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66 Ratings

Hardly Working

Directed by Jerry Lewis
United States, 1980


In Jerry Lewis’s first film in a decade, he plays Bo Hooper, an unemployed circus clown who can’t seem to hold down a job.

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Hardly Working Directed by Jerry Lewis

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  • José Neves's rating of the film Hardly Working

    Even if formally it's one of Lewist most unimpressive films it's, however, the one where his wonderful persona acquires a more transparent achievement, being a statement of his politicization and intelligent refraction before a profusely institutionalized society. Refusing work as an enslaving inscription of the individual, a radical attitude at the present time, Lewis gives us back his freedom as an artist.

  • Greg S.'s rating of the film Hardly Working

    Like Lewis' 'Gran Torino'. Lewis seems conscious that his best years may be behind him and there is a sort of vulnerability with the repercussions of even the craziest gags and the plot concerning a clown out of work makes the parallel more apparent. Even the film's style give it a colder feel emphasizing suburbia as a sort of trap for a larger than life character like Jerry. Must see.

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