It’s going to be a fun weekend at your local cinema this weekend, as many of this weekend’s new releases are infused with a fundamental sense of fun. The comic book-based action comedy “Red” puts guns in the hands of Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis and John Malkovich, which makes that a clear winner. There’s also the Hilary Swank vehicle “Conviction” (which is pretty heavy but does have a sense of uplift working for it) and the new Clint Eastwood film “Hereafter” (which doesn’t seem like any fun at all but does star Matt Damon). But really, if you want some pure visceral joy this weekend, there’s only one ticket to buy, and that ticket is “Jackass 3D.”
The whole “Jackass” crew is back for a third theatrical film, this time with even crazier stunts and delivered with the magic of 3-D technology. Along the way, there is plenty of pain and deep hurting, but it’s all buoyed by headmaster Johnny Knoxville’s infectious laugh and the transfixing natural charisma of many of the cast members.
In order to psych yourself up to watch dudes getting struck in the crotch, you’ll need to check out the video playlist below. It contains a bunch of tracks about pain (Three Days Grace’s “Pain,” Saigon’s “Pain in My Life,” Divine Heresy’s “Facebreaker”) and falling down (Atreyu’s “Falling Down,” Velvet Revolver’s “Fall to Pieces”). There are also videos directed by “Jackass” team member Bam Margera (69 Eyes’ “Dead Girls Are Easy”) and spiritual leader Spike Jonze (Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage”). There’s also Run-D.M.C.’s “It’s Tricky,” just for good measure.
But we begin with Weezer’s “Memories,” the first clip from the band’s just-released album Hurley that stars the “Jackass” crew skateboarding, running around an empty pool and standing in for the band members. It has the same sense of fun as “Jackass 3D” and should prepare you for the joys of stuff like hornet’s nest tetherball.