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The Jerk (1979)

Navin Johnson, a homeless person sleeping in a stairwell in Los Angeles, addresses the camera directly to tell his life story.

The white adopted son of black sharecroppers in Mississippi, Navin grows to adulthood naïvely unaware of these circumstances. He is unable to dance in rhythm to the spirited folk songs played by the family, but finds that he can do so perfectly to a champagne-style song on the radio. Seeing this moment as a calling, he excitedly decides to leave home and travel to St. Louis, where the broadcast originated. Along the way, he adopts a dog and names it "Shithead" after angering the guests at a motel by waking them up in the middle of the night, having misinterpreted the dog's barking at his door as a warning of a fire.

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by Anonymousreply 11May 15, 2024 1:26 AM

I'm surprised no one has attempted to turn it into a musical.

by Anonymousreply 1March 28, 2024 4:04 PM

The Lord loves a working man, don't trust whitey, see a doctor and get rid of it.

by Anonymousreply 2March 28, 2024 4:17 PM

"I was born a poor black child"

Steve Martin at his prime

by Anonymousreply 3March 28, 2024 4:49 PM

“You mean I’m going to stay this color?!?”

by Anonymousreply 4March 28, 2024 5:33 PM

You sir, are talking to a ______!

by Anonymousreply 5March 28, 2024 6:11 PM

Pay to the order of Iron Balls McGinty...one dollar and NINE CENTS.

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by Anonymousreply 6March 28, 2024 7:05 PM

Always loved the name of his dog. Anyone who's ever owned one has called it that at one time.

by Anonymousreply 7March 28, 2024 7:11 PM

I love this movie it would never get made today

by Anonymousreply 8May 15, 2024 12:14 AM

I saw it when it first came out, watched it again last year. Liked it even more the second time.

by Anonymousreply 9May 15, 2024 12:35 AM

He hates these cans!

by Anonymousreply 10May 15, 2024 1:16 AM

Hey Harry! Look at this! What's the matter with these cans?

These cans are defective! They're SPRINGING LEAKS!

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