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JACKASS PRESENTS: Bad Grandpa
Harmony Korine’s assaultive 2009 film “Trash Humpers,” which is about a gang of old people who commit the title act along with many other indignities, offended some critics, amused others, and went straight to DVD. But somewhere in that crude, transgressive movie lay the makings of a crude, R-rated, gross-out comedy.
Director Jeff Tremaine, comedian Johnny Knoxville, and other members of the team behind the MTV show “Jackass” and its three movie incarnations have taken Korine’s basic concept, minus the nihilism, and added pratfalls, scatological stunts, a touch of sentimentality, and the unwitting participation of innocent bystanders shot with hidden cameras. Though at times it grows predictable and more inane than outrageous, “Bad Grandpa” gets more than its share of cheap laughs.