Everybody comes to Jackass to see guys perform real stunts and watch them get injured in hilarious, real fashion. With fans of the show and the movies, they will most likely be looking forward to what comes next from them. And taking an example out of Bad Grandpa, Action Point actually follows a narrative-plot structure with Johnny Knoxville and his buddy Chris Pontius doing crazy antics without any consequences. Would being stuck on a rollercoaster be for fun than sitting through this again? Yes.
What’s the Story?: While looking after his granddaughter, D.C. (Johnny Knoxville) tells her the story of how he used to run an amusement park called “Action Point” back in 1979. The low- rent park was known for having dangerous rides and unsafe protection. Once word of mouth about another park is opening nearby, it’s up to D.C., his teenage daughter Boogie (Eleanor Worthington Cox), and his crew must do whatever it takes to keep the park running.
The concept of Action Point comes from the fact that this was inspired by an actual infamous theme park Action Park in New Jersey. Even with that case, it could make for a fairly entertaining time for fans of Jackass. But the trailer didn’t look all that interesting. Even for a character named “D.C.”, Action Point proves to be a total mess with how unfunny this turned out be while watching this 85-minute piece of crap.
Every single joke didn’t make me laugh as they’re boring with some of the poorest execution to all of them. This didn’t make me laugh at how much the team was trying to provide. Spoiler Alert: one of the last jokes from the trailer is at the end. It comes to a very good reason why people get hurt stopped being funny for a long time. A bear drinking beer? That’s your running joke?
If anybody was really looking forward to the crazy stunts in this, it’s very tame because it really doesn’t go all that extreme. A string of gags that are pointless that would make anyone will at a try not to laugh challenge. Knoxville, at 47-years-old, still tries to make this a living, and it’s shocking how he’s still alive.
With a story like this shown through a flashback, there wasn’t an effort to put together an actual storyline. It feels like director Tim Kirkby and its handful of writers (one of which is Mike Judge) wanted to make something that’s a combination of Meatballs, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, and Adventureland. Basically, it’s just scenes of how the crew can improve the park with dull results. At no point where I cared about this park because it’s a lawsuit in a lot of levels. No wonder Dan Bakkedahl’s real estate developer wants to close it down. In general, the movie had me not caring about anyone or anything. And when they try to evoke small emotional moments with D.C. and Boogie, it’s pretty pathetic.
Maybe it’s a good thing that this wasn’t marketed that much because nobody was interested when this was coming out. This could’ve been a surprise as Action Point really wanted to be an enjoyable underdog story for adults to perfectly like, but it isn’t, it’s essentially a boring and dull comedy that isn’t gonna be remembered any anybody.
Action Point fails to be fun in any way, shape, or form for a comedy that couldn’t be saved by the lack of humor and an unresponsive plot. Grade: F
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