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The Jerk (1979)

Director:
Carl Reiner
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Comedy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Supernullet
RUNNING TIME
94 minutes
Producer:
William E. McEuen
David V. Picker
Screenwriter:
Steve Martin
Carl Gottlieb
Michael Elias


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Navin R. Johnson Steve Martin
Maria Kimble Johnson Bernadette Peters
Patty Bernstein Catlin Adams
Taj Johnson Dick Anthony Williams
Stan Fox Bill Macy
Madman M. Emmett Walsh
Frosty Dick O'Neill

 

Review

This flawed and unruly comedy was Steve Martin's cinematic debut, and whether it works or not is all down to whether you accept Martin's intense deadbeat persona. His performance is closely related to the often hailed and funny work he would do over the next ten years as Martin rose to a position as one of Hollywood's leading funnymen. The film is in many ways reminiscent of (but significantly inferior to) Jim Carrey's breakthrough Ace Ventura a decade and a half later. In The Jerk, Martin has some of his funniest moments as he and Carl Reiner construct a universe of absurd, adventurous situations and scenarios. Some of the best: Martin's encounter with M. Emmett Walsh at a gas station and Martin and Peters inside a caravan.

Copyright 8.6.2008 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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