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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Unrated)

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Jeff Tremaine

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About the Movie

New UNRATED CUT with hilarious footage not shown in theaters! Johnny Knoxville reprises his jackass role as 86-year-old Irving Zisman in the story of a crotchety old man unexpectedly saddled with the care of his 8-year-old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll). The two generations of troublemakers soon develop a bond, as they hustle their way across the heartland of America on an outrageous road trip with a whole lot of high jinks and pranks on unsuspecting, real-life people—all of whom had no idea they were starring in a “truly shocking” hidden camera comedy.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 106
  • Fresh: 64
  • Rotten: 42
  • Average Rating: 5.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's hard to score big laughs with hidden-camera material these days because there has been so much of it since the "Jackass" TV show, but Mr. Knoxville and his young sidekick still land a few jaw-droppers. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Oct 24, 2013

Fresh: You'll occasionally laugh out loud, but the heart of the movie is safe enough to chuckle at. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Oct 25, 2013

Rotten: This whole movie is pretty much a mental colon blow. – Kyle Smith, New York Post, Oct 24, 2013

Rotten: Onlookers occasionally glance into the camera, a pretty good sign that people are hip to these prankster movies now and just play along. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Nov 7, 2013

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Customer Reviews


Taking a more narrative approach in the form of "Borat" and "Brüno" (but without the big social commentary), "Bad Grandpa" sees Johnny Knoxville expand his old-man alter ego into a full-on character. And just as expected, it's sporadically hysterical, with some wild, inspired gags and deranged pranks. But for a "Jack***" flick, it's strangely gentle and even a little too sentimental for its own good. Even so, you'll probably end up laughing hard in your seat from start to finish just like I did. After his wife dies and his daughter is sent to jail, 86-year-old Irving Zisman (Knoxville) is unexpectedly left in charge of his grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll). The only option seems to be to deliver the boy right from Nebraska to his low-life father in North Carolina, so they hit the road. And Billy proves to be just as precocious as his grandpa, if not more so. Along the way, they shock lots of people with their wild, hilarious antics, which include crashing a wedding, fooling some biker patrons, and even entering a "little miss" beauty pageant for some badly needed cash. Held together by its loose road trip storyline, the movie is essentially a huge series of elaborate "Candid Camera"-style gags in which people look on in amusing disbelief at the utterly ridiculous things this man and boy get up to. The running joke is that the newly single Irving is constantly hitting on women (often getting his young accomplice to help). Reactions range from polite smiles to terrified astonishment, but almost everyone they meet is eerily nice, which perhaps is a sort-of political commentary about Middle America. It's actually quite interesting to see people act so disconcerted about this old man apparently carrying around his dead wife's body in the trunk of his car or guzzling beer with his young eight-year-old grandson. Most of these big set pieces aren't very spontaneous; they're intricately created scenarios. This includes one of the movie's best pranks as its funny climax, as Irving drops Billy off with his clearly money-grubbing loser father in a bar hosting a meeting of a biker gang dedicated to protecting abused children. Knoxville is surprisingly great as this flick's "bad grandpa"; continually likable, even as he's relentlessly rude and just plain revolting. And the smartly sharp Nicoll is startlingly fearless in his breakout comic role, with his truly jaw-dropping pageant performance being the most hilarious scene. Their terrific chemistry offers a rather sweet portrait of a cross-generational relationship, while the closing-credits outtakes reveal their backstage camaraderie, plus all the reactions when their stunts are revealed. But while it is, for the most part, a laugh-out-loud comedy, this movie still doesn't quite have the same raucous energy featured in previous "Jack***" installments. Nonetheless, "Bad Grandpa" is a ridiculous, rowdy good time that should please any fan of outrageous, lowbrow humor. It's definitely not for everyone, but it's worth watching at least once.


This is the funniest movie I've seen in a long time. The only thing I would have liked better is if the trailer didn't give away the big skits. But they were still extremely hilarious. You're guaranteed to laugh till your face hurts at some part in the movie, I will say though, I enjoyed it both because the acting was excellent and also because it has an actual storyline to it.


Awesome movie! Really funny! The haters just want attention! Don't listen to them and buy the movie!

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Unrated)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2013

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