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  • by Wes Singleton

Action Point - D


Rated R, 84 minutes

What do you get when you cross "Meatballs" with "Jackass?" A mess, really, and an unfunny one called "Action Point" that is sorely lacking any laughs or Bill Murray. "Jackass'" Johnny Knoxville stars, co-produces and writes this disaster that at 75 minutes seems like an extended commercial for the next "Jackass" or "Bad Grandpa" movie. Knoxville takes cues from Burt Reynolds ala "Cannonball Run" and adds a crap load of outtakes and bloopers, which are funnier than the movie itself.

D.C. (Knoxville) is the crackpot owner of Action Point, a low-rent, out-of-control amusement park where the rides are designed with minimum safety for maximum fun. Just as D.C.’s estranged teenage daughter Boogie (Eleanor Worthington Cox) comes to visit, a corporate mega-park opens nearby and jeopardizes the future of Action Point. To save his beloved theme park and his relationship with his daughter, D.C. and his loony crew of misfits risk everything to pull out all the stops – and stunts – making for another wild ride.

Directed by British director Tim Kirkby, "Action Point" is meaningless, dirty and at times, just painful (and painfully unfunny) to watch. Knoxville brings along his "Jackass" buddy Chris Pontius, but he can't do much that's new or funny, either. The fact that it's set at an old, rundown amusement park in the 1980's only provides a weak excuse for many of its "Jackass"-style hijinks of people falling through a water ride or dangling from a ride, not to mention many other dirty, lowbrow jokes such as yucky feet or dogs having sex.

"Action Point" is a pointless, unfunny exercise that makes you wonder how Knoxville's brand of humor ran much longer than its 15 minutes of fame. Just about anything would be better than sitting through this, don't waste your time.

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