As long as I can remember, I have found amusement in the misfortune of others. That sounds bad. What I mean to say is (and my reaction tends to vary depending on the extenuating circumstances of the event) if someone gets hurt in front of me, I will more than likely find it very funny. Obviously I’m not going to laugh if someone is badly wounded (I am compassionate and will spring into action – offering rides to the hospital and bandaids as needed) and even for lesser afflictions I always ask if the injured party is okay before collapsing into silent, choking giggles. I do feel kind of badly about this, but I can’t help it - it’s my nature. Raised with a hearty appetite for cartoon violence, I feel like spending my Saturday mornings with the likes of Wile E. Coyote really galvanized my taste for the comedic potential found with physical injury. I would also argue that this particular trait of mine is genetic as both of my siblings share a penchant for schadenfreude, but no matter. My point is, when a coworker fell down an entire flight of wet stairs on his back in front of me – I laughed. When I watched my mother get chased by a gaggle of blood-thirsty, territorial Canadian geese – I laughed. When I brought my infant daughter home from the hospital and my husband insisted on trying my breast pump out on himself, causing him to shriek and howl in pain – I laughed.
Knowing this about my personality (and given my enthusiasm for Embarrassing Bodies), my friend Goldie was surprised when I told him that I had never seen any of the Jackass movies. ‘Oh my god. YOU would love them.’ I wasn’t so sure. The lure of watching people repeatedly and willfully put themselves in harm’s way was great – but it was countered by my fear of seeing something that might make me barf.
‘It certainly sounds like something I would like….but I’m afraid I might see poop.’ I said.
After weighing the relative pros and cons of watching something that was likely to trigger my gag reflex, I decided to cast my fears aside and dive headlong into the junk-mangling world of the Jackass oeuvre. Friends, it was a DELIGHT. Yes, there was some poop and yes I did almost throw up once or twice – but I also saw some of the funniest stunts committed to film. I laughed to the point of having tears streaming down my face and I got to see this – which I loved.
In short, it was time well spent for me and I intend to be at the theater when Jackass 3D is released this October. (You can see the trailer, here).