't be disappointed.
What's it all about?
Sticking to the same structure as the 2002 hit, Jackass Number Two presents the same combination of elaborate practical jokes (a booby-trapped doorbell, a limousine filled with bees), crazy stunts (Johnny Knoxville blasting into the sky on a rocket, Steve-O sticking a fish hook in his mouth and using himself as shark bait) and hidden camera sequences (Spike Jonze and Knoxville made up as obscene pensioners).
The stunts themselves are frequently disgusting (Chris Pontius drinking something awful), occasionally horrifying (Bam Margera getting a penis branded on his arse) and often very stupid indeed (Knoxville facing off against a bull, whilst wearing a blindfold) but they are also extremely funny, if not downright hilarious. They're also quite fast-moving and surprisingly inventive. Knoxville's rocket adventure, in particular, is simply breathtaking and you'll feel like applauding afterwards.
This time around, the boys obviously have a lot more money to play with and they've also drafted in a few guest stars such as John Waters, Spike Jonze, Jay Chandrasekhar and, in the out-takes at the end, Luke Wilson. It also climaxes with a bizarre Busby Berkeley-esque musical number which has to be seen to be believed.
It's probably fair to warn animal-lovers that there's a fair amount of animal distress in the movie – snakes, in particular, get a pretty rough deal all round and the bulls don't seem too happy either.
Similarly, although there's plenty of material for two entertaining films, you can't help but agree when someone says, Please don't let there be a Jackass 3.
The Jackass boys are extremely engaging and their laughter is undeniably infectious. Worth seeing if you enjoyed the first one.
Jackass Number Two (18)