With Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams, Mabel King. My (pretty racist) MIL recently told me that she stopped watching The Jerk because "it was so racist" but... is it?

Frequent profanity: "s--t," "ass," "bastard," "goddamn." We are conscious that race intersects with sex, class, disability, age, and more, and intend this space to be safe(r) for *all* POC. Although Navin is a "jerk" who is often oblivious to what's going on around him, he cares for his friends and family, even going so far as to send what money he can back home to his adopted family.

A petty criminal in the backseat of a car is shown smoking a joint and offers it to Navin. With Mark Blankfield, Ray Walston, Robert Sampson, Patricia Barry.

Navin names his dog "S--thead." Join now. The stuntwoman's trailer is shown from the outside rocking up and down. Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. The Jerk hearkens back to his days as "Wild & Crazy" Steve and remains laugh-out loud funny. A simpleminded, sheltered country boy suddenly decides to leave his family home to experience life in the big city, where his naivete is both his best friend and his worst enemy. Your privacy is important to us. With comedy legend Carl Reiner directing and unforgettable supporting roles from Jackie Mason and Bernadette Peters, the result is an incredible mix of barbed satire, silly pratfalls, and, at its core, sweetness. A young boy in an amusement park is shown in an extended scene wearing a T-shirt that reads "Bull S--t." Navin's first girlfriend calls his second girlfriend a "gash.". Love and family are far more important than material possessions. Reddit's anti-racism community, a safe(r) space for People of Color and their supporters. Within the film, the offense that is perceived as the most horrific is the juggling of kittens for fun and profit. Posted August 29th, 2020 by & filed under Uncategorized. Thank you for your support. Parents: Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus. All discussions are expected to be from a post-"racism 101" and postcolonial point of view. What to Watch, Read, and Play While Your Kids Are Stuck Indoors, Common Sense Selections for family entertainment, Stoke kids' love of reading with great summer stories, Check out new Common Sense Selections for games, Teachers: Find the best edtech tools for your classroom with in-depth expert reviews, 8 videos excelentes que describen el Día de los Muertos, 5 consejos para hablar con tus hijos sobre las elecciones, Which Side of History? Families can talk about how race is depicted in the movie. The wife of Navin's butler is executed by firing squad (not shown) as a penalty for an early bank withdrawal.

If you chose to provide an email address, it will only be used to contact you about your comment. It's at this time when the salesman returns with the news that Navin's invention is a lucrative success, and Navin is now a millionaire. In the beginning of the movie, Navin is sitting outside next to disheveled homeless men passed out with bottles of alcohol at their sides. He escapes and joins a carnival. Parents need to know that The Jerk is a 1979 Steve Martin comedy that is -- while certainly one of Martin's best and best-loved movies -- filled with frequent profanity as well as the use of racial slurs. Searching for streaming and purchasing options ... Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. See our.

Toward the end of the movie, mafia goons refer to African Americans as "jungle bunnies" and use the "N" word, which inspires Navin to say that he also is an "N" word since he was raised by an African American family. This community was founded by and is actively curated by People of Color. Although The Jerk is one of the all-time great comedies, the content and raw material for the comedy make this best for mature teens and older. Bumbling and naive Navin Johnson (Steve Martin) is raised in rural Mississippi by an African-American family. Reddit's anti-racism community, a safe(r) space for People of Color and their supporters. Patty hits Navin, and Marie punches her out.

How is Navin's naiveté revealed in the film, and how is this used as the primary source of the comedy? To his credit, the Honorary Academy Award winner did face the wrath of his angry fans. He first goes to St. Louis -- where the radio station was based -- and finds a job pumping gas after being hired by a kindly boss (Jackie Mason). Most of the sexuality is intimated, as when Navin is heard (from an exterior shot) saying, "This is like a ride."

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