Johnny Knoxville’s accountant must have said it’s time to go back to work.
How else to explain “Action Point,” a plotless stunt show with nothing to recommend it?
Combining a bit of the concept of “Bad Grandpa” with an outline for “Adventureland,” the comedy shows what happens when theme park owners throw liability to the wind and let accidents happen.
Knoxville (in old-age makeup) tells his granddaughter about the less-than-honorable theme park and the role it played in her mother’s life. Through flashbacks, we see the ragtag attraction and the rowdy folks it drew.
Naturally, those at a nearby upscale park want it gone (why, we’re not sure) and plot to shut it down.
That prompts Knoxville and friends to up the ante – first by stealing materials from 7 Parks, then by removing any kind of safety protections in his own rides to give fans the ultimate thrill.
They arrive in droves and crash, burn and spin. This is the “Jackass” amusement park no one thought of.
Knoxville test drives a number of the rides and looks worse for the wear. He limps frequently, resembles like a helmet-less football player repeatedly.
He doesn’t try too hard with the grandpa segments, either, relying on makeup tricks to keep him on task.
Directed by Tim Kirby, “Action Point” has the hint of fun. But only Chris Pontius is here to recall what the guys from “Jackass” did. Like Knoxville, he’s slower – and less sure – than he was before. He muffs lines, too, and limits his acting to removing clothes.
While five are credited with writing the film, it doesn’t really have lines that would justify the summit meeting. This is a National Lampoon story that wasn’t written by anyone who worked at National Lampoon.
Mike Judge is among those listed but his contributions must have been minimal. When something like his “Office Space” is considered a classic, you know he’s capable of more.
On paper, “Action Point” sounds like a good idea – a bad theme park that gets worse. “Adventureland” used the setting to tell a coming-of-age story. This doesn’t even both to make much of a father/daughter reunion.
Like duct tape on a water slide, “Action Point” might seem sufficient but, really, it leaks all over.