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Film review

So-so ‘Grandpa’ funny at times, but it could have been ‘badder’

Johnny Knoxville plays 86-year-old Irving Zisman and Jackson Nicoll is grandson Billy in “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.”
Photographer: Sean Cliver/Paramount Pictures
Johnny Knoxville plays 86-year-old Irving Zisman and Jackson Nicoll is grandson Billy in “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.”
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Strip the danger out of “Borat” and the injuries out of “Jackass” and you’ve got a bead on “Bad Grandpa,” a fitfully funny, semiscripted “Jackass” outing built around elaborately staged pranks played on the unsuspecting.

Johnny Knoxville dons old-age makeup and becomes Irving Zisman, who we meet at his wife’s doctor’s office.

“I thought she’d never die.”

Innocent bystanders give him a look.

At the funeral, a hired black church choir freaks out — ...

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