'Jackass 3D': Turns out women like it, too
There's just something about a man in uniform. Especially when that man is Johnny Knoxville and he's about to be slammed in the head with a blunt object. Or potentially gored by a bull. Or, turning the tables, about to whack a man carrying a tray of hot soup with a giant hand.
On CBS's "Sunday Morning," in the midst of a mostly-scathing review, David Edelstein labeled "Jackass 3D" "anti-feminine."
"Most women," Edelstein added, "the ones I associate with, anyway, are appalled that ‘Jackass’ makes me laugh like an idiot and scream at the screen."
As you're probably beginning to guess, I don't associate with Edelstein. If I did, he would have to add, "except my friend Liz, who is a woman and apparently gets as much enjoyment out of childish, crude humor as the average guy -- including, but not limited to 'Jackass' and 'that's what she said' jokes."
It's true. My name is Liz and I'm a "Jackass"-aholic. I spent one hour and 34 minutes of my Saturday laughing so hard my stomach hurt and produced actual tears of joy. In between, there were a few moments where I had to cover my eyes. One involved a volcano. The other a tooth and a Maserati. That's all I'll say. But, for the bulk of that 94 minutes I was utterly entertained by Knoxville, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, Wee Man and the rest of "Jackass's" motley crew of dingbat daredevils.
There's just something about a band of ragged dudes (some of whom are way easy on the eyes) and their ability to inflict good-natured yet cruel pranks on each other and themselves that is hilarious and, well, irresistible. Dan Kois captured it perfectly in his review last week:
The jackasses are comrades, and "Jackass" is devoted to camaraderie -- to the willingness to try anything once, out of a genuine curiosity about how the world works. What happens if you stand in front of a jet engine? What if an ordinary guy gets hit by an NFL linebacker? Can you play baseball with your penis?
That last question, in particular, had haunted me for some time. Because, guess what, David Edelstein: Women appreciate camaraderie and idiotic curiosity, too.
In the past four months I have given birth to a child, celebrated my birthday, vacationed on the Outer Banks, lost all my pregnancy weight and seen "Jackass 3D." If I had to pick favorites, only the birth of my son tops "Jackass." By a wide margin, but you get my point. Not on my list: shopping, finding the perfect valances for the dining room, reading "Eat, Pray, Love" or an unexpected romantic gesture from my husband. (Who, I should add, was beside me in the movie theater.)
David Edelstein and anyone who thinks women can't appreciate "Jackass" antics are the anti-feminists. And I'm guessing the viewing public agrees with me to some extent, since "Jackass 3D" topped the weekend's box office and, anecdotally, the viewing audience when I saw it was at least 50 percent women.
Bring on "Jackass 3.5."
| October 18, 2010; 3:43 PM ET
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