A still from "Jackass"

Films of the decade: "Jackass: The Movie"

It's smart, stupid, funny, dangerous and gross -- what more do you want from an American movie?


Joe Swanberg
December 18, 2009 10:43PM (UTC)

I don't want to spoil the simplicity of "Jackass: The Movie" with an overly intellectual rationale. It's 90 minutes of man-boys showing off and hurting each other in order to make each other laugh and attract the attention of girls. Back in 2002 it was glorious to witness the No. 1 film in America consist mostly of naked guys fighting and wrestling and putting things in their own and each other's asses.

And deep down, Steve-O is still worried about disappointing his dad! It's smart, stupid, funny, dangerous, gross, human -- basically everything I look for in a movie. I will treasure it and watch it again and again for the rest of my life.

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The best film that finally made it to America this decade is Marco Ferreri's 1969 "Dillinger Is Dead." Fuck that hippy-dippy flower-power bullshit. A gun is still a gun no matter how you paint it, and a man is still a man ... for better or worse.

Film Salon has invited a group of special guests to write about their favorite film(s) of the 2000s. To read the entire series, go here.


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