Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

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A series of juvenile pranks on real people strung together with a road-trip plot doesn't make for much of a film. Director Jeff Tremaine, who co-wrote the screenplay with Spike Jonze and Johnny Knoxville, has Knoxville's character, just-widowed 86-year-old Irving Zisman, driving his 8-year-old grandson (Jackson Nicoll) from Nebraska to North Carolina because the lad's mother, a crack addict, is going to jail for a parole violation. Along the way, there's a hideous "funeral" for Irving's wife, an assortment of gags targeting woebegone convenience stores and a semi-intelligent stunt played on a parody-ripe beauty pageant for pre-teen girls. Too many of Knoxville's jokes are at crotch level, however, to make this, in the end, anything other than material to be avoided.

Watch out for: Full male nudity, sexual banter, constant references to body parts and functions, rough and crass language.

Rated: O, morally offensive; MPAA: R, restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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