Comedy has drastically changed over the years. Today, we are inundated with graphic comedy that capitalizes on gross-out gags, vulgarity, and lots of farts. Don’t get me wrong, all of these things have their merits, but sometimes — more often lately — the field seems a bit saturated. For every Neighbors, there are 10 movies that completely miss the mark and overload us with vulgar humor.
Steve Martin, one of the best comedians to ever live, is a genuine “funny guy” who successfully blended stupid and vulgar humor. The balance seemed to always be intact. So, let’s rewind back to 1979 to take a look at some of the best quotes from The Jerk.
“Well, if this is out there, think how much more is out there. This is the kinda music that tells me to go out there and BE somebody!”
Ultimately, The Jerk is about a young boy-man who wants to experience the world. He wants to see the sights and meet the people. But what’s the catalyst? Rhythm, my friend. Rhythm. Navin feels the beat of the world around him, and it’s enough to catapult him out of bed and into the great playground of stupidity.
“See that? That’s sh*t. See that? That’s Shinola.” – Father
Navin always had a tough time detecting if things were bullsh*t or real. After having his dad tell him a blatant difference between a branded leather product and a pile of sh*t on the ground, Navin proceeds to step right on in it. Atta boy, Navin. We love you. Through the whole movie he seems to think he sees through the sh*t, but he’s always getting conned (eg: cat juggling by way of Father Carlos).