Friday, November 1 2013, 11:41 AM MDT
Movie Review: Bad Grandpa
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Jeff Tremaine
Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll, Greg Harris
Recommended To: Fans of Jackass, Borat and other shock comedies.
Synopsis: Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville), an 86-year-old man, embarks on a cross-country trip to deliver his 8-year-old grandson (Jackson Nicoll) to his father.
Review: If you've ever watched any of the Jackass films or television programs you know pretty much what you're getting into with Bad Grandpa. Its a vulgar and frequently hilarious experience. Rather than just performing a variety of stunts this film attempts to tie in a narrative to the various set pieces. Where a film like Borat was able to successfully merge the unscripted footage in with the written scenes Bad Grandpa tend to feel unnecessary and clumsy. These scenes exist only as an excuse to bridge one outrageous to the next. Its an excuse that Jackass never felt compelled to use before. Still, the film works far better than Harmony Korine's Trash Humpers and should appease fans and those looking to be shocked into laughter.
-Ryan Michael Painter