With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a wacky weatherman tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early 1990s Los Angeles.
Richard E. Grant
Navin is an idiot. He grew up in Mississippi as adopted son of a black family but on his 18th birthday he feels he wants to discover the rest of the world and sets out to St. Louis. There everyone exploits his naivety, but then a simple invention brings him a fortune.Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
According to his book "Born Standing Up," Steve Martin's favorite line in the movie is ad libbed. When his character is hitchhiking, a man in a truck stops and asks "St. Louis?" - to which Martin replies, "No, Navin Johnson." See more »
When Navin is being pursued by the sniper at the gas station, the sniper fills up the car's rear end with bullet holes. Later, after Navin escapes in the car without rear tires, there are no bullet holes visible on the car's rear end. See more »
Navin R. Johnson:
Huh? I am *not* a bum. I'm a jerk. I once had wealth, power, and the love of a beautiful woman. Now I only have two things: my friends, and... uh... my thermos. Huh? My story? Okay. It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember the days, sittin' on the porch with my family, singin' and dancin' down in Mississippi...
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Pig Eye Jackson - Cat Juggler (Steve Martin) See more »
The original theatrical and premium cable showings of The Jerk have an added scene when Mr. Hartounian offers Navin a place to stay. He gets excited about renovating Hartounian's gas station bathroom. Hartounian says, "Navin, it's in here." He opens the door to a storage room. On most edited prints, after Hartounian says he has a place he wants Navin to see, it doesn't show the bathroom dialogue, but instead the conversation picks up in the storage room where Navin says, "It's perfect! I won't have to change this at all!" See more »
Lord loves a workin' man; don't trust whitey; see a doctor and get rid of it.
Why is the rating for "The Jerk" so low? Every comment said that this movie was hilarious! Hey, anyone out there who gave "The Jerk" a low rating, come write a comment! I don't even know what's not to like about this movie. The script is extremely funny. The naive, ambitious Navin Johnson is the role that Steve Martin was born to play. This is one of the funniest movies ever (any fans of my comments know that I say that often, but I really mean it!).
P.S. If you're a worried parent wondering if this movie is okay for your child to see, let him / her see it. It's actually pretty tame. I couldn't tell what made it an R-rated movie.
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