Updated: Jenna has updated her rankings to include the release of Jackass Forever and Jackass 4.5
The Jackass franchise is a chaotic catastrophe. It’s the result of every intrusive thought you‘ll ever have as we come to realise that maybe whacking your pal in the face with a giant rubber hand while they’re holding coffees isn’t a great idea… It’s a hilarious idea – but seriously, it’s best we don’t go trying these at home.
If the series has given us anything, it’s fist clenching, teeth grinding, laugh so hard you’ll cry fun. Every film brings something new to the table; whether it’s finding various livestock to throw Knoxville in with or reverting back to the classic dick joke, Jackass is peak pop culture, and we can’t help but go back for more.
7. Jackass 2.5 (2007)
Arguably the most forgettable of the franchise, 2.5 is filled with an abundance of cheap stunts and WildBoyz skits that are barely even worth a snicker. It is really no surprise why these scenes were cut from the movie itself. Not to mention that there did not seem to be very much enthusiasm with the stunts performed.
Best Gag: Dizzy Boxing
Worst Gag: The Butt Bellows
6. Jackass Number 2 (2006)
If it wasn’t for the final musical number, this would have ranked perhaps one spot lower. The group teeter on the edge of controversy, going an extra step further than its predecessor and cross the line on more than one occasion. The skits are a little more grotesque and nauseating, but overall an entertaining feature.
Best Gag: Bad Grandpa
Worst Gag: Terror Taxi
5. Jackass 4.5 (2022)
Never will a Jackass movie make you physically retch and gag the way Jackass 4.5 will – and that’s saying something when you considered the grotesque antics from previous films. The .5 featurettes are always enjoyably entertaining; this one has all the wacky details of how a revival came to be after so many years of retirement. It feels like a gathering amongst friends that includes the audience as the team get as candid as can be. It offers an insight to how they tackled COVID-19 measures while using apparent safety meetings to pull a fast one on each other; pranks are vile and taken to new extremes, and the laughs come rolling out with never before seen footage.
4. Jackass 3.5 (2011)
Full of laugh out loud moments, this one puts 2.5 to shame and is a welcome addition to the franchise. Not only are the skits funny, there are so many unplanned moments that add to the comedy – such as Bam’s chair gradually caving in mid-interview. It is also fun just to see the cast and crew struggle to compose themselves whilst filming. You cannot help but laugh along with Knoxville’s infectious cackle.
Best Gag: Ball Surfing
Worst Gag: Snapping Turtle
3. Jackass: The Movie (2002)
Amateur, low-quality and sheer idiocy. The first in the franchise captures the essence of the TV show perfectly. There are no over-the-top, extravagant skits, and is merely a case of wondering how far the group will go. As the team were still relatively unknown at the time, it gives the film a very authentic aesthetic and makes for a more outrageous viewing.
Best Gag: Golf Course Airhorn
Worst Gag: Butt X-Ray
2. Jackass Forever (2022)
The gang return for what looks to be their final shindig and they’re pulling all the punches (and kicks to the balls) to make it an extravagant bonanza. Friendship has always been prevalent throughout the franchise; to see that the group are still as strong as ever more than two decades after starting this adventure is heartwarming. There’s a surprising amount of poignancy and nostalgia delivered in the fourth instalment, and it leaves you yearning for a repeat of the glory days. Knoxville and his merry band of daredevils manage to prove that age is just a number in the grand scheme of fun.
1. Jackass 3D (2010)
With a budget of $20 million, Jackass 3D exceeds the quality of the previous films, making it the most expensive shoot within the franchise to date. For me, this is the most memorable Jackass feature hence the top rating, and is complete with a surprisingly fitting soundtrack to the ridiculous stunts. Although, there are very few 3D elements and the ones we see leave little to no impressions.
Best Gag: Gorilla Hotel
Worst Gag: The Sweat-Suit Cocktail