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Cracking Up (1983)

Smorgasbord (original title)
PG | | Comedy | 13 April 1983 (France)
Suicidal nerd seeks help from psychiatrist, runs into various nutty characters.

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Warren Nefron / Dr. Perks / Gangster / Speed Armeter
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Ms. Sultry
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Himself
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Dr. Jonas Pletchick
Foster Brooks ...
The Pilot
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Waitress / Valet / Woman in Line (as Zane Busby)
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Marie Du Bois
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Bill Richmond
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Robin Bach
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Paul Lambert
Ben Davidson
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Warren Nefron is a hopeless klutz who has some of the worst luck in the world: when he tries to end it all with a foolproof suicide plan, he still manages to mess it up. In desperation, he goes to a psychiatrist to see if there is some way for him to end his troubles. As the doctor talks with him, the film cuts to a series of shorts about scenes from Nefron's life, and the lives of the people around him. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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T'es fou, Jerry! Ben je gek, Jerry? (You're crazy, Jerry! Are you crazy, Jerry?) See more »

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The title was changed to "Cracking Up" so late that when the characters go to see this movie, the marquee of the theater still has the original title "Smorgasbord". See more »

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The chair used in the opening hanging sequence disappears entirely and then suddenly reappears. See more »

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The music stops when composer Morton Stevens name appears in the opening credits. See more »

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not Lewis's best but not his worst either
29 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The best way I can describe "Cracking Up" is it is a medium effort by Lewis, not his worst but not his best either. This Lewis film is worlds above "The Big Mouth" for example. The best and funniest sequences are the ones in which Foster Brooks and Zane Busby appear in. In fact, Zane Busby's scenes are among the funniest (and most annoying) in the entire picture. The annoying part of them is what makes them so darn funny. I wish Foster Brooks had more screen time than he does here but what he does with what he has to work with is very very funny. Lewis's main problem in this film is that he milks a gag on far longer than it is funny. This was not so much the case in many of Lewis's earlier films especially ones not written or directed by lewis himself. Lewis can be very very funny as his earlier pictures (after Martin) indicate and Lewis has a wild and fertile comic imagination that has served him pretty well. But as usual when Lewis writes and directs for Lewis, Lewis the editor does not know when to say "Cut!" and often scenes drag on far too long than they need be. I consider Jerry Lewis a true comic genius, much better than Chaplin, but not quite as good as Buster Keaton whose comedies in my opinion are very very underrated.


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