The Jerk

1979

Action / Comedy

114
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 84%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 85%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 47541

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Steve Martin as Navin / Cat Juggler
Rob Reiner as Truck Driver Picking Up Navin
Larry Hankin as Circus Hand
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Reviewed by Sameir Ali 8 / 10

Hilarious.

Steve Martin's first starer movie. Navin is an innocent, idiot. He was an adopted child to a black family. When he grows up, he goes to the town to make a living for himself. Hardworking and innocent, he moves from one job to another; obviously finds his true love. His simple invention becomes a huge success, thus he becomes very very rich.

It's a throughout comedy. Every minute is to laugh. Steve is the star. He was able to take us on the ride with him. Even the sentimental part was hilarious.

Highly recommended for comedy movie fans.

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Reviewed by ssaimeri 6 / 10

When classical humor is recreated and reapplied per audience, Reiner does it best.

The Jerk – Carl Reiner

A lovable loser and the constant hijinks that lead him from the bottom all the way up to the top… back unto the bottom again.

Steve Martin plays Navin Johnson a non-coordinated young white man born and raised under the roof of a black family in rural Mississippi. A story experimenting with the age-old tale of an adopted son or daughter and his or her quest towards finding out who they truly are.

The main character finds his way around the country, relying on his unwavering positive outlook and quite a bit of good luck. Beginning from home he moves on out to a beginners job. From this job he joins the circus and experiences love firsthand. After losing the gal he drops to nothingness and emptiness. From nothingness though comes the stage of obscene richness only to end again with utter nothingness.

In Carl Reiner's take on a classical bildungsroman, Navin Johnson experiences it all on his trip to understand himself.

Reviewed by tomgillespie2002 8 / 10

A reminder of just how great Steve Martin used to be

Desperate to make a career on the big screen in order to prolong his soaring stand-up career, Steve Martin wrote the premise for The Jerk based on one line from one of his routines - "I was born a poor black child." As so Navin B. Johnson - the dim-witted adopted son of a family of black sharecroppers - was born. Light on plot but heavy on laughs, The Jerk is a shaggy-dog tale of an idiot's pursuit of the American Dream, and his downfall once he finds it, all shaped around Martin's stage persona by the writing team of Martin, Carl Gottlieb and Michael Elias.

After learning from his mother that he is adopted ("You mean I'm gonna stay this colour?"), Navin sets out on the road to experience the big wide world and make it on his own. Along the way, he takes a variety of odd-jobs, from a gas station attendant to a weight- guesser at a travelling carnival, finally making his fortune with a ridiculous contraption called 'Opti-Grab' - a device that allows a pair of glasses to be removed and placed on the face with relative ease. He also falls in love with the doe-eyed Marie (Bernadette Peters), and the two share a lovely scene singing Tonight You Belong to Me on the beach before things start to fall apart as Navin becomes insufferable due his increasing wealth.

Described (and criticised) as a film of 'funny hats' by Roger Ebert (as opposed to 'funny logic' - the reason for the funny hat), your enjoyment of The Jerk depends very much on your sense of humour. If sight-gags and goofiness is your thing, then there is much to love about The Jerk. Martin and director Carl Reiner clearly set out to give you a laugh a minute here, and while some jokes fall flat or come across as simply bizarre, they largely succeed. It's frequently crass but never mean-spirited (Navin innocently names his dog 'Shithead'), and it's a throwback to a less politically correct time when the white leading man could drop the 'n' word and get away with it. It's also a reminder of just how great Steve Martin used to be before he lowered himself to the family-friendly pap he is now better known for by modern audiences.

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