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Posted: Friday, September 22, 2006 6:55 pm | Updated: 4:35 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The images burn into the retina like the spots you get from staring at the sun. A beer-bong enema. A fishhook jabbed through a cheek. The leech attached to an eyeball. Six vomitings. Graphic, detailed trips to the toilet.

The fellows from ‘‘Jackass’’ are back with another freak show/proctological exam and would-be snuff film, designed to bring out the inner Stooge in us all. ‘‘Jackass: Number Two’’ is grosser, more dangerous, more bloody and even less concerned with the things that make a movie a ‘‘movie’’ than the original film.

Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and their pathetic pals are here to suffer for their comedy and reinforce that all-important message that they stick on the beginning and end of their movie. No, not ‘‘Beverages provided by Miller Brewing Company.’’

‘‘Don’t try this at home.’’

Practical jokes, ‘‘Fear Factor’’-ish contests, stunts that go terribly wrong, animals taunted into attacks and simple great moments in beer-based bad ideas are collected for this new movie. Guest stars from John Waters to Three 6 Mafia pop in to watch the mayhem.

‘‘Toro totter’’ puts four Jackasses on teeter-totters in a ring with a furious bull, who gores a few of them when they don’t teeter or totter out of his way.

‘‘Bad Grandpa’’ has Knoxville made up like a very old man, accompanied by a kid to whom he feeds liquor and cigarettes, much to the irritation of outdoor diners in L.A.

‘‘Lake Jump’’ entails riding various rocket-powered gadgets off a dock and into a not-so-soft landing in water. ‘‘Murderball’’ guest star Mark Zupan rides his wheelchair, for instance.

And so on. Roughly a third of this flurry of gags pay off in some painful laugh, one that usually begins with an ‘‘Oh Nooooo.’’ The sucker punches and practical jokes are almost all funnier than the animal-taunting and gross-outs.

‘‘I am so ashamed of myself,’’ one mutters.

‘‘Don’t think about it, just do it,’’ another is advised before risking his manhood on an ice statue.

What, exactly, does a movie ratings board have to see to give a studio picture an NC-17 rating? Granted, this is adolescent humor, in the extreme. But watching people defecate on camera should be an automatic.

>> Rated R (extremely crude and dangerous stunts throughout, sexual content, nudity and language), 90 min. Grade: D

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