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The Jerk

HD   R Closed Captioning

Carl Reiner

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About the Movie

That wild and crazy guy, Steve Martin, makes his film-starring debut in the wacky comedy hit The Jerk. Steve plays Navin Johnson, the adopted son of a poor black sharecropper family, whose crazy inventions lead him from rags to riches...right back to rags. Steve propels Navin through a string of misadventures-becoming smitten with a lady motorcycle racer, surviving a series of screwball attacks by a deranged killer, and becoming a millionaire by inventing the "Opti-grab" handle for eyeglasses-and shows why he's one of the hottest comic performers in the world.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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84%
  • Reviews Counted: 31
  • Fresh: 26
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The laughs aren't steady, but they're persistent, and the film moves fast enough to compensate for its unevenness. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Feb 2, 2009

Rotten: Its humor is successful and unsuccessful by turns, and although Comedian Carl Reiner is the director, the instinct here is to give most of both credit and blame to Martin. – John Skow, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: An artless, non-stop barrage of off-the-wall situations, funny and unfunny jokes, generally effective and sometimes hilarious sight gags and bawdy non sequiturs. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: An oddball odyssey so strange, filled with non-sequiturs so funny, and decorated by a romance so sweet, it was an inevitable star-maker. – Simon Miraudo, Quickflix, Oct 20, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Just plain silly

I love this movie. It's completely obserd and halarious. What can I say, when your name is in the phonebook, you're somebody. Just watch this.

My Special Purpose...

Great movie, a classic! So many great lines..."These cans! He hates these cans!"

awesome

steve martin at his best. must watch if you rent or buy it.

The Jerk
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1979

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