The Jerk (1979)

7.2

Netflix rating: 3.7
Metacritics rating: 61.0
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 83.0%

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A simple minded, sheltered country boy suddenly decides to leave his family home to experience life in the big city, where his naivety is both his best friend, and worst enemy. 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. After discovering he's not black like the rest of his family, likable dimwit Navin runs off on a hilarious misadventure in this comedy classic.

Title
The Jerk
Year
1979
Genre
Comedy
Type
Movies
IDMB rating
7.2 (49125 votes)
Netflix rating
3.7
Metacritics rating
61.0
Rotten Tomatoes rating
83.0%
Directors
Carl Reiner
Actors
Dick O'Neill, Dick Anthony Williams, Catlin Adams, Mabel King, Bill Macy, Richard Ward, M. Emmet Walsh, Bernadette Peters, Maurice Evans, Steve Martin

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