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More stunts, pranks, and gross-out humor from Johnny Knoxville and company, whose MTV reality show Jackass and big-screen hit Jackass: The Movie have pushed the lowbrow as low as it will go. Parts of this are screamingly funny (a groupie's love note, posted on the wall of a hotel corridor, that conceals a spring-wired boxing glove), other parts downright stomach turning (drinking a glass of horse semen on a dare), but you have to admire the fact that, for these guys, “anything for a laugh” really means anything. And for all the moronic behavior, there are also some inspired dadaist moments (a staged gang war between white and black midgets that mystifies onlookers). The movie opens with a parody of the running of the bulls at Pamplona and near the end pays homage to the collapsing-house-front gag from Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill, Jr.—barbed reminders that some of our hallowed cultural artifacts also traded in cheap thrills. R, 95 min.

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