Iffy for 17+
Slightly less offensive "Jackass" movie with more heart.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bad Grandpa is the latest comedy from Johnny Knoxville and the Jackass crew. Rather than unrelated stunts, this one has a loose story and characters upon which to hang its hidden-camera pranks. The overall tone is lighter, less offensive and with more heart, although parents should keep in mind that the level of vulgarity and sexual innuendo is still very high. There are a few "stunts," some arguing and fighting, and an old lady's supposed corpse that's dragged around throughout the movie. There are some sensitive, albeit fake rubber body parts shown and very strong, constant sexual innuendo (grandpa is forever trying and failing to pick up women). Language is strong and varied, but not constant; it includes "s--t," "f--k," and "p---y," as well as most other words. The eight year-old actor says some of these words and drinks beer in one scene ("Grandpa, I'm f--king wasted..."). Grandpa is shown drinking, and drunk, fairly often.
- Families can talk about the appeal of practical jokes. Why is it funny to watch others being fooled? Do any of these jokes cross the line? How?
- What is funny about an old man and a young boy doing all these bad things?
- This movie doesn't have the usual "Jackass" disclaimer about not trying these stunts at home. Do you suppose these jokes, pranks, and stunts are safer to try?
- Why isn't it a good idea for children to drink alcohol? Why is this moment in the movie so shocking (to us and to passersby)?
- What kinds of stereotypes does the movie use as jokes?
The good stuff
Messages: Firstly, this movie exposes (or seemingly exposes) an 8-year-old boy to all kinds of strong language, sex talk and sexual innuendo, stereotyping, alcohol, robbery, dead bodies, and all around bad behavior. But on the other hand, the grandpa and boy eventually do form a real family bond, and even though they continue their negative behavior to some extent at the end, they seem to have formed a strong unit.
Role models: The grandpa's behavior is constantly inappropriate with no consequences, and he exposes the little boy to all of it. Even though the grandpa and the boy love each other, you can't help thinking that the boy could do better.
What to watch for
Violence: This movie has less than the usual amount of dangerous "Jackass"-type stunts, though there are a few, such as when grandpa tries to fix a kiddie ride and finds himself catapulted through a store window. There's also some arguing and fighting, and some angry bystanders who don't know that they're being fooled. In one scene, a barroom full of "Hell's Angel"-types look about ready to beat up one of the actors. Grandpa's wife dies in the first scene, and her "corpse" (played by Spike Jonze) is carried around, dropped, stuffed in a trunk, and thrown off a bridge.
Sex: The movie shows Grandpa's fake, rubber penis stuck in a vending machine (it stretches as he tries to pull it out), as well as some fake, rubber testicles that hang down from beneath his tighty-whity underpants. A fake fish with human genitalia is shown. During the end credits, grandpa shows his rear from a car window. One scene takes place in a strip bar, with suggestive male dancers, but no nudity is shown. Mostly, the movie is filled with constant innuendo as grandpa tries (and fails) to pick up women. He uses all kinds of highly vulgar terms, pick-up lines, and stories. Many of these appear to be spoken in front of his eight year-old co-star. The characters also read magazines with ads and photos that feature strong sexual innuendo.
Language: Language isn't as constant as you might imagine, but it does include lots of uses of "f--k," "s--t," and "poontang," as well as one or two uses of "p---y," "dick," the "N" word, "c--k," "suck it," "prick," "God," "Jesus," "damn," "schmeckle," "cooter," "Jesus Christ," "camel toe," "jerkoff," "ass," "piss," and "a--hole." The middle finger gesture is used. The words "douche" and "faggot" are spelled out (the latter spelled wrong on purpose). The 8-year-old co-star says some of these words himself.
