The Jerk

The Jerk

DVD - 2005
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A rags-to-riches-to-rags story. Navin Johnson, adopted son of a poor black sharecropper family, has invented some crazy inventions that lead him from rags to riches and right back to rags.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, c2005
Edition: 26th anniversary ed
ISBN: 9781417045655
1417045655
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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petercorell
Apr 23, 2015

Navin Johnson as played by Steve Martin might just be one of the funniest characters in the history of film comedies! It didn't get five stars from just about all the commenters so far if it wasn't a classic!

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garycornell
Jun 03, 2014

I consider the Jerk as one of Steve Martin's funniest movie. He plays Navin Johnson who is a classic Jerk. The scenes with him working at a gas station are priceless. This is one of the early Steve Martin films, but possibly one of his best. Yes it is silly, but where were you when he use to wear a fake arrow through his head?!

RoninDRE Oct 12, 2012

This comedy holds up pretty darn well. The writing is excellent and it's very,very funny stuff. I didn't know Steve Martin had done something of this calibur before seeing it. If you like these kinds of silly comedies, I highly recommend this one.

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ambaby
Aug 21, 2011

This copy is soo scratched I couldn't even watch it.

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bdls206
Jul 19, 2011

This is easily Steve Martin's best work as an actor, and is easily one of my all time favorite movies. I would highly recommend this to any fan of really good comedy.

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bdls206
Jul 19, 2011

Navin R. Johnson: Huh? I am *not* a bum. I'm a jerk. I once had wealth, power, and the love of a beautiful woman. Now I only have two things: my friends, and... uh... my thermos. Huh? My story? Okay. It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember the days, sittin' on the porch with my family, singin' and dancin' down in Mississippi...

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bdls206
Jul 19, 2011

Navin R. Johnson: I know we've only known each other four weeks and three days, but to me it seems like nine weeks and five days. The first day seemed like a week and the second day seemed like five days. And the third day seemed like a week again and the fourth day seemed like eight days. And the fifth day you went to see your mother and that seemed just like a day, and then you came back and later on the sixth day, in the evening, when we saw each other, that started seeming like two days, so in the evening it seemed like two days spilling over into the next day and that started seeming like four days, so at the end of the sixth day on into the seventh day, it seemed like a total of five days. And the sixth day seemed like a week and a half. I have it written down, but I can show it to you tomorrow if you want to see it.

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bdls206
Jul 19, 2011

Navin R. Johnson: The new phone book's here! The new phone book's here!
Harry Hartounian: Boy, I wish I could get that excited about nothing.
Navin R. Johnson: Nothing? Are you kidding? Page 73 - Johnson, Navin R.! I'm somebody now! Millions of people look at this book everyday! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity - your name in print - that makes people. I'm in print! Things are going to start happening to me now.
[the Sniper points to Navin's name in the phone book]
Sniper: Johnson, Navin R... sounds like a typical bastard.

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bdls206
Jul 19, 2011

[a sniper keeps missing Navin and hitting cans of motor oil]
Navin R. Johnson: He hates these cans. Stay away from the cans.

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bdls206
Jul 19, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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bdls206
Jul 19, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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bdls206
Jul 19, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
Jul 19, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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bdls206
Jul 19, 2011

A complete imbecile struggles to make it through life on his own, until a strange invention makes him unbelievably wealthy.

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