You know, just when I thought this brand of humor was officially dead and I could carry on remembering how Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin perfected the art of slapstick comedy without the noisy distraction of JACKASS, I am forced to remember that my generation worships JACKASS and that this brand of humor is about as dead as Tyler Perry’s career. With a heavy sigh, I lament the days of silent films.
To be perfectly honest, and I’m sure to get a bunch eye-rolls for this, but I never really wanted JACKASS. I did my best to avoid it, actually. But I had more than a few friends back in the day that did and I would see… well, just a bunch of kicks, punches, and a menagerie of awful things happen to a man’s balls. Despite being an instant turn-off for me, I know there’s an audience for this kind of thing, but I was never one of them. So when the JACKASS films finally stopped getting made, I was more than a little cheery while listening to the groans of the crying fanbase.
But it looks like strings were pulled, voices were heard, and now we have… this. The story looks like it’s about a grandfather looking after his granddaughter as he relays stories about when he was younger, he owned an amusement park, repaired it to make it more appealing, and shenanigans ensue.
Here’s the cast. Starring, we have Johnny Knoxville, known for ELVIS & NIXON (2016), and upcoming films ABOVE SUSPICION (2018) and ROSY (2018). In support, we have Eleanor Worthington-Cox, known for MALEFICENT (2014), Dan Bakkedahl (BATTLE OF THE SEXES , HITMAN: AGENT 47 , TV show LIFE IN PIECES [2015 – ongoing], and the upcoming SWORD OF TRUST ).
Now for the crew. Directing, we have Tim Kirkby, known for stuff I’ve never heard of. Co-penning the screenplay are John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, both known for BLADES OF GLORY (2007). Composing the score, a grand total of three composers, are Deke Dickerson (feature film debut; congrats, sir), and duo Andrew Feltenstein and John Nau, both known for THE HOUSE (2017), THE BRONZE (2016), and the upcoming DRUNK PARENTS (2018). The cinematographer is Michael Snyman, known for stuff I’ve never heard of. Finally, co-editing are Matthew Kosinski (BAD GRANDPA ) and Nicholas Monsour (KEANU ).
Overall, I can’t say that I’m looking forward to this, as a ton of the slapstick doesn’t look like anything you can’t find on Youtube. In fact, that’s kind of what this movie looks like, “Youtube the Movie” featuring a bunch of failed stunts. I know there’s a bunch of people online saying things like, “Hollywood’s full of CGI, so this is a breath of fresh air,” but I have to highly disagree. For one thing, a lot of these CGI films are still quality story-telling with memorable and well-written characters. Just because this movie has practical stunts doesn’t automatically make it a good. It just means it’s Youtube with a larger budget and you’re paying ten to fifteen dollars for it, and that’s not impressive to me. The truth is, this movie needs quality characters and needs to have heart, and I’m pretty sure that’s not what this movie intends to have. Much like any horror movie that’s all about the creative death scenes, this movie is all about prat falls and pain. In addition, I acknowledge that people will likely flood to see this and have a bully time with it. But I can’t say I’m on board that band wagon. But who knows? Maybe I’ll be surprised.
This is my honest opinion of: ACTION POINT
While an elderly D.C. (Johnny Knoxville) looks after his granddaughter Rudy () while his adult daughter Boogie () is out for the night, he relays the story of when he owned his own amusement park back in 1979. Action Point: famous for being completely without safety for the rides and attractions, and then-teenage Boogie () visits him for the summer and is inevitably faced with legal troubles that threaten to close down the entire park.
This movie isn’t to my tastes. It’s got just enough of the type of humor that I despise for me to not enjoy myself all the way through. With that said, I have to admit that there were a few things that I enjoyed about the movie.
For one thing, while I doubt Knoxville is known for his dramatic work… I know he’s not known for his dramatic work, but I give the man credit, he has the capability to churn out something that resembles a “good performance.” I somehow bought him as kind of a failed father, but still tries to do right by her. Granted, his role hits some serious clichés, but as far as clichés go, he’s not awful at drama. In fact, I’m going to put Worthington-Cox in that same category as a good actress when the need arises. On the whole, I did like their chemistry as an oddball father-daughter pairing. Even the stuff with the granddaughter wasn’t all that bad, and for the fucking life of me, I can’t find anything that credits the young actress. The most I got was that the granddaughter’s name was Rudy, I think, but neither IMDb, nor Wikipedia credit who played her.
Also, I admit to getting a chuckle or two at some point in the movie.
With that said! *cracking my knuckles*
This is not a good movie. Separate myself from what I perceive to be passable acting, the movie is a wasteland of humor. It truly is a bunch of prat falls, ball-knocking, and… quite frankly, a lot of questionable legalities here. I know, the movie is based on an actual amusement park called Action Park that was open from 1978 until 1996 and was infamous for having rides that were unsafe, causing injuries and even more than a couple of deaths, staff that was underage, not well-trained, constant intoxication from both the staff and the guests, so the concept was certainly ripe for a Jackass-styled movie up their alley, and they get those details down cartoonishly well. But still, none of how these people get away with half the shit that went on is ever explained. How did parents not call the police? How have there never been investigations? I mean seriously, I’m so curious how the real-life park managed to stay open for nearly twenty years. I’m sure that’s a more interesting story than the one provided here.
Oh, and is holding up a raccoon by it’s tail painful?! I feel like that was animal abuse. I know if you grab a cat by its tail, it’s not only painful
One of the first jokes is literally a drunk bear. Apparently, the story is that D.C. has a “neighbor” bear that steals his beer. Um… animal control? And D.C. is at the top of a tree that has no branches for him to climb up, so you’ll never convince me that he was placed up there with the help of a tall-ass ladder. Not to mention, drunk. Not that I should ever underestimate a career drunk and they’re capabilities of doing things that involve a great deal of coordination and yet do it with zero control over their faculties, but I refuse to believe that even a slightly buzzed person would be able to climb a tree with no branches. Off to a wonderful start, movie. Good job!
And then there’s the gross-out humor and gags involving… well, anything with Chris Pontius. He’s always wearing clothes that show off his gut and his ass crack, or a bulge in very revealing underwear, and that’s not even the worst part. Were it not for the fact that I think Knoxville and Worthington-Cox can act, I would have given this movie a 1/5 on simple grounds of watching a pair of dogs fucking, and spending ten seconds too long watching the male dog pulling out of the female dog… even thinking about it now makes me want to puke. Anything for a cheap laugh… stupid fucking movie. Close-ups of over-the-top gross feet, the bear licking its balls, seriously, I’m absolutely flabbergasted that this movie didn’t have a single feces, or urine joke. It hit pretty much every other comedic no-no that I can think of.
I was almost certain that this would do well at the box office, but something’s telling me that I should probably convert to a religion because it’s only grossed 2.3 million dollars against its 19 million budget. Sounds like a flop to me. Here’s hoping that I don’t have to worry about any more future Jackass type movies. I hope to spite all the fanboys and girls that worship movies like this, complaining about the CGI-dominated film market, get ten more superhero movies each month just to spite them. You won’t hear any complaints from me. At least most of those are quality story-telling, unlike this schlock. Look, if this is the kind of movie that’s up your alley, more power to you, but understand that there’s a reason why they’re not made for the big screen and why you might get judged for not browsing Youtube hard enough. So as a recommendation, I say, hard pass. Do not waste your money, your gas, your time, or frankly, your sanity on this garbage. Yeah, I said that I liked a couple things and might have gotten a giggle or two, but trust me, that’s not worth the ninety minutes of crap that I sat through.
My honest rating for ACTION POINT: 2/5
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