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Jackass 3.5

Jackass 3.5: Even More Pranks, Stunts and Skits

  • Bam MargeraChris Pontius...
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  • Jeff Tremaine
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Jackass 3.5: Even More Pranks, Stunts and Skits

As a bridge between the third
Jackass film and a potential fourth, as well as a shameless money-making
vehicle, Jackass 3.5 presents fans with a bucket load of material that didn’t make it onto
the final cut of the last film. This is more than just outtakes and deleted scenes,
though; there are more pranks and jokes than you can shake a deadly venomous snake
at.

Jackass, in all of its reincarnations, is and has always been one of those
love-it-or-hate-it film series. Needless to say, fans will be more than happy with
the release of Jackass 3.5.

It’s claimed that two films’ worth
of usable footage was produced in making Jackass 3D, and so the amount of extras on
this DVD is pretty spectacular.There are more, and at times better, pranks than what
was in the original release. 

Though the musings of boyish pranksters and stuntmen
probably aren’t the most enlightening, scenes are intercepted with an
occasional interview with cast members. Though nothing particularly informative
or constructive is emparted in these snippets, the cast do bring their untamed and carefree
recklessness to the interviews. Even Jeff Tremaine chips in and gives a
director’s view on the creation of what is actually a one-of-a-kind product.

Even after three MTV series, three films, a videogame, and various similar spin-off shows, Johnny Knoxeville and
the crew of misfits seem to have lost not one ounce of enthusiasm. However, it is becoming more and more apparent that their
fame and an increasing lack of unexplored territories have limited the range of
pranks that they can pull off. Even with the advent of 3D cinema, their attempts to utilise
the technology has turned their formula of crude, simple ideas, into one of more
elaborate and extravagant ones that somehow lack the primitive charm, which
made the franchise so peculiarly popular.

Big set-piece stunts such as the beginning
and opening sequences are indulgent, and it’s other smaller stunts such as a game of tether ball
being played with a beehive, or a sports car being used to pull one of the guys’
tooth out that make this a strangely compelling view.  

Jackass 3.5 will make you laugh, cringe, flinch and to occasionally bring a tear to your eye. This won’t win the franchise any
new fans, but will more than appease current ones.

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Doubts have arisen around whether the series will continue, following the sudden death of cast member Ryan Dunn this year.

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