#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Navin is an idiot. He grew up in Mississippi as adopted son of a black family but on his 18th birthday he feels he wants to discover the rest of the world and sets out to St. Louis. There everyone exploits his naivety, but then a simple invention brings him a fortune.
Plot: After discovering he’s not really black like the rest of his family, likable dimwit Navin Johnson runs off on a hilarious misadventure in this comedy classic that takes him from rags to riches and back to rags again. The slaphappy jerk strikes it rich, but life in the fast lane isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and, in the end, all that really matters to Johnson is his true love.
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Laugh so hard, you’ll miss half the movie
I’m glad that I didn’t see this in the theatre, because when I watched it the first time on video, I needed to pause the movie several times just to catch my breath from laughing so hard! Wait a minute…was that the first time, or the tenth time? Playing Navin R. Johnson, the white son of a black family, Steve Martin leaves home to find “his special purpose.” By the end of the movie, we all know what that was…to entertain his fans the way he has! As for Navin’s special purpose, if you haven’t already seen the movie, you aren’t going to get any more information than what’s here. It takes intelligence to play a complete idiot, and Steve Martin does the job extremely well. Also take note of Martin’s costar Bernadette Peters, and the cameo appearances by Jackie Mason and Carl Reiner. Whoever wrote that people who watch “The Jerk” will be quoting its jokes for years after was absolutely right. This was the funniest of Steve Martin’s movies!
Funnier with time!
I saw “The Jerk” several times on the screen when it first released and then I have watched it either as a video or on TV (the butchered version, where the dog “Shithead” gets changed to “Stupid”, etc.). I always thought it was funny, if not more than a little stupid. Even so, it’s been quite a while since I’ve seen the original version.
Well, about a week or so ago, my 14-year-old grandson asked me if I wanted to watch “Joe Dirt” with him, and based upon the reviews I had read, I wanted to say no, but I could tell it was important to him. Well, “Joe Dirt” is by no means that great, but I was amazed that I found myself laughing at it. And after the movie was over, it occurred to me that, if my grandson liked this story-of-a-loser’s-life-as-told-by-the-loser, he would at least enjoy “The Jerk”, which uses a similar plot device. Of course, “The Jerk” is not at all as raunchy and gross as “Joe Dirt”, which tries to emulate the Farrelly brothers. But I still had hope that my grandson might enjoy it, so I rented it so we could watch it together.
My grandson roared! I have never heard him laugh so loud and so often while watching any movie. He could not contain himself during the scenes in Navin Johnson’s old shack of a home, where he believed he grew up as a part of a poor but close African-American family in Mississippi. He loved the part when the crazy guy picks out Navin’s name from the telephone book by pure chance, and tries to shoot him, but Navin, in his stupidity, thinks the guy is really trying to shoot the oil cans right next to him, because the crazed sniper (M. Everett Walsh) keeps accidentally hitting them when he misses Navin. And when Navin finally gets the courage to be intimate with Marie (Bernadette Peters), and as we are all expecting an amorous kiss, he licks the side of her face! OK, OK, it’s stupid, but it’s also hilarious! My grandson was roaring with laughter throughout, including the bit about “And I don’t need anything! Well, I need this thing here. But I don’t need anything else! Well, I need this…”
“The Jerk” made me laugh all over again. It has become funnier with age, even though some of the jokes are dated. (By the way, even a classic comedy such as “Blazing Saddles” has become dated due to its lame ending.)
And I noticed that some reviewers actually find “The Jerk” to be a racist movie. Why? Because of the one scene in which the N-word was used and turned into great satire? They must have watched a totally different film than the one I have watched over the years. Or has political correctness totally gone crazy and lost all sense of humor?
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 34 min (94 min), 34 min (Super 8-version in 2 parts)
Director Carl Reiner
Writer Steve Martin (screenplay), Carl Gottlieb (screenplay), Michael Elias (screenplay), Steve Martin (story), Carl Gottlieb (story)
Actors Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams, Mabel King
Awards 1 nomination.
Production Company Aspen Film Society
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panaflex Camera and Lenses by Panavision
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format Super 8mm, 35 mm