Their MTV star may have faded, but given that the 'Jackass' crew's movie debut took $63m in the US alone, the chances of them returning for a sequel were even greater than the risk of injury, disfigurement or death. And while you can't see Johnny Knoxville and his co-stars sitting around with calculators and graphs working out how many new fans they're going to pull in, even the old ones might look at 'Jackass Number Two' and agree that the joke should come to an end.
The format remains the same as the TV series: ringmaster Knoxville and his bunch of misfits show that age and experience haven't given them any greater understanding of personal safety. Beginning with a Pamplona style spectacle relocated to a US suburb, 'Jackass Number Two' makes sure that every one of these men suffers in some way, with some getting a rawer deal than others.
There are, admittedly, some very funny moments. Ehren McGhehey's mission to scare a cab driver into believing he's a terrorist, blissfully ignorant of the fact that the man is in on the joke and will pull a gun on him, is the most memorable thing here. But for all the yelps, bruises and blood, there's nothing that you haven't seen done as well or better on the TV show.
You'd watch some of the stunts again, but for others once is too much. Even those with the strongest stomach may find that the 'Jackass' crew can scrape the bottom of the barrel rather than rolling over a cliff in it, while their goading of animals in the name of a laugh doesn't do them any credit.
Having pushed their collective luck so much and lived to tell the tale, the gang should now realise that a third movie is beyond them. But when did they ever listen to anyone's advice?