Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Rush Formula 1 racing reached its most exciting and dangerous time in the ’60s and ’70s, and for a time the sport’s biggest stars were James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). The two men approached racing from completely different perspectives, with one in it for the fun and celebrity while the other appreciated its meticulous nature and the allure of being the actual best. Ron Howard hasn’t made a compelling film in well over a decade, and the last one that fully entertained was 1996’s Ransom. So yes, I’m more than a little surprised that his period piece about a sport that means nothing to me is a film that enthralls from the first scene and never lets up its grip. The acting and details are strong throughout, with Brühl in particular delivering the dramatic goods, but the racing drama is equally exciting. It’s a damn fine film, and it shows that Howard isn’t out of the picture just yet. [Blu-ray/DVD extras: Featurettes, deleted scenes]

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We’ve got people behaving badly for Ridley Scott, two young ladies sharing a tempestuous romance, Johnny Knoxville doing some terrible things in old-age makeup, Al Pacino hunting down Oscar Wilde, and a dozen other films fighting for your love. It’s another big week for releases (and Javier Bardem’s hair) so here’s your trailer-ized guide to what’s coming out:

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If there was one flaw in the Jackass series, it’d be a lack of narrative coherence. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa seeks to right this past mistake by weaving a story out of its pranks, pratfalls, and general bodily harm; a story of a doddering old man (Johnny Knoxville) with a tendency to end up in the exact same painful situations we’ve seen in all those other Jackass movies. Yet the first official clip from Jackass: Bad Grandpa demonstrates that Knoxville being launched through a window while wearing old man makeup is no different from Knoxville being launched through a window without wearing old man makeup. He makes a scene beforehand (leering at some poor woman who doesn’t deserve any of this), goes through a pane of glass and then gets to do a little yelling afterward.

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Jackass: Bad Grandpa

Truly, what this world needed was a feature film based entirely around Johnny Knoxville wearing old man makeup. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa offers just that- Knoxville cracking wise and debasing himself horrifically in front of total strangers, this time with the help of Jackson Nicoll (best known as the kid from Fun Size). Prepare to cringe, then watch after the break.

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Jackass Bad Grandpa

Be still, our dumb teenage hearts, for the Jackass team has decided that it is that special time for us to see them do things we shouldn’t try at home once more. Paramount and MTV Films announced (via The Hollywood Reporter) that they have already completed shooting on Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, a film based on Johnny Knoxville’s elderly Iriving Zisman character. Zisman, as you might recall from the previous three Jackass films (okay, 3.5 if you count the straight-to-DVD special) and from the MTV show was an elderly man unleashed on the unsuspecting public with his shocking, gross antics. These included and were not limited to: defecating in the street and pretending he didn’t know where he was, hitting on college girls, popping wheelies in his Hoveround, and if I recall correctly, a truly terrible moment where a dog stole his prosthetic leg, much to the horror of onlookers. He got away with this because he was just Knoxville in (very poor) age makeup and some high-waisted khaki pants. It just seems strange that the Jackass guys chose to focus an entire film on this specific character, which was never even that popular, rather than go their normal “staple genitalia to a 2×4” route. It’s a solid formula that has tested true in the box office – enough to get this fourth film greenlit. But Paramount apparently has so much faith in Bad Grandpa that they’re willing to give it an October 25th release date, the spot usually reserved […]

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