The Jerk

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Synopsis

An idiotic man struggles to make it through life on his own in St. Louis.

Cast

  • Steve Martin
  • Bernadette Peters
  • Catlin Adams
  • Mabel King
  • Richard Ward
  • Dick Anthony Williams
  • Bill Macy
  • M. Emmet Walsh
  • Dick O'Neill
  • Maurice Evans

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • When Marie is applying the face mask treatment to the older gentleman, she mentions that it will make the customer look years younger. At that moment his wife exclaims, "ahlevai," which means "I wish" in Hebrew.
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Goofs

  • When Navin is talking to the credit card thieves, you see some small bills ($1 bills) on the bottom of the pile closest to the driver and larger bills closest to Navin, but when the angle switches to over Navin's you see the bills closest to Navin are now large bills ($20s, $10s).
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Quotes

    • Navin R. Johnson: For one dollar I'll guess your weight, your height, or your sex.
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Metacritic

50

I didn't find “The Jerk” very funny...There's a smarmy undercurrent in this movie that seems to imply that Steve Martin may be playing a jerk, but that we all know what a cool guy he is. Well, if you're going to play a jerk, play one as if you think you are one, or you might wind up looking like a jerk.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
50

Director Carl Reiner has put it together so that the character (hardly) ever becomes boring, and the Martin-Carl Gottlieb-Michael Elias screenplay has just enough genuinely witty moments to keep the story rolling past its flat parts. What more can anyone say? If you like Steve Martin, you'll love this movie. If you don't, you'll laugh sometimes but wish you'd gone elsewhere. [17 Dec 1979]

Metacritic review by Ray Conlogue
Ray Conlogue
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
100

Loud and ludicrous, The Jerk is a strong contender for the funniest film of all time.

Metacritic review by William Thomas
William Thomas
Empire