There are a few absolutes in our society. Some things are definitely good, some things are definitely bad, and anyone who disagrees that said things are good or bad obviously has poor taste or is part of a small group that would(n’t) like it. But it’s a bit more complicated than that. Some things are funny, but bad. Some things are annoying, but good. Some things are too highbrow to technically be considered bad, despite a lack of good, and others are so highbrow that they’re terrible. By the same token, some things are too lowbrow to technically be considered good and others are very lowbrow, but still good. A good example of something that is too lowbrow to technically be considered good is Jackass. The humor of the show and its movies usually revolves around people getting punched in the dick and then throwing up on their dick. Or something like that. The original show was short-lived, but became somewhat of a cult classic, because no matter how bad it was, everyone had to admit that it was pretty funny. It even inspired such movies as Borat and Bruno, a semi-series that proves that some ideas only work once. The show even had several spinoffs, including Viva La Bam, Wildboyz, Homewrecker, Dr. Steve-O, and Blastazoid. Yet another example of an idea only working once. The movies follow the same formula as the show, but about thrice as long. And yet, they were still pretty good. The Jackasses also came up with the delectable idea of putting a movie’s worth of bonus stunts on the DVD, so even if you didn’t want to own the movie, you’d still get the DVD. They followed this formula for three movies. But then, something peculiar happened. The Jackasses decided they wanted to make a real movie. With a plot and everything! But of course, they still wanted to prank people, so what they came up with was less like your typical Jackass fare and more like Borat, which as you may remember, was inspired by Jackass. Which means that Bad Grandpa was the result of cinematic inbreeding. Did it work? Kinda. Since it focused more on the pranks than the characters, there are a few inconsistencies here and there, but overall, it worked. The pranks were funny, the characters were somewhat likable despite being terrible people, and everything just kind of fit. Which was surprising, considering how weird an idea it was. The raunch was a bit too much at some points, but that was kind of the point. There’s not a lot to say about this movie. Knoxville proved his acting chops as Irving Zisman, the title character. The kid in the movie is one of the best child actors I’ve ever seen. One thing I noticed in the credits was that the movie had a “puppeteer.” Why? How? I don’t know. But it made me smile. The movie was the brainchild of Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine, and Spike Jonze. Yes, that Spike Jonze. I know I’m going off-topic, but I’ve basically run out of things to say. So overall, I give the movie a B-. It didn’t always work, but it usually did. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @BreakingPOORLY. If you have a thingie you want to say, post it in the comments section below or e-mail me at thatnaivecube@gmail.com. I’ll be reviewing Last Vegas next week, followed by reviews of Thor 2 and Free Birds. Until then… End transmission.

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