Hardly Working

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"Jerry Lewis: The Original Jerk"
  • PG
  • 1981
  • 1 hr 31 min
  • 4.7  (925)

Hardly Working is a comedy film from 1980, starring Jerry Lewis, Susan Oliver, and Roger C. Carmel. The movie follows the misadventures of a bumbling and inept clown named Bo Hooper (Jerry Lewis) who finds himself out of work after his circus is shut down. Bo spends his days trying to find a new job, but his lack of skills and constant goof-ups make it difficult for him to hold down any job for long. He tries his hand at working in a gas station, but ends up causing more damage than good. He then gets a job at a toy factory, but his antics result in a disastrous mess.

Meanwhile, Bo's love interest, Carla (Susan Oliver), tries to help him find a way to succeed in life. She encourages him to take acting lessons to improve his skills as a clown. Bo takes the lessons but finds them difficult to apply in the real world.

As Bo struggles to find his place in the world, he soon discovers that his clowning skills may be of use after all. He becomes involved in a charity event to raise money for a children's hospital, and ends up putting on a comedy show that brings joy and laughter to the audience.

Throughout the movie, Jerry Lewis delivers his trademark physical comedy and slapstick humor. His facial expressions and exaggerated movements bring a unique and entertaining aspect to the character of Bo. The movie also features several comedic side characters, such as a cantankerous boss at the gas station and a group of mischievous children at the charity event.

Aside from the comedy, Hardly Working also touches on themes of perseverance and finding one's passion in life. Bo's struggles to find a job and his uncertainty about his career path are relatable experiences that many people face in their own lives.

The film's direction and cinematography are relatively simple, but effective in showcasing Jerry Lewis's comedic talents. The soundtrack features upbeat and cheerful music, adding to the film's lighthearted and optimistic tone.

Overall, Hardly Working is an enjoyable and heartwarming film that showcases Jerry Lewis's comedic talents. It may not be a groundbreaking work of cinema, but it entertains and uplifts with its silly humor and positive message.

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    1 hr 31 min
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    4.7  (925)