3.22.2009

Very Random "The Jerk" Thoughts

Watched most of this movie yesterday with a friend, and discovered:
  • It's still very funny
  • When Navin R. Johnson filled up a gas tank, he told the customer (a group of gang bangers) the charge was $26 and change. And that was in 1979 dollars.
  • When he gets a check for $250,000 for developing the "Opti-Grab", it was the same as being insanely rich.
  • Bernadette Peters was hot.
  • The sniper after Navin was the same guy that uttered the phrase, "No, not that mother scratcher! Bill Parker!" in Raising Arizona.
  • I still laugh when Navin yells, "He hates these cans!" as the sniper misses him and strikes the oil cans next to him. (Photo above)
  • I remember the process of looking up a credit card in a booklet of thousands of numbers to check to see if it was stolen (as Navin does.)
  • The funny/romantic scene on youtube.
  • Random girl on youtube singing the song from the funny/romantic scene. And another. I'd marry either one of those girls based on principle.
  • I'll be dang, here's a guy who did. (Greatest couple ever?)
  • The original trailer to the movie -- which didn't do it justice.
  • Steve Martin was 34 when the movie was released.
  • I digress, but my favorite Steve Martin role maybe the little seen Shop Girl.
  • The name of the movie has always confused me. The last thing that Navin R. Johnson was, was a jerk.
  • Aww, the heck with it. Here are all the memorable quotes.

17 comments:

Jarhead said...

What a co-inky-dink. I just had a Cup O' Pizza for dinner. Wait. Maybe it was Pizza-In-A-Cup.

Anonymous said...

And to think it was Mzchiefs film debut. She was the biker stunt lady. Steve just told her to act naturally.

wordkyle said...

As much as I enjoy The Jerk, I think Martin's best role was either as C.D. Bales in Roxanne ("I love your shoes...") or as Lucky Day in Three Amigos. (Fave line: "Would you say I have a plethora of pinatas?")

Anonymous said...

ahhh...1979. That was a vintage year.

Anonymous said...

Barry's watching movies with his companion again!
This should be on "Gay or Not Gay"

It's gay!

The Donald said...

I watched The Jerk from a lawn chair in the back of a pick-up at the Century 4 drive-in in Grand Prairie, and in college, frequently told people my parents were poor black sharecroppers.

I like both of Wordy's picks, but would have to add the tour-de-force All of Me (great physical comedy in the urinal scene), as well as The Man With Two Brains, and let's not forget Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

A few years back, a co-worker tried to 'diss' me by calling me Steve Martin, implying that I was 'whitebread', I suppose. Of course, I took it as a compliment. Ghetto, I'm not.

I scoured the party stores to find a 'fake-arrow-through-the-head' to wear around the office to tweak the guy...

RPM said...

I have a special purpose!

Steve Martin's best role was Jonas Nightingale in Leap of Faith. Can I get an Amen?

Anonymous said...

Three Amigo's all the way!!!

"Would you like to kiss me on the veranda?"

gern blansten said...

I love all of the above, but my fave is All Of Me with Lily Tomlin. Think about it. Steve Martin was a man acting like he had a woman inside of him who was acting like a man! It's dizzying thinking about it. Particularly when he was trying to walk when Lily Tomlin didn't want to...

My favorite line of the movie...

"Put Edwina back in bowl!"

Love,
gern

Anonymous said...

Steve Martin=Not Funny!

Anonymous said...

Steve Martin plays the Banjo.

Anonymous said...

BuBear, isn't it funny how I never seen this movie but was predicting every scene like crazy. Good movie...Good times.

Anonymous said...

Saw Steve Martin on SNL this week = very not funny. However, all of the above mentioned movies brought back really funny memories. Gotta re-see some of 'em.

gern blansten said...

Anyone want to see some good old stuff, go to youtube and put in "statev martin - gong show"

laugh out loud funny. and he's PLAYING THE BANJO (no double entendre intended)!

love,
gern

gern blansten said...

sorry, meant "steve"...


gern

Anonymous said...

Three Amigos. "Are you the singing bush"? And, "we're not Mexican, we're from out of town". And Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. "May I take your trident, sir"? "Yessss..." Man that is good stuff.

Anonymous said...

...Dancin' by the Nile...he ate a crocodile...King Tut!