The Jackass franchise takes an unexpected turn into Borat-esque docu-fiction, sadly with only qualified success.
Shorn of the infectious camaraderie of Steve-O, Wee Man and co, lead Johnny Knoxville seems isolated as the series’ regular salty old man, and without Sacha Baron Cohen’s satiric bite, a lot of the interactions with real people can come across as just a bloke being a dick.
Also, there’s a reliance on nut’n’scat gags that were tired in the Austin Powers era.
Still, Knoxville is never less than watchable – but the show is stolen by Jackson Nicoll as his ‘grandson’, with timing the envy of comics four times his age.
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