18.8 C
Byron Shire
April 1, 2023

Cinema review – Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Latest News

Tweed residents outraged at destruction of koala habitat on Cobaki Creek

A 'legacy' floodplain development on the tidal estuary of Cobaki Creek, known to have recent koala sightings, was approved in 1996 and is now being cleared.

Other News

The search for Australia’s best public dunny is on again!

The Continence Foundation of Australia is asking for submissions to find Australia’s best public toilets as part of this year’s much-loved Great Dunny Hunt.

Roller derby rocks the Cavanbah Centre

The local roller derby season got underway for the year with local teams hosting the Northern Rivers Revolt earlier...

Rethinking the tourism paradigm

The past three years have been a fairly challenging time for the Byron tourism Industry, after fires, floods, and a pandemic. According to local tourism organisation, Destination Byron, now seems the right time to rethink the tourism paradigm for Byron.

TEB takes one from two in cricket grand finals

Last Saturday saw grand final cricket action across all grades on the Far North Coast with Tintenbar-East Ballina (TEB)...

Appeal to locate man last seen at Casino on way to Tweed

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man from Grafton missing from the North Coast area.

Local skateboarders ready for Ballina contest and NCAS tryouts

The Fair Go skate competition will take place at the Ballina Skate Park from this Friday March 31 and...


Figuratively speaking, I was dragged kicking and screaming to Johnny Knoxville’s latest – Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.

Anybody with half a brain who has had to sit through his execrable ‘Jackass’ indulgences would have felt the same way, so I’ll own up and say that this is not quite as vile as I expected – but only by a hair’s breadth.

One of its saving graces is that it at least has a narrative component, unlike the endless idiocies that made up Knoxville’s previous efforts, and the road trip genre is a format with which his fans should not struggle too much.

Horny old widow Irving Zisman (Knoxville) sets out with Billy (Jackson Nicoll), his eight year-old grandson, his intention being to deliver him to his dad after mum was arrested for drug-dealing.

Their pranksters’ journey is filmed with a hidden camera and, though not my cuppa tea, there is a discernible difference between Jackass’s approach and the mocking superiority of Sacha Baron Cohen.

I love a good fart joke as much as any bloke, and against my better judgment I laughed (and squirmed) when Knoxville got his dick caught in a vending machine, but there is only so much buffoonery a man can take.

The title (will ‘bad’ ever lose its currency among juveniles?) prompts memories of Bad Santa and the mode is very Little Miss Sunshine, but it’s not in the same league as either and is best left for the schoolies.

~ John Campbell

See other Echonetdaily Cinema Reviews.

 

 

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Murwillumbah Fire Station needs more firefighters

There is probably not one adult who hasn’t been grateful for the job that firefighters have done in this country, particularly in the aftermath of the The 2019–20 Australian bushfires.

Draw your puss to win cat pack prizes

The reason cats take up so much of the collective internet space is because they are just so incredibly cute – we love them! But we don't always keep them inside when they should be.

Dental clinic celebrates 30 years in Mullum

It’s quite an achievement to own and operate a business for 30 years and more so with your life partner and that’s exactly what David and Kim Smith have done.

Working with Nature at the Living Lab

Living Lab Northern Rivers has opened their new exhibition 'Working with Nature' this week in their Lismore shopfront space, giving visitors the chance to learn more about flood mitigation strategies.