(2013)

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75
Rude, wrong and laugh-till-you-snort funny, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa not only stands as the best installment (by bounds) of Johnny Knoxville's hidden-camera franchise; it's one of the sharpest comedies of the year.
75
It's the kind of outrageous comedy that you might even take your folks to, though probably not your kids. Say what you will about Harmony Korine and his demented geriatrics, at least they take their trash seriously.
75
In the few moments where he's left to prank people on his own, Bad Grandpa doesn't treat him like the clichéd potty mouthed kid out for shock value. Instead, he uses his childlike innocence to make the adults more uncomfortable than his grandpa's raunchier shenanigans ever could.
70
Even at its low ebb, the movie effuses an infectious, mischief-making joy.
70
Though the plot is predictable, individual scenes (and individual targets) are anything but. In the film's best moments, it's more than funny; it's exciting, and almost as daring as its indomitable lead actor.
67
No one will ever mistake the Jackass franchise for good cinema, but it never aspired to that. It was always about allowing the gleeful anarchy of the TV series to escape the constraints of television - to be more outrageous, gross, and profane than the FCC would ever allow.
63
Is Knoxville going soft on us? Nah. Bad Grandpa is still the f***ed-up family movie of choice, especially if your family has done jail time.
63
Bad Grandpa obviously is not for everyone, but Johnny Knoxville and “Jackass” fans will eat it up.
60
True to the Jackass formula, some gags come off better than others, but there's some doozies in its midst.
60
Some of these gags are hilarious.
50
An almost sweet sensibility emerges by the end of Bad Grandpa. Young Jackson Nicholl is a real find: The kid can really hold his own against Knoxville's master pranker.
50
As Jackass japes go, though, Bad Grandpa was better in concept and in its short, punchy TV commercials than it is as a feature.
50
The uneven result is definitely not for prudish moviegoers, definitely funny for everyone else, and even approaches poignancy in one or two scenes.
40
Most of the gags fall flatter than a Knoxville belly-flop.
40
There are a couple of bawdy sight gags that hit the mark, although the outtakes in the end credits provide the film's funniest moments. The cast and crew appear to have had a ball making it, at least.
25
This whole movie is pretty much a mental colon blow.
25
Johnny Knoxville is now 42, and he's clearly torn. He still wants to be a Jackass, but in a movie with an actual story that offers something even slightly more substantive than cringing at other people's self-inflicted pain and humiliation.
12
A choppy, feature-length progression of crude, predictable gags, the film plays like a variety show, and yet its main attraction is barely funny enough to warrant his own brief sketch.

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