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Carl Reiner


Steve Martin
Bernadette Peters
Catlin Adams
Mabel King
Jackie Mason
M. Emmet Walsh





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A rags to riches back to rags story of the clueless, innocent Navin Johnson.

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Steve Martin says "I was born a poor black child'. If you get that, watch this funny, funny, movie. If not, hand the DVD to someone with a sense of humor.

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Snoogans 12/20/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Undeniably silly and completely hilarious. One of Steve Martin's funniest.

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This has to be 1 of the greatest comedies of all time

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Jenna 06/28/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This film is so silly and enjoyable, it's like an adventure; taking place during Steve Martin's greatest era. It will surprise you how oblivious Navin is to basic society. You'll certainly crack up at the corny mishaps that keep this film alive. This movie is so widely loved by movie buffs, that it most likely has at least another thirty years in it.

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10/15/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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One of the known comedies of its era. Martin usually partners with a popular comic, this time he holds his own. Navin (Martin) was raised by blacks and decides to leave his home place to search for meaning after hearing a song on the radio. Simple plot but enjoyable especially the hilarious moments about his special purpose and the house having wine as a dispenser. Soundtrack was applicable with his roots and Martin's performance carries the film. The humor was not as impressive unless it were Dumb and Dumber, it still provided sufficient humor with lessons of surviving outside your comfort zone, integrity, hardworking, luck and family. The Jerk manages to entertain despite some minor flaws, it's definitely a better comedy than recent movies of its genre.

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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 ...

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