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The Jerk [DVD] [26th Anniversary Edition]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Navin Johnson, a none-too-bright white boy raised by a family of black sharecroppers, somehow manages to reach adulthood without ever discovering he was adopted. His parents finally tell him the truth on his birthday and, shocked by the news, he decides to head off to the big city to seek his fortune. Although he embarks on his odyssey with Candide-like optimism, Navin soon learns the cruel ways of the world as his crazy invention--a device to stop one's glasses from sliding--leads him from rags to riches and back to rags. Steve Martin is riotous in this no-holds-barred broad slapstick comedy, with Bernadette Peters playing his accepting love interest. Jackie Mason, M. Emmet Walsh, and Bill Macy are excellent in small roles, but the focus is always on Martin, who is at his goofy best in a film loaded with hysterical sight gags and a dog whose name cannot be said on television.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 61027340

  • Credits
    Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Bernadette Lazzara, Catlin Adams, Mabel King, M. Emmet Walsh, Michael Emmet Walsh, Dick Anthony Williams, Dick O'Neill, Maurice Evans, Pepe Serna, Carl Gottlieb, Jackie Mason, David Landsberg, Carl Reiner, Bill Macy, William Macy, Helena Carroll, Ren Woods, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Martin proves himself -- often hilariously -- to be nobody's fool....Funny, vulgar and backhandedly clever..."
    New York Times

    "...Martin's first major lead is a wonderfully excessive line-up of physical gags and puerile, sitcom-style set-pieces..."
    Total Film

    "[The film] uses many of the bits Martin was doing in his standup act at the time."
    Premiere

    "[Martin] earned leading-man status in this un-PC classic..."
    Entertainment Weekly

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