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.
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.