The boys that brought us pierced butt cheeks, paper cuts that made everyone cringe, and a regurgitated live goldfish, are back and entering a whole new dimension. Shot in the newly popular 3D, their third film, “Jackass 3D,” marks 10 years since the original series debuted on MTV.
In those 10 years the mischievous boys have become equally troubled grown men. As the new film shows clips from early television episodes, it is very apparent that time has not slowed down for the “Jackass” crew.
Front man Johnny Knoxville appears to be feeling the effects of his extreme lifestyle. Newly sober Steve-O also looks much older. Even with their missing youth, the guys don’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down.
One thing that hasn’t escaped them is their undying commitment to pushing the envelope and making the audience squirm. Central graduate, Amanda Shively, made the mistake of watching the film while on a date.
“There were a few moments when I had to turn my head. I was very close to getting sick in the theater,” she said.
This gut-wrenching display is nothing new. From the very beginning, the “Jackass” cast has had a knack for knowing exactly what would make their audience the most uncomfortable.
Central senior, Christopher Blye, started watching the show when it premiered in 2000. At 29-years-old, Blye has a decade of memories involving the “Jackass” crew.
“I can’t believe they’re still doing it. I remember sitting around watching the show with my friends and being completely in shock at some of the things they did. Watching “Jackass 3D” was almost like going back in time,” he said.
It’s true that not much has changed when it comes to the shock value of their antics. Knoxville and the guys spared no expense this time around in making jaws drop in the theater. Some scenes were so disgusting and wrong; they left many viewers, like Mount Pleasant resident Richard Moede, in utter disbelief.
“They take the term bathroom humor to a whole new level. I was completely grossed out, but part of me couldn’t help but watch. I’m almost ashamed of myself,” he said.
Shock and awe has been the “Jackass” philosophy for over a decade, and with the undying support of people like Spike Jonze and a massive network like MTV, the crew has carved out their piece of the American dream.
“Jackass 3D” took the top spot at the box office on its opening weekend, and grossed double what was projected. As long as their projects are successful, and they can manage to keep their health somewhat in tact, there’s no reason to think the debauchery will come to an end any time soon.
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