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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Entering theaters 11 years to the day after the first Jackass release deliriously exceeded all expectations, Bad Grandpa has become the franchise's fourth consecutive film to debut with top grosses, and nobody seems the least surprised that an ambling road movie with few stunts and relatively unknown leads bested Brad Pitt and George Clooney. As this narrative begins, Johnny Knoxville’s newly widowed, 86-year-old Irving Zisman is driving his grandson across the country to be dropped with his deadbeat dad. The farther they travel across America, the further Knoxville and talented child actor Jackson Nicoll press their man-on-the-street badinage toward creepiness. Nicoll's unilateral decision to be adopted by friendly strangers probably wrings the most laughs, but Knoxville's addled ferocity attains more intriguing dimensions. Turns out you can teach a certain sort of dog new tricks, and Knoxville's persistence proves weirdly humanizing. Throughout his travels, save for a bravura standoff with one loudmouth braggart, he accepts defeat in a bittersweet manner. Older but no wiser, and still obsessed with seizing the easy laugh with lunatic aplomb, Bad Grandpa isn’t quite art, and it's not quite growing old gracefully. This, though, you may want to try at home.
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Running Time: 92 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, October 25, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: R [ Brief Drug Use, Language, Some Graphic Nudity, Strong Crude & Sexual Content ]
  • Critic's Score: B+
  • Starring: Johnny Knoxville [Irving Zisman], Jackson Nicholl [Billy]
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