• The Jerk (2002)

The Jerk

Release Date: November 10th, 2002

DVD Release Date: April 29th, 1998

R |1 hr 33 min

Plot Summary

Navin (Steve Martin) believes he was born a poor black child in Mississippi. He is, however, actually white. Upon figuring this out, he heads north to St. Louis to find himself. After landing a job at a gas station, Navin is excited to discover his name printed in the new phone book. This ratification of his existence leads him from one misadventure to another -- as he invents gadgets, dodges bullets, joins the carnival and seeks love in the arms of beautiful Marie (Bernadette Peters).

Cast: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams, Mabel King, Richard Ward, Dick Anthony Williams, Carl Reiner, Bill Macy

Director: Carl Reiner

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Aspen Film Society

Keywords: Emotional, 1970s, Hilarious, Family, Madcap, Transformation, Underdog

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    William ThomasEmpire

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

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 50
    Ray ConlogueThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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]

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