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Jackass: The Movie (2002)

R  |   |  Documentary, Comedy  |  25 October 2002 (USA)
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Johnny Knoxville and his band of maniacs perform a variety of stunts and gross-out gags on the big screen for the first time.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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April Margera ...
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Johnny Knoxville and his crazy friends appear on the big screen for the very first time in Jackass: The Movie. They wander around Japan in panda outfits, wreak havoc on a once civilized golf court, they even do stunts involving LIVE alligators, and so on. While Johnny Knoxvile and his pals put their life at risk, they are entertaining people at the same time. Get ready for Jackass: The Movie!! Written by Uber Minion

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The following stunts were performed by professionals, so neither you nor your dumb buddies should attempt anything from this movie. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for dangerous, sometimes extremely crude stunts, language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 October 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jackass  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,763,437 (USA) (25 October 2002)


$208,878 (South Africa) (11 April 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mat Hoffman, Steve-O, Bam Margera and Johnny Knoxville all suffered serious injuries during filming. Hoffman broke his wrist when he fell off his bike during "Sweaty Fat Fucks" and was also knocked out in the same incident, Knoxville was knocked out when his golf cart flipped over and again when he fought Butterbean, Bam tore his hamstring at the beginning of the movie's production and developed an infection after the branding (which involved a lengthy hospital stay) and Steve-O developed a serious infection when he fell into a contaminated river in "Poo River Pole Vault" (DVD only), which was later edited into "Tropical Pole Vaulting". See more »


In the burglar skit, Bam has nothing on his head when him and Johnny first land on the ground. In the next shot, he has a black cap on. See more »


Johnny Knoxville: [dazed, holding head after golf cart accident] I don't know what happened. I just remember we went in the air and the next thing I know, I'm just... fucked.
Bam Margera: Dude, you were hauling so much ass!
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Crazy Credits

As the credits end, Rip mentions 'the next one should be The Son Of Jackass'. Fade to '2063: The Son Of Jackass', where an elderly version of the crew (as seen on Spike Jonez, Bam Margera, and Johnny Knoxville in the movie itself) attempts to escape explosions, flying debris, trucks, and crashing sheds. Only Steve O. makes it out alive. See more »


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Flesh Into Gear
by Deron Miller, Chad Ginsburg (as Chad I. Ginsburg) and Jess Margera
Performed by C.K.Y. (as CKY)
Courtesy of the Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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21 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

About the only thing that can be safely said about the gross-out fest `Jackass – The Movie' is that it is definitely an acquired taste. You will be either delighted or appalled by the masochistic antics contained in this film, and if you ever needed proof that there is a distinct cultural divide existing in this nation today, `Jackass' provides it in spades.

For those who do not know, `Jackass' is the brainchild of Johnny Knoxville and his assorted buddies who have made a lucrative industry out of devising and performing death- and injury-defying stunts so that likeminded individuals, from the comfort and safety of their couches and theater seats, can at least get a vicarious thrill by watching others act out what they themselves wish they had the nerve (or stupidity) to do. (The film, of course, comes with a `don't try this at home' proviso that is as transparently insincere as it is obviously ineffective). `Jackass' is like the ultimate boys-will-be-boys extravaganza, a fifth grade prankster's dream come true. Not only do the `men' perform the stunts, but they spend most of their time in convulsive hysterics responding to them. On-screen vomiting, defecating, intentional bloodletting and the imbibing of urine are just a few of the goodies offered up for the audience's delectation by the makers of the film. Think of this as the dark side of the Peter Pan Syndrome, a tribute to adult men who have serious maturity issues and who clearly refuse `to grow up.'

Like most compilation films, `Jackass – The Movie' is a hit-and-miss proposition. Some of the `stunts' are clever and amusing, and there is a certain anarchic kick to be derived from seeing these guys pushing back the boundaries of conventional common sense and good taste. But there's also a certain mean-spirited tone to so much of what we see on screen that it interferes with our enjoyment of vast portions of the movie. Personally, I don't care if these guys want to injure, maim or even kill themselves to get their kicks, but why do they have to get so many of their laughs at the expense of other people? A number of the `bits' seem designed to do little more than humiliate hardworking business people, innocent bystanders and even members of their own families. In making a cruel version of `Candid Camera,' the filmmakers only heighten their own smugness and attitude of superiority, helping to alienate all but the group's most fanatical followers. What also surprises me – given the general nature of the film's target audience, that is – is just how homoerotic in tone many of these stunts turn out to be. I'm not saying that as a judgment against the film, but I do find it to be an interesting observation.

I don't want to belabor the issues too much here, and I certainly don't believe that the success of this film (and the TV show that spawned it) in any way foretells the imminent collapse of Western Civilization, as others have charged. That is clearly an overreaction. `Jackass – The Movie' is obviously intended for a very specific niche audience and, in those terms, I guess, it gets the job done. Just make sure you're in that niche before spending your hard-earned money to see it. You've been forewarned.

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