With a fourth installment scheduled for release later this year, I decided to revisit the original trilogy (including .5) and set out a ranking with some of the best and worst skits from each film.
5. 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
4. 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
3. 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
2. 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
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