cinematic roots of: ‘Jackass 3D’

No movie springs from a vacuum. There are always influences from past examples of the genre, from the previous work of the filmmakers and stars, even from similar films that don’t quite work. If you want to understand where a movie is coming from, take a look at where it’s coming from.

In Jackass 3D, morons with death wishes led by Johnny Knoxville engage in highly dangerous stunts for your amusement. This flick sprang from (among other films):

Jackass: The Movie (2002), which started it all by rebooting the MTV small-screen series for the movies, thereby proving that there is no idea so dumb that it can’t be made dumber by blowing it up, either in size or with dynamite.

The Dukes of Hazzard (2005), for more of Johnny Knoxville as another kind of jackass as one of the idiot cousins in another big-screen reboot.

• Some Three Stooges (1930s-1940s), and lament in the decline of humanity; the Stooges were smart enough to fake their knuckleheaded idiocy, but that skill has apparently been lost in last 80 years.

X Games: The Movie (2009), for daredevil stupidity that is considered athletic, and marvel at skateboarders taking their lives in their hands with every leap.
Where to buy:
The Dukes of Hazzard [Region 1/U.S.] [Region 1/Can.] [Region 2]
Jackass: The Movie [Region 1/U.S.] [Region 1/Can.] [Region 2]
The Three Stooges [Region 1/U.S.] [Region 1/Can.] [Region 2]
X Games: The Movie [Region 1/U.S.] [Region 1/Can.]

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