Consumerism: Most product names appear to be shown by accident. A Pepsi can is prominent in a couple of shots during a bingo game. One scene takes place in a convenience store, where many brand names are visible on the shelves.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: In one scene, grandpa drinks a six-pack of beer with the boy (trying to get a rise out of passersby). The boy spits out the beer but appears to drink more. At one point, he says, "Grandpa, I'm f--king wasted." In a few other scenes, grandpa is shown drinking, and drunk; his beverages include beer and margaritas. In an early scene, the boy's biological father is shown smoking a bong during a Skype chat.
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The entire theatre was laughing. This is a great movie! by jen76johnson
I don't know how anyone could give this a bad review. I consider myself a tough critic. Takes a lot for me to really enjoy a good movie. Honestly, the whole theatre was busting out laughing throughout almost the whole film. There were only a few spots when the story line is highlighted, where you do not. Honestly, I don't think I have ever laughed so much at a movie. ever. Unless you have literally no sense of humor. This is a must see.
Hilarious!!!! by dcali
Of course we are huge Jackass fans, BUT, the whole theater was laughing!! I have to see this again because the parts I was laughing so hard I cried blurred my vision and the hidden camera reactions are priceless. BONUS--a family who brought their KIDS walked out halfway through! Yeah, It's Rated R for a reason.
Funny and heartwarming by Muerto Cupcake
I am a LONGTIME original Jackass fan, when they were just underground videos...and fast forward to now, I am pleasantly shocked they were able to integrate their gags into a real *cough cough* "movie"...and appeal to a wider audience. I have always loved Johnny and his team's humor and that they just wanted to have fun themselves and just started taping it. The makeup job on Grandapa is so good now compared to earlier skits he appeared in. Crass or not, I applaud them just doing what amuses them no matter what people think. My favorites are the male strip club and the penguin. Sometimes you just have to LAUGH and not take life so seriously. Sometimes you just gotta play a good game of nutball.
Very Funny by sgreene059
I'm not a fan of the Jackass Show or Movie, but this is one of the funniest movie I've seen in a long time. Normally the trailers show the most funniest of the movie then you're disappointed when you get there, but this was different with a lot more funny scenes. Even the trailer scenes were funny seeing them in the movie.
Bad Grampa by BRNORBERG
Johnny Knoxville did not disappoint in Bad Grandpa. The grandson (Jackson Nicoll) was also hilarious. Bad Grandpa was crude and cringeworthy , of course I wouldn't expect anything less from a Jackass movie. The laughs just keep on coming in this one . A little advice, go to a later showing when the theatre is full it makes for a better experience.
Bad Grandpa by pwiracing
One of the funniest movie's ever. My kids and & I were sad when it was over. The one bad thing about the movie, it was to short. Leave them wanting more was achieved.
Bad Grandapa by boogeyman1611
this movie was terrible,i love the jackass and jonny knox movies,but this was a swing and a miss.dont waste your money, its that bad.
Impressed by stevenp2324
From the trailer i knew this was going to be somewhat funny. Seemed a bit cheesy but when i saw it i was really surprised and impressed with the direction they went. It features a story about a boy with a mother going to jail and she needs to have his grandpa(johnny Knoxville) bring him across the US to his dad. It blends reality with story into a very interesting way. Some scenes are acting for the story, and some scenes are the reactions to the pranks which are hilarious. Knoxville once said the best part about being in the old guy suit in Jackass the movie was he could pull his old pranks without having people know it was him and he does it perfectly in the movie. This is a great movie and i was laughing alot throughout the whole movie. Yes it is raunchy and "childish" humor if you want to call it that but it is defiantly very very funny.
So So by bpettet
It was disappointing that all of the funny parts of the movie were broadcast on commercial for weeks before it was released in theaters. There very few scenes where we didn't already know what was about to happen.
I guess if you like Jack-ass... by Greymyst
There were a few (very few) parts that were so stupid they were funny, a few more where it was so stupid, it was disgusting, and the rest were so stupid, they were stupid. This movie was two hours of my life I won't get back. Almost would have rather watched static.
Oh yea, don't take kids. If you do, don't complain about any of the stupid stuff they do at home...