my Movie

Movie Details

Title:   The Jerk
Director:   Carl Reiner
Year:   1979
Genre:   Comedy
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   01.20.14

Other Movies Seen By This Director (2)
- Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
- Summer Rental

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
01.20.14Netflix I'd always thought I had seen this long long ago when I was a kid - and I may still have - but I added this to my Netflix queue because it's been forever and now that I watch it I think maybe I never actually saw this movie but instead saw so many clips from the movie that my brain filled in the rest. Certainly things like the scene where Emmett Walsh is shooting out the oil cans or the scene where Steve Martin doesn't need anything... except this ______, and the scene where he was born a poor black child without rhythm dancing on the porch... all of these things I've seen many many times. The stuff at the carnival (special purpose aside), the stuff once he's rich with the little umbrellas in his wine and Chateau Lafit in a water cooler and the lawsuit with "Carl Reiner, the Celebrity" seemed new to me however, so I'm going to chalk this up as a first viewing.

Pretty late to the party on this one. I thought it was funny, but mostly in a very dated its-as-old-as-I-am kind of way. It's funny... looking through Steve Martin's imdb page... movies like this and The Man with Two Brains, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid... these are all lost in a hazy fog of my early childhood memory, but All of Me sits there in frustrating detail. I guess 1984 is the year that I became sentient or something because I remember that dumb movie like it was yesterday (heavy play on HBO probably helped) and certainly Three Amigos... I remember seeing that in the front row of the theater with friends and loving every second. Funny what a few years does for you.

Anyway, liked this one ok. Glad I saw it anyway...