Curmudgeonly old coot Irving Zisman has just received some tragic news. His wife of 40 plus years has passed away...and Irving couldn't be happier. He's a free man for the first time in decades, and he's going to enjoy every second of it. But fate throws a monkey wrench into this plan. Irving's daughter is headed to jail (again) for drug charges, leaving her 8-year-old son Billy with nobody to take care of him. So, much to his dismay, Irving has to haul Billy across the country to North Carolina, and drop him off with his scumbag dad. Along the way, Irving finds himself oddly growing attached to Billy, and vice versa.
It now has the noteworthy achievement of being the first and so far the only Jackass film nominated for an Academy Award, in this case for Best Makeup And Hairstylingnote .
- Badass Biker: The Guardians of the Children, a real biker gang specializing in helping abused kids.
- Cool Old Guy: How Billy eventually sees Grandpa Irving.
- Dirty Old Man: Irving is a pervy old bastard, and he lets every passing woman know it.
- Establishing Character Moment: We're introduced to Irving leering at a bikini clad woman in a magazine...advertising tampons.
- The "Fun" in "Funeral": Mrs. Zisman's funeral.
- From the Mouths of Babes: Hanging around Grandpa Irving gives Billy a bit of a foul mouth.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Irving.
- Legacy Character: Irving hails from the second Jackass movie.
- Refuge in Audacity
- Road Trip Plot
- Shout-Out: The ending at a beauty pageant is an obvious homage to Little Miss Sunshine.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Irving.