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Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Family  -  6 April 1990 (USA)
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Bumbling Ernest P. Worrell is assigned to jury duty, where a crooked lawyer notices a resemblance with crime boss Mr. Nash, and arranges a switch. Nash assumes Ernest's job as a bank ... See full summary »

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Bumbling Ernest P. Worrell is assigned to jury duty, where a crooked lawyer notices a resemblance with crime boss Mr. Nash, and arranges a switch. Nash assumes Ernest's job as a bank employee, while Ernest undergoes Nash's sentence to the electric chair. But instead of killing him, the electrocution gives Ernest superhuman powers, enabling him to escape from jail and foil Nash's attempt to rob the bank. Written by Mark Hettler <markh@nstl.com>

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Guilty of Maximum Fun in the First Degree!

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$25,029,569 (USA)
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Of all the famously eccentric actors whom Ernest imitates at a mirror in jail, Sylvester Stallone is the only actor who was not a classic one at the time. He is the only actor who was still alive and who was still acting in movies during and after the time this movie was made. See more »

Goofs

When Charlotte and Ernest are in the restaurant and the spoon flies up and sticks to Ernest's shirt, the wire is visible on the spoon as he puts it back down on the table. See more »

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Chuck: We're sorry, Ernest, Bobby didn't know the mace can was loaded.
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References Zotz! (1962) See more »

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Doin' Time
Music and Lyrics by Bruce Arntson
Performed by Bruce Arntson
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Funny, Harmless, Silly, Stupid, Safe, etc.
6 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This "Ernest film" is a typically silly, stupid-at-times one but still wholesome in its humor and sometimes very funny.

The best moments in here, at least the ones that made me laugh hardest, were in the bank with Jim Varney ("Ernest") and a runaway vacuum cleaner. Yes, there is a lot of juvenile humor in here, but the totally-innocent lightweight humor is fun.

Varney also does some imitations in here, and he's quite good at it. He's done this in several of his movies and it is always entertaining.

For those wondering about their young kids watching this, there is absolutely no offensive language in this movie, too. Now that's a rarity for a 1990 film.


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