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Hardly Working (1980)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  3 April 1981 (USA)
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In Jerry Lewis's first film in a decade, he plays Bo Hooper, an unemployed circus clown who can't seem to hold down a job. The film opens with a brief montage of clips from past Lewis ... See full summary »

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Bo Hooper
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Robert Trent
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Millie
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Frank Loucazi
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Claude Reed
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Ted Mitchell
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Sammy
Alex Henteloff ...
J. Eating
Britt Leach ...
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Peggy Mondo ...
Woman in Restaurant
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Michele Trent
Stephen Baccus ...
Peter
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In Jerry Lewis's first film in a decade, he plays Bo Hooper, an unemployed circus clown who can't seem to hold down a job. The film opens with a brief montage of clips from past Lewis movies. He then moves into a succession of jobs that he gets himself fired from including a gas station attendant and a mailman - all with disastrous results. Written by alfiehitchie

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The world's funniest funny man is back!

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Jerry Lewis's first theatrical film in around a decade, his last having been Which Way to the Front? (1970), whilst Lewis' film The Day the Clown Cried (1972) was never released and has hardly been seen by anyone. Hardly Working (1980) has often been described as being Lewis' "comeback" movie. Lewis performed a number of roles on this film, he was a co-writer, lead actor and director, the penultimate cinema film he directed. Lewis was aged around 55 years and was going through a divorce from his then wife Patti Lewis when this movie was made and released. See more »

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At one point, Lewis tries to open the hood of a car. The hood quickly pops up and knocks Lewis on his feet. In the next shot, the hood is back down without having been touched. See more »

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Jerry Lewis as total filmmaker.
21 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was Jerry in better form then anything he had done since the Patsy or Disorderly Orderly.Nobody can make the donut scene any better, pacing was perfect.Jerry captured the times without getting too overly political.The pacing at times lagged some and the camera work seemed to suffer some from indifference.

In totality the movie has some terrific Lewis moments,the post office is the perfect vehicle for Jerry at this point in his career.If the movie were released in 2012 it would fit in perfectly in the Obama age of government that is Hardly Working.I guess the era of Obama has not improved much on the Carter years,I think Jerry Lewis was about 30 years ahead of time or the more things change, the more they stay the same.The movie holds up surprisingly well.A terrific Lewis vehicle.


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