This post was written by Hatchet reporter Liz Zorn.
The latest installment of “Jackass” features the usual toilet humor, crazy stunts and hidden camera-style filming of their offensive acts – but this time it’s a family affair.
Yes, this “Jackass” movie has an actual plot to set up the gags. “Bad Grandpa” tells the story of Irving Zisman, 86 years old, newly widowed grandfather with a crazed libido. Irving, played by Jackass regular Johnny Knoxville in prosthetics, is celebrating his newfound freedom due to his wife’s passing when it is interrupted by his jail-bound daughter (Georgina Cates). Kimmy dumps her son Billy (Jackson Nicoll) on her father, forcing Irving to drive his grandson cross-country to dump him with his deadbeat dad.
Despite the entertaining premise, most parts of the film offer nothing more than elementary toilet humor, such as when the grandfather and grandson duo have a prolonged flatulent exchange in a diner until Irving suddenly loses control and defecates all over the diner wall.
Still, there is some heart beneath it all in Nicoll’s performance. The young actor has had other small roles with Knoxville (“Fun Size”), and here Nicoll’s Billy is adorable and earnest in his attempts to find a male role model for himself in his dysfunctional family. The grandfather and grandson relationship is flipped on its head, with Nicoll playing the responsible, straitlaced one, stealing many scenes away from Knoxville.
His character provides one of the few genuinely funny moments in the film during his entrance in a girl’s beauty pageant. In a sort of homage to “Little Miss Sunshine,” Nicoll performs an inappropriate yet hilariously choreography routine to “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” shocking the high-strung pageant mothers and daughters in the audience.
“Bad Grandpa” is by no means a respectable film — and Johnny Knoxville and the rest of the cast and crew have absolutely no intentions of making it one. The movie is made solely for fans of the Jackass brand of humor and, ultimately, it achieves its goal.
Students have planned a nonviolent counterprotest just hours after word spread about the Westboro Baptist Church’s plans to picket on the Mount Vernon Campus next week.
The Kansas-based extremist group, known for protesting at military funerals and fiercely opposing gay rights, will head to the Vern on Oct. 11, according to its website.
“America’s youth are woefully Bible ignorant and have been taught by their God-hating parents from the cradle that God is a liar,” its website reads.
A group of students, led by Caroline Gimello and Charlie Cevallos, created a Facebook event called “Pride Rally and Counter-Protest.”
So far, about 50 students have signed up to attend. The student counter-protest will kick off around 3 p.m., about an hour before the Westboro protesters are slated to arrive. The organizers asked students not to promote violence or use “hateful or inappropriate language.”
The Westboro protest – which is meant to dispel a “generation of whores and fags,” according to its site – is part of a citywide tour.
Members will head to GW after picketing outside the Supreme Court, the Senate Office Building and the Pentagon, the schedule shows.
The radical group last came to Foggy Bottom on Veterans Day in 2010, when more than 200 students turned up as part of a counterprotest.
Should students counterprotest? Or ignore the Westboro Baptist Church? Let us know in the comments
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
So many promising pilots, so little time. As you go through withdrawals of “Breaking Bad” and “House of Cards,” Hatchet reporter Eric Robinson helps narrow your list of what to watch next.
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Airtime: Tuesdays, 8 p.m., ABC
Names you’ll know: Clark Gregg, “The Avengers”
Watch if you liked: Any Joss Whedon Show, “The Avengers”
Overall grade: B
Premise: A secret government team, led by agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), hunts for super humans across the world.
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is the arguably the most anticipated drama pilot of the entire season. With acclaimed screenwriter Joss Whedon billed as the creator and fan favorite Phil Coulson (Gregg) making a return to the screen after “The Avengers,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” can’t be anything but good.
Thankfully, it is.
Sure, a few moments of clunky dialogue and the huge pile of exposition in the first act of the show slow it down, but ultimately the effective and well-paced direction of Joss Whedon and the witty – if slightly dense – script makes this a show a must-see.
As expected, Clark Gregg is great as agent Phil Coulson, presenting a world-weary leader who still holds onto his humor. While the rest of the cast remains a bit underdeveloped, they’re still quite a bit fun as they blurt out classic Whedon dialogue.
While the show’s final moments offer a tense and emotional scene at a train station, the plot wastes time early on setting up characters. It’s still not clear why ABC gave the pilot two hours instead of one.
No doubt, “Agents of Shield” will eventually improve. Joss Whedon’s shows are notorious for clunky pilots that gradually morph into the best shows on televisions. That said, the pilot is a bit of a letdown after the hype it received.