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Hardly Working (1980)

 -  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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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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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Rod Stewart (1981) See more »

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Overall Funny
3 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off, don't watch this expecting it to be "INSERT OVERRATED CLASSIC HERE." Having said that-- This movie marks the return of a basically decade-long absence of Jerry Lewis from the big screen. The only problem I really have with the movie is the cheap, late 1970's look to it, which you can get past. There were tons of moments that made me laugh out loud. It's just Jerry Lewis goofing around. If you like him, you'll probably like this, if not then don't bother. A good film overall though and makes for a pleasant viewing experience compared to almost anything today's movies have to offer. This movie sadly isn't on DVD, but if you get ahold of it, it's a nice movie that the whole family can enjoy.


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