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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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Claire Trent
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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
Jerry Lester ...
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Sammy
Alex Henteloff ...
J. Eating
Britt Leach ...
Gas Station Manager
Peggy Mondo ...
Woman in Restaurant
Amy Krug ...
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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Taglines for this movie boasted Jerry Lewis as being "The Original Jerk", the picture being released stateside just a couple of years after the popular Steve Martin comedy The Jerk (1979). 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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Finally, a funny movie from Jerry Lewis
24 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Circus Clown Bo Hooper knows no 'normal' jobs and finds himself out of work when the small circus he works for shuts down in mid season. With that as a premise, all his failures since being out-of-work make sense. He's totally and completely lost. The story does end happily in spite of all the obstacles as he finally sees light at the end of the tunnel.

One of the things that made this enjoyable to me was that Bo's first failure, at the gas station, involved two people who are related to his final boss.

This movie is enhanced by the fact that Jerry Lewis 'plays it straight'. He makes no funny noises or funny faces and all the mishaps are believable with the premise that he knows NOTHING about regular jobs in the real world.


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