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Johnny Knoxville and his buddies are up to their gross, daredevil, comic, pain-saturated stunts again - in 3D.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
They're butted by bulls and rams, stung by bees, hissed at by snakes and pissed on by their mates, and all in the name of entertaining us - and themselves. Indeed, Johnny Knoxville (who seems to get less knocks than the others) and his team amuse themselves more than the audience, at a guess. They shriek with delight and double up with laughter at every painful stunt; like when a giant boxing glove smacks their victim in the face - all caught in extreme slo-mo, so we can see the skin and muscles wobble horribly and the head flop.

Most of the stunts involve bodily fluids - and solids. The fat guy in a plastic see through raincoat paddles on a treadmill to work up a sweat which is collected in a handy cup taped to the bottom, for what's called a sweat cocktail, to be drunk by one of the crazies on the team; a man with farting gifts is given darts to blow at a balloon taped to a naked man's butt; and into a bubble blower, whose fart filled bubble a team member catches with his tongue. A man is strapped into a safety harness inside what looks like a portaloo. Smells like one too, judging by the crew's reactions. In its base is a ton of excrement, mostly dog poo with its especially rich odour. The capsule is flung skyward by giant bungee ropes so when it falls the man inside is sitting in a shitstorm - and the camera is there to catch it. (The footage only ...)

There is more in this vein; the film has its origins in the banana peel pratfall, which makes us laugh as a man inadvertently slips on it. But here, the pratfalls are deliberate, violent and potentially damaging, although I note there are no visible signs of bruising or cracked bones. The pratfall taken to this extreme - and in such extreme bad taste - is of course a juvenile excess and that's the market.

And it's not just the audience taken to the edge: even the cast throw up and the cameraman spews into his lens.

There is one half way decent stunt, though, involving a barroom brawl with midgets, when a jealous boyfriend turns up and sees girlfriend with another bloke. He soon returns with some tough midget mates and the brawl erupts. Soon, midget cops arrive, and then midget paramedics. This is funny, especially as the other bar patrons weren't laughing, their jaws on the floor.

Have I mentioned the volcano stunt? Where a miniature train set is built around a volcano, which is in reality a man's bum upside down, from which the eruption flows. I'd apologise for the spoiler, but frankly, I doubt if anyone who wants to see this film will be reading what I have to say about it.

For someone with such a low gross threshold I should perhaps be thankful that the movie didn't smell. That'll be the next thing ....

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(US, 2010)

CAST: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Ryan Dunn, Jason Acuña, Preston Lacy, Ehren McGhehey, Dave England, John Taylor and Edward Barbanell

PRODUCER: Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville

DIRECTOR: Jeff Tremaine

SCRIPT: Preston Lacy

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Lance Bangs, Dimitry Elyashkevich, Rick Kosick

PRODUCTION DESIGN: James Peter Blakmon, Seth Meisterman

RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes


AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: November 4, 2010

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