Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera and the rest of the gang are back to their body-sacrificing antics in the follow-up to "Jackass: The Movie." The film includes cameos by John Waters, Three 6 Mafia and Jason Taylor of the Miami Dolphins.
Big question: Is "Jackass: Number Two" a comedy or just a test of our gag reflex?
Catch it: Pubic hair and feces are still hilarious to these bold, shameless performers, but "Jackass: Number Two" has fewer shots that could make you lose your lunch and funnier, more imaginative stunts than the repulsive original. Yet the best addition to the buffoonery is the cast experiencing moments of fear and concern, which provides an intriguing look at the things that even the biggest numbskulls find scary or sick.
Skip it: If you have a strong sense of sympathy. Many of these gags--particularly Margera's horrible treatment of his parents--are just plain cruel.
Bottom line: There's still something disturbing about blurring the lines between comedy and emotional and physical pain, and a documentary on these guys' day-to-day lives would be far more revealing than more of their childish daredevil games. But "Jackass" continues to spark a perverse curiosity in stupid human tricks, and if you're expecting anything other than morons being morons, then you're the jackass.
Bonus: Finally you know what it's like to do all those things you've been wondering about! Like riding a fire hose, putting a leech in your eye and, um, "milking" a horse.
Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.
'Jackass: Number Two''
Directed by Jeff Tremaine; screenplay by Sean Cliver and Preston Lacy; photographed by Lance Bangs, Dimitry Elyashkevich and Rick Kosick; music supervised by Manish Raval; production design by J.P. Blackmon; produced by Tremaine, Spike Jonze and Johnny Knoxville. An MTV Films release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:35. With Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn, Steve-O, Jason "Wee Man" Acuna, Chris Pontius, Preston Lacy, Dave England, Ehren McGhehey. MPAA rating: R (for extremely crude and dangerous stunts throughout, sexual content, nudity and language).Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun