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The Jerk (1979)

 -  Comedy  -  14 December 1979 (USA)
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An idiotic man struggles to make it through life on his own in St. Louis.

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Navin is an idiot. He grew up in Mississippi as adopted son of a black family but on his 18th birthday he feels he wants to discover the rest of the world and sets out to St. Louis. There everyone exploits his naivety, but then a simple invention brings him a fortune. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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From rags to riches... to rags. See more »

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14 December 1979 (USA)  »

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Easy Money  »

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Steve Martin's favorite scene involves M. Emmet Walsh, shooting the cans at the gas station. See more »

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When the madman is shooting at Navin at the service station, when the cans are shot at, the holes are formed from inside the can not from the shots fired at the cans. You can clearly see the aluminum fold outward from the holes in the cans. See more »

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[first lines]
Navin R. Johnson: Huh? I am *not* a bum. I'm a jerk. I once had wealth, power, and the love of a beautiful woman. Now I only have two things: my friends, and... uh... my thermos. Huh? My story? Okay. It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember the days, sittin' on the porch with my family, singin' and dancin' down in Mississippi...
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Pig Eye Jackson - Cat Juggler (Steve Martin) See more »


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You Belong To Me
Sung by Bernadette Peters and Steve Martin
Music by 'Lee David'
Lyric by Billy Rose
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Wow, this movie didn't age well at all
17 September 2005 | by (Boston) – See all my reviews

I remember this movie being THE movie to see back when it came out and I was a teenager, and it didn't disappoint - there was a ton to laugh at.

But I saw it for the second time last night, and it had almost no effect on me at all. I had one laugh out loud moment - the "shinola" lesson (mainly just from the concept, not the fact that he steps in it at the end, which presumably is the "punchline"). Otherwise I was deadpan throughout, although the musical number was charming, especially when Peters pulls out the coronet.

The movie was really a product of its times - back then it was unlike everything else in the theaters - it hearkened back to some of the Marx Brothers anarchy - but by today's standards, it just didn't do it for me anymore. There are more genuine laugh out loud moments in any given Simpsons episode than there are in the entire movie. Perhaps it's because most of the comedy lessons that this movie taught have now become part of mainstream comedy, even cliché. If you were seeing it through fresh eyes, it might have the ability to get a laugh (it didn't for my wife, her first time), but it doesn't hold up to repeated viewings.


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