Movie Monday: Jacka– 3D


jackass.JPGScore one for the icky.

Jacka– 3D, a cinematic collection of bizarre, dangerous and often really, really disgusting stunts, catapulted to the top of the box office like a Porta Potty slingshot this weekend, cresting at an estimated $50 million and becoming the highest-grossing October film in history. And we don’t use the word “gross,” in this instance, lightly.

Johnny Knoxville and Co. more than doubled the take of RED, the number two film, which scored a still-solid $22.5 million. Holdovers The Social Network and Secretariat nailed down the third and fourth spots, respectively.

I reviewed Jacka– 3D, the third film in the series (which, in turn, spun off from a popular MTV show). I am sincerely hoping I won’t review a fourth—though, from the weekend take, I’m almost positive they’ll make one. I know there are folks who love this sort of thing, but I just don’t quite grasp the appeal of watching people vomit and defecate on screen. In 3-D, no less. I’m sure if someone ever invents smell-o-vision, Knoxville and crew will be the first to leverage the new technology to its greatest and grossest potential, earning them even bigger dollars.

I can’t say that Jacka–is my cup of tea, but I’m not really surprised it did so well. I mean, really, the film helped pave the way for much of what we see on YouTube, so it’s fitting that it should benefit from the culture it helped create.

That said, I’m looking forward to getting back to reviewing films that have more plot and theme and less pain and scat.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  ReelScreenReviews:

I have not seen JackAss 3d yet, thanks for the great information. I haven't seen any 3d movie at this point. I am anxious to see this in 3d. I think Johnny is absolutely crazy and I can't believe the things they do.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  bjthe4th:

I disagree. There are two ways to live life, one is in the passion of our fleshly desires, and the other is in the filling of the Holy Spirit. This movie, as well as most these days, glories in the flesh. But we were not made for fleshy, sinful things. We were made in the image of God.

It does not surprise me that a sinful, unrighteous world embraces this movie, and embraces it's notion of passion, and living life to the fullest... but there is so much more!

To live a life following after God, directed by his Spirit! You can't find many a movie about that, but you can live it! But then, maybe our taste for movies like mentioned in this review would cease. And then, where would the movie industry be?

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  dbillusions:

I think you need to loosen up and live life, if you have not seen the bucket list, you should. Although the stunts in Jack Ass may not be the same as those crossed off the bucket list, the point of both movies remains the same, Live life and live it passionately. And although uncomfortable and gross at times, passion sometimes requires us to push our boundaries and live without question.

I for one applaud Johnny , he has not only done great work in the entertainment field but as well in various charities and inspires people to go farther.