Jackass Forever: UK cinema release date of new movie, 2022 cast, trailers, reviews - and is Bam Margera in it?

The new Jackass movie sees Johnny Knoxville and the gang return for more madcap stunts - here’s how to watch it

Jackass Forever - the fourth madcap compilation of gross-out pratfalls and japes “performed by professionals” - is hitting cinema screens this month.

The first film in the series since 2010 sees the health-and-safety ignorant gang - now barrelling towards their 50s - return for more madcap stunts and pranks that will push their physical wellbeing to the limit.

20 years on from the original ego-bruising, bone-crushing hurrah of Johnny Knoxville and the gang, can the new film live up to the wince-inducing hilarity of previous entries?

Here is everything you need to know about it.

What is Jackass Forever?

In Jackass Forever, Johnny Knoxville and the gang are back to perform more hare-brained stunts, which often end in injury or copious amounts of vomit. Sometimes both.

Original and new Jackass cast members return (alongside a smattering of guest stars) to endure new humiliations with a high degree of certainty that live animals could come into play at some point.

“I’m a vegetarian!” whimpers one of the crew after he is unceremoniously drenched in gallons of viscous porcine fluid - we’ll let you use your imagination on that one.

Tellingly, by the end of Jackass Forever, directed by series regular Jeff Tremaine, Knoxville’s hair has gone from brunette to silver.

He’s also seriously injured reprising a close encounter with a charging bull, incurring a broken wrist, broken rib and a weekend stay in hospital with concussion.

Who stars in it?

The cast of Jackass Forever: (L-R) Dave England, Jasper Dolphin, Eric Andre, Preston Lacy, Rachel Wolfson, Zach Holmes, Sean McInerney, Jason Acuna, Johnny Knoxville, Chris Pontius, Ehren McGhehey, and Spike Jonze (Photo: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

Alongside star and Jackass ‘frontman’ Johnny Knoxville, original cast members Steve-O, Preston Lacy, Chris Pontius, Jason “Wee Man” Acuna, Dave England, and Ehren McGhehey face updated challenges including the bungee wedgie.

But, there will also be six new cast members.

They are Jasper Dolphin (a founding member of American hip hop collective Odd Future); Compston "Darkshark" Wilson (Jasper's father); Eric Manaka (who had a role in Knoxville's film Action Point); Rachel Wolfson; Zach Holmes (star and co-creator of MTV's Too Stupid to Die); and Sean "Poopies" McInerney.

There are also a number of high-profile guest stars showing up to their bodies on the line.

Eric Andre, Machine Gun Kelly and legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk are just some of the stars signing the requisite waivers to appear in the film - it’s unlikely any of them will escape the Gen X midlife crisis unscathed.

Is Bam Margera in the film?

One familiar face that will be mostly missing from Jackass Forever is that of Bam Margera, one of the mainstays of the original Jackass crew.

Margera was dismissed from the stunt movie in February 2021 after reportedly breaching his contract, which required Margera to complete multiple drug tests daily, according to a lawsuit.

The 42-year-old, who has previously battled substance abuse, is said to have failed one of these tests.

However, it is alleged Margera was sacked after testing positive for Adderall, despite producers knowing he had been taking the drug for several years to treat his attention deficit disorder.

Bam Margera at the premiere of Jackass 3D in 2010 (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Margera has responded by launching legal action after claiming he was illegally sacked from the film.

In a lawsuit filed in California, the stunt man and skateboarder is suing Jackass studio Paramount Pictures, director Jeff Tremaine, co-star Johnny Knoxville, and co-creator Spike Jonze.

Margera said: “I am pissed off, angry, hurt, and shattered that Johnny, Jeff, Spike and the studios and producers ripped off my creativity, content, and stunts to make this movie, fired me without justification, and refuse to pay for my work; I created this franchise before any of these guys ever got involved.

“My lawsuit isn’t just about compensation. It’s about treating people with mental health and addiction issues in an honest manner and not taking advantage of their disabilities to rip them off.”

Knoxville addressed the controversy during an interview with GQ in May 2021. He said: “I don’t want to get into a public back-and-forth with Bam. I just want him to get better.”

While Margera was fired from the production, Knoxville said in January 2022 that one scene he filmed will still be in the movie, despite the ongoing lawsuit.

Is it any good?

At the time of writing, Jackass Forever currently has a respectable approval rating of 89% on the website Rotten Tomatoes.

The site calls the film “a gleefully gonzo franchise revival” that will make you “worry more than ever” for the cast’s health and safety - “but not enough to hold back the laughter.”

Time Out magazine’s Hanna Flint says Jackass Forever is “far more than just a patchwork of bats*** hijinks and d*** jokes,” while David Fear of Rolling Stone says “you most definitely will laugh... likely a lot.”

When can I watch it?

Jackass Forever will be released in UK cinemas on 4 February 2022.

The Jackass crew might have little regard for their physical wellbeing, but the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic still affected production of the movie, and its eventual release date.

The film was originally scheduled to release back in March 2021, before being pushed back to July of that year. A further delay saw the date change to September, then October, before Jackass Forever finally landed in its current February 2022 release slot.

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