Bad Grandpa is a comedy movie from the guys that created Jackass, with the same hidden camera layout of some of the sketches in the TV show. This time it focuses on one character paid by Johnny Knoxville – 86 year old Irving Zisman.
Irving is tasked with taking his daughters son Billy across America to his dad. This simple plot-line is what strings together the different range of events to create the sketches – from simply awkward conversations with strangers, to the more thought out sketches such as the beauty pageant.
Johnny Knoxville fits into the role perfectly as expected from his earlier Jackass roles. Irving is portrayed well as crude OAP who has no shame, whether its from drinking with his grandson or running round a bar with his balls swinging like Tarzan. People are pretty much used to from Jackass’ previous shows and movies, so it was up to Billy played by Jackson Nicoll to add a bit of a change.
Billy, much like his Grandpa, is cheeky and outright hilarious. Like many children he is curious and confident when talking to anyone – but not child-friendly – from asking an adult bookstore owner if her stripper name is Cinnamon, to him hiding in a box so he can be mailed o his dad.
Overall Bad Grandpa is a great selection of sketches stringed together which do more than entertain. They question some of the morals within society. The beauty pageant for example shows well the deeply rooted competitiveness of parents that is pushed onto children, and what happens when something breaks the old rules of being ‘girls’ only. The film is great for previous Jackass fans and those who like slapstick comedy, but don’t expect any epic performances.