Binge Watch: Johnny Knoxville

At long last, after some delays, Jackass Forever is set to debut on February 4. I’m sure plenty of people are excited. The stunt show was popular on MTV and has led to several popular films as well. While the Jackass crew is a group, the most notably has long been star Johnny Knoxville. As fans await the latest installment of the reality franchise, this week for Binge Watch I’m taking a look at five of Knoxville’s other non-Jackass films.

When people tune into Knoxville films, they mostly know what they’re getting. You’re not in it to find an award nominee, so this list is presented without star ratings, films appearing in chronological order.

Men in Black II (2002)
: The follow up to Men in Black wasn’t incredibly well regarded, but it did feature Knoxville as an alien in the production. He played the henchmen to Lara Flynn Boyle’s villain. It was an interesting and sometimes creepy role in the film.

Dukes of Hazard (2005)
Back in the 1970s and 1980s, Dukes of Hazard was a fun TV series. I was just a kid back then (not even born when it premiered) but I used to watch episodes in syndication, so I was kind of excited when they re-booted the concept as a film in 2005. Jay Chandrasekhar delivers a comedy that isn’t so much an homage as a send up. Still, the cast that featured Knoxville as Luke and Seann William Scott at Bo Duke, the cousins at the heart of the story, is plenty of fun. I liked Willie Nelson and Burt Reynolds in it too. It may not be high class, but it’s fun.

The Ringer (2005)
This might be one of Knoxville’s most famous films, and most polarizing. The plot centers on a loser (Knoxville) who pretends to be mentally challenged in order to compete in and win the Special Olympics. Kathrine Heigl co-stars and while the concept here might be offensive the film makes it work and Knoxville is fun in the role. It’s not for everyone but it has its moments.

Bad Grandpa (2013)
This isn’t a Jackass film exactly, but it’s a close spin-off taking one of the gags—Knoxville as an old man—and bringing it to life in a feature film. In this one, he travels with an eight-year-old and does things to get a rise out of unsuspecting folks. It is amusing for what it is and likely will hold a great deal of appeal for those who are Jackass fans!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
I loved the Turtles as a kid, and the original live-action films in the 1990s. I was interested when they announced a new live-action re-boot in the 2010s, this one with Megan Fox and produced by Michael Bay. You don’t see Knoxville, but he does a pretty good job as the voice of the lead turtle, Leonardo.

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.

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