The Jerk - Steve Martin

I love Steve Martin in The Jerk! He is just brilliant. What makes it even funnier for me is that he is completely swapped role-wise from what he did in the Muppet Movie. In the Muppet Movie, Steve was a snooty waiter who looked down on poor Kermie's choice of wine.

In The Jerk, Steve is the one making silly wine decisions. Just look at this great exchange, when he is having dinner in a fancy restaurant with his lovely wife!

Waiter: Would monsieur care for another bottle of the Chateau Latour? [Lisa note - really great French Bordeaux, one of the top wines]

Steve: Ah yes - but no more 1966. Let's splurge! Bring us some fresh wine! The freshest you've got - this year! No more of this old stuff.

Waiter: Oui monsieur.

Steve: He doesn't realise he's dealing with sophisticated people here. [Steve realizes with horror what is on Marie's plate] Marie, now just stay calm. Stay calm. Don't look down, don't look down! Look up! Just keep your eyes up and keep them that way, OK.

Steve, to the waiter: Waiter - there are snails on her plate. Now get them out of here before she sees them! [to Marie] Look away, just look away, keep your eyes that way! [to the room of people, which is now watching the pair] You would think that in a fancy restaurant at these prices you could keep the snails off the food! There are so many snails there you can't even see the food! [to the waiter] Now take those away and bring us those melted cheese sandwich appetizers you talked me out of!

Waiter: Oui, monsieur.

Steve: Can you believe this? First, they didn't have the bamboo umbrellas for the wine, and now snails on the food! Two boobs! That's what he takes us for!

It gets even better. In the next scene, Steve's wife is learning how to throw knives. Steve goes over to the side area where a pair of "water coolers" is set up. One has 1966 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, while the other has Chablis in it. Instead of the pull-down paper cup, it has pull down wine glasses. He gets a glass of Lafite and puts a cute umbrella into it!

OK as an odd aside, the "Cat Juggler" is listed in the credits as being "Pig Eye Johnson". I googled that name and only found ONE entry on the entire internet on that name! That's got to be a first. It is of course Steve Martin in disguise, but surely some website out there talks about the Cat Juggler!!

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