• The Jerk (1979)

The Jerk

Release Date: December 14th, 1979

R |1 hr 34 min

Plot Summary

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

Cast: Steve Martin , M. Emmet Walsh , Bernadette Peters , Catlin Adams , Jackie Mason , Dick Anthony Williams

Director: Carl Reiner

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Universal Pictures,Aspen Film Society

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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]

  • 100
    William ThomasEmpire

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

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