The Jerk

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"A rags to riches to rags story."
  • R
  • 1979
  • 1 hr 34 min
  • 7.1  (63,666)
  • 61

The Jerk is a 1979 comedy film directed by Carl Reiner and starring Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, and Catlin Adams. The film follows the story of Navin Johnson (Steve Martin), a lovable but clueless man who grew up in a poor African-American family but was adopted by a white family. After leaving home and working odd jobs, Navin heads to Los Angeles to find his purpose in life.

At first, Navin has some lucky breaks, such as winning the lottery and finding love with Marie (Bernadette Peters), but things quickly turn sour as he loses his fortune and becomes a target for a crazed sniper played by M. Emmet Walsh.

Throughout the film, Steve Martin delivers a hilarious performance as Navin, playing up his naiveté and silliness to great effect. Bernadette Peters also shines as Marie, Navin's love interest who helps him navigate the ups and downs of life.

The Jerk is known for its off-beat humor, including a number of absurd and surreal jokes that still hold up today. It's also notable for its commentary on race and class, particularly in Navin's journey from poverty to wealth and back again.

Overall, The Jerk is a classic comedy film that has stood the test of time. If you're looking for a funny and lighthearted movie that's bound to put a smile on your face, this is one to watch.

The Jerk is a 1979 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 34 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.1 and a MetaScore of 61.

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    1 hr 34 min
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    7.1  (63,666)
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