Bad Grandpa delivers subtle message

REVIEWED BY NADINE HANCOCK
Last updated 05:00 09/12/2013
Bad Grandpa

road: A bond develops between Johnny Knoxville’s Irving and Jackson Nicoll’s Billy in Bad Grandpa.

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OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. Starring Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll; directed by Jeff Tremaine

The creators of Jackass: The Movie and Jackass Number Two return with another feature film, Bad Grandpa. It follows the adventures of grandpa, Irving Zisman who is given the duty of taking his grandson, Billy, across North American to his father. Along the way, the duo get up to lots of mischief, hijinks and general annoyances, culminating in shocking yet amusing results.

Barely recognisable as Bad Grandpa is Johnny Knoxville who suits up with prosthetics to convincingly portray the uncouth guardian to Billy. Playing the impressionable and cheeky Billy is Jackson Nicoll (The Fighter) who delivers his adult dialogue and actions superbly even if, at times, it was awkward to watch.

Bad Grandpa has an element of reality thrown into it. Using hidden cameras, the film captures live and honest reactions to the outrageous and inappropriate shenanigans of Irving and Billy. Scenes include a farting scene which turns ugly, an awkward funeral with strangers and an attempt to mail Billy to his father.

Obviously, the humour in Bad Grandpa will not appeal to everyone, in fact the audience may be somewhat limited. However, if you ignore all the foul and inappropriate humour, the film actually points out flaws with our society, particularly that of child neglect and exploitation. This not so subtle message was surprising as was the bond that Irving and Billy developed throughout the duration of the film.

Stick around for the closing credits to see additional footage including out-takes and reactions from unsuspecting cast members when they are told they are part of a movie. There is also a dedication to Ryan Dunn, Jackass writer who died in 2011.

If you are a fan of the Jackass franchise, you will enjoy Bad Grandpa and its sense of humour. However, if you are easily offended, skip it.

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- The Southland Times

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