The Jerk (1979) 2.07/5 (2)


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Rating: The Good – 75.1
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 94 mins
Director: Carl Reiner
Stars: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams

Steve Martin doubters need to check out his earlier stuff, most of all this comedy explosion of originality and eccentricity. Martin plays the eponymous jerk who grew up believing he was black and makes it big through goofy charm and just plain luck. The unique comedic set pieces come thick and fast and while some of the one-liners miss their mark, the vast majority go down a treat. And what’s best, for the most part you won’t have seen anything like it before. Word has it that Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch were so impressed with The Jerk that they both approached Martin to work in one of their movies.

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