A film of this sort falls into the “feeling” category. This is not because it involves plenty of emotion. Actually it contains no emotion. Okay, maybe disgust and humour. What I mean by this is a “feeling” movie is that you really have to “feel” like watching this kind of film or it will completely be lost on you. If you have ever watched a Jackass Presents movie before then you will totally understand what I am driving at.
86-year-old Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville – The Ringer, Men in Black II) is about to undergo a big life change. First, his wife dies and then his daughter informs him that she is going to jail and that he has to take care of her young son, Billy (Jackson Nicoll – The Fighter, Arthur – 2011). In no way is Irving equipped to take care of an 8-year-old so he decides that he is going to deliver any way he can the youngster to his biological father, Chuck (Greg Harris – Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, Mr. Woodcock).
When his original idea of shipping (I mean literally shipping via a Purolator-like company) the boy to his father doesn’t work out, Irving and his grandson hit the road on the most unlikely of road trips. Along the way both the octogenarian and youngster learn a lot about themselves and life.
If you are familiar with Jackass and their body of work then you probably have seen the Irving Zisman character previously. Now we get 92 minutes of him. The premise is Johnny Knoxville disguised as an 86-year-old man who is so inappropriate that it seems weak to label him as such. The 86-year-old and 8-year-old boy travel around the South of the United States behaving outrageously and filming people’s reactions to their nonsense. Examples of this include Irving calling two unsuspecting movers to help him move his dead wife’s body into the trunk of his car and Billy walking up to strangers and asking them to take him in as his grandpa is crazy.
This is not highbrow stuff here, but if you are in the mood for it then some of it is funny. Funny because the behaviour is outrageous and because the victims do not know they are being filmed it results in some funny responses and expressions. Hidden camera stuff does make me laugh because the uncensored reactions are oftentimes hilarious. No matter how outrageous the situation the victims don’t seem to catch on that they are being punked.
The humour is dirty, crass and infantile involving explosive diarrhea, the testicles of an 86-year-old man and drunken behaviour. Don’t expect anything else.
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