Directed by Jeff Tremaine. Starring Johnny Knoxville, Jason "Wee Man" Acuna, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Bam Margera.
The opening shot is a mysterious wall of smoke. As the thunderous strains of Carl Orff's 'Carmina Burana' (AKA the Old Spice advert, Eighties kids) play, the wall parts, to reveal - seven grown men riding a shopping trolley, being pushed by an extremely fat man.
As cinematic moments go, it may not be the airstrip at the end of 'Casablanca', but this vision did communicate a stirring manifesto - do not underestimate the power of stupidity.
The majestic photography of this imbecilic apocalypse is Jackass The Movie's first and last attempt at cinematic values. Instead we're plunged straight back into the low-fi hand-held visuals so familiar from the riotously successful television series. There's a bit of extra cash around to pay for a destroyed car and a ludicrous trip to Japan, otherwise it's Jackass as usual, with the added appeal of unbleeped cursing and no masked-out faces.
This winning combination of snuff movie and skateboard video is still incredibly watchable and some of the stunts are the funniest yet. In fact, 'Jackass' is the most consistently hilarious movie since the glory days of Leslie Nielsen's Naked Gun appearances.
There is even an occasional glimmer of non-physical comedy. Leader JohnnyKnoxville's reaction to the announcement that the riot control bullet he is about to be shot with is "less lethal" than a normal bullet raising a big laugh in particular.
Over the duration of a feature film, strange narratives emerge as the cast members become more familiar. Bam Margera's running battle with his parents (involving waking them up with an in-bedroom fireworks display, dumping a live alligator in their kitchen and most humiliating of all, putting a hidden camera in their toilet.) ultimately becomes unsettling. Like a classic Oedipal child, except on speed, Margera's relentless torturing of his father begs a couple of unanswered questions.
The presence of Jason "Wee-man" Acuna, the midget member of the Jackass crew is another interesting aspect of the film. Although his size is often at the root of the jokes, Acuna's position as a fully-fledged cast member, with equal status to all the others, is never in doubt. Could 'Jackass The Movie' actually contain a positive role model? Now there's a thought.