Yeah, so, in honor of “Jackass 3-D” coming out this Friday, I have to tell you something.
I wrote one movie review when I worked at The Examiner. Just one. It was 2002, and I was working as the TV critic. I didn’t usually write movie reviews, but our film critic at the time deemed this movie beneath him, so it was assigned out to me. The movie is based on a television show, so it kinda made since that the TV critic should review it.
That movie was “Jackass.” Not only did I give the movie a positive review. I gave it four stars.
That’s right. I gave “Jackass: The Movie” four stars. There. I said it.
I wrote, “Jackass: The Movie is perfect for what it is — a bunch of, well, jackasses doing very stupid human tricks. There is no story; no plot; no script; no actors. It’s brainless stunt after brainless stunt. And — I’m almost ashamed to admit this — it is the funniest movie I have ever seen in a theater. Fans of the TV show (of which I am obviously one) will not be disappointed because Jackass: The Movie is just the TV show stretched out to 90 minutes (each stunt runs about two or three minutes), but it includes plenty of stuff you’d never see on MTV, like full frontal nudity and lots and lots of swearing and vomiting.”
I laughed really hard when I saw it. I wasn’t going to lie and pretend I didn’t. After the review ran, the movie critic told me that he didn’t want me reviewing anymore movies; that I was giving the paper a bad rep. HA! Yeah, right. My positive review of “Jackass” gave the paper a bad rep. That’s the ticket.
OK, so, the review came and went, but little did I know that it would live on forever on DVD …