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Classic Steve Martin comedy with frequent profanity.
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This has to be 1 of the greatest comedies of all time
- dukeakasmudge, Thursday, October 29, 2009
The Jerk is amazingly fresh and new despite being 29 years old. The jokes are fast and furious and are held together by a simple plot which is still engaging. Classic jokes come by almost as randomly as Walsh chooses Martin as his next victim. A hilarious can shoot out, a dog named Shithead and some perfectly delivered lines, these are the kind of jokes that get better with age and can be even funnier as you anticipate their arrival. The comedy often doesn't make that much sense but it is a kind of intelligent stupidity. Martin is wonderful as a hapless idiot and his supporting cast get plenty of great material to work with. I doubt this film will ever age and I'm suprised how many of the jokes have not been lifted from comedies since it was released. Though they may have been I doubt they would have made as much of an impact as this kind of comedy is priceless.
- kiriyamakazou, Monday, August 18, 2008
The Jerk is the story of Navin R. Johnson, who was born a poor black kid but on hearing muzak for the first time discovers his rhythm and set out to find his special purpose...Some younger movie-goers may not know this, but Steve Martin actually used to be funny. This is one of his early films, and as such is far more concerned with random silliness and slapstick than the saccharine soaked sentimentality that became his trademark. I loved this film when I was younger but inevitably on revisiting it, it wasn't as funny as I remembered. I think the problem is that the Zucker/Abrams franchise behemoth has long since milked this particular brand of humour dry, so it all looks far more everyday and run-of-the-mill than it used to. But it's still got plenty of laugh out loud moments, including funny turns from Jackie Mason ("he's teaching me to be impatient") and M. Emmett Walsh as a psychotic lone gunman, as well as plenty of visual gags and one liners (the cat juggler in particular is straight out of Monty Python!) Maybe not the work of genius I remembered, but still a better than anything he's done in the past two decades, and certainly a hell of a lot funnier than Adam bloody Sandler.
- garyX, Friday, June 27, 2008