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Action Point is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Tim Kirkby and starring Johnny Knoxville and Chris Pontius. Knoxville was inspired to make the film after seeing Matt Robertson's 2013 short documentary The Most Insane Amusement Park Ever, about Action Park, a theme park in New Jersey which was notorious for poorly designed, unsafe rides, in addition to employing underaged, undertrained and often under-the-influence staff.[3]

Action Point
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tim Kirkby
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Johnny Knoxville
  • Derek Freda
  • John Altschuler
  • Dave Krinsky
  • Mike Judge
Music by
Cinematography Michael Snyman
Edited by
  • Matthew Kosinski
  • Nicholas Monsour
  • Gerber Pictures
  • Hello Junior
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • June 1, 2018 (2018-06-01) (United States)
Running time
85 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $19 million[2]
Box office $5.1 million[2]

As with Bad Grandpa, a previous film by Knoxville, Action Point features traditional Jackass-style stunts connected by a fictional narrative. It was released in the United States on June 1, 2018 by Paramount Pictures. It underperformed at the box office and received mostly negative reviews from critics, who called the film "boring, by-the-numbers and deflated."[4]



D.C. (Johnny Knoxville) is the crackpot owner of Action Point, a low-rent, out-of-control amusement park with dangerous rides. 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 the Action Point staff risk everything to pull out all the stops.



Filming took place in Cape Town, South Africa on a $19 million budget.[5]

Knoxville, in his interview with Vanity Fair, said that during filming, he was injured more times than his past films throughout his entire career: "four concussions, broke my hand, busted my meniscus, whiplash, stitches over my right eye which required stitches, lost a couple teeth." While filming the Alpine Slide sequence, he landed on his face, feet, and shoulder. After filming, he was sent to the emergency room, checked out, and went home. While he blew his nose to get rid of the blood, his left eye popped out of his socket. Freaked out, he immediately called his executive producer, who told him that he needed to go back to the hospital. The doctors told him that he couldn't sneeze or blow his nose for six weeks. In the last days of filming, they filmed the right side of his face, because he looked like "a Picasso painting".[6]


Originally titled Action Park, the film was released in the United States on June 1, 2018, having previously been slated for March 23 and May 11, 2018 releases.[7][8]

Box officeEdit

In the United States and Canada, Action Point was released alongside Adrift and Upgrade, and was originally projected to gross around $10 million from 2,032 theaters in its opening weekend.[9] However, after making $790,000 on its first day, estimates were lowered to $2–3 million. It ended up debuting to $2.3 million and finishing ninth, the worst opening of Knoxville's career and 23rd lowest-ever for a wide release.[4] Deadline Hollywood attribute the low figure to the lack of Jackass stars in the film sans Knoxville, poor critical reviews and the difficulty of promoting an original R-rated comedy.[5]

Critical responseEdit

On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 20% based on 29 reviews, and an average rating of 3.4/10. The site's critical consensus simply reads, "Ouch."[10] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 37 out of 100, based on 17 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[11] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C+" on an A+ to F scale.[4]


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