"JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA" from Paramount opens Fri, Oct. 25, 2013.
STARRING: Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll.
DIRECTOR: Jeff Tremaine (All things Jackass).
86 year-old Irving Zisman (Knoxville) is on a journey across America with his 8 year-old grandson Billy (Nicoll), introducing the lad to people, places and situations that give a new meaning to the term child rearing. His intent is to deliver his grandson to the boy's father after his mother is jailed.
Well...Wow! This is indeed an acquired taste--kind of like honey-coated doggie doody or chocolate-stuffed arachnids. Knoxville insists that this is some funny stuff and why would he lie? To him, it likely is very funny...as well as to anyone who enjoyed the other Jackass material. A lot of people went to see those films but the number who actually thought them funny is difficult to determine without interviewing each and every one of them. Since that is an exercise in pointlessness, we must take Knoxville at his word.
One thing for sure: this is not your normal run-of-the-mill comedy. It is also highly questionable as to whether or not a child should have been the co-star. One must assume the kid's parents read the script prior to allowing the casting of their son. Evidently, they had no problem with the content. Certainly they had no problem with the amount on the check that went with it. Money tends to distort the mind's tolerance for questionable material plus the kid worked with Knoxville in "Fun Size".
All in all, this is not the worst film of all time. The kid likely won't be traumatized for life--or even the length of a shower. At some point in time, this sort of thing might even become the norm for comedy movies. Till then, one still has the Marx Brothers and the copy of "Dumb and Dumber".