October 24, 2013 5:56 pm

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – film review

Dressed as an old man, Johnny Knoxville pranks his way across America
Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll in 'Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa'

Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll in 'Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa'

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa is no doubt critic-proof. Its knowing crassness will protect it against every brickbat; fans will form themselves into impregnable armour. Full Metal Jackass. You either love or hate the thought – let alone the fact – of Johnny Knoxville dressed and made up as an old man, pranking his way across America with a mischief-complicit grandson.

I liked the Little Miss Sunshine-style moppet contest, invaded for real by the boy in drag doing a bump-and-grind striptease. (The Midwest Mrs Worthingtons succumb to seizures.) But at 90 minutes it’s too much of a slight and, at times, self-consciously naughty-minded thing.


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