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Hardly Working

Diarahkan oleh Jerry Lewis
Amerika Syarikat, 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 Diarahkan oleh Jerry Lewis
This is Jerry’s first (seen) attempt to wed issues of Jewish /outsider identity, Americana, and the desire for artistic or political legacy. Opening with a montage (of other movies): Jerry toots his horn in a greatest moments’ super edit. Bracketing the sequences is the typewriting scene in Who’s Minding the Store?. Though it is not a film Jerry directed, it is the only clip shown piecemeal that conspicuously shows craft. The poetry of his comedy, seemingly effortless, credited to hard work.
December 26, 2017
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Lewis’ meditation on clowns in Hardly Working is in many respects a failure. And yet the film is an absolutely indispensable moment in Jerry Lewis’ work with the cinema. Repeated viewings of this film show it to be a remarkably complex playing-out of a frightened clown’s game of cinema.
July 10, 2016
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The story of a comic who can’t help blowing sky high in the family spotlight—and whose desires shiver with taboos—seems wrenched from a dark place in Lewis’s soul. The movie’s desperately amiable tone plays like a chastised boy’s terrified plea for love; the oblivious cruelty that emerges nonetheless (as in Lewis’s embarrassing parody of a Japanese chef) makes it all the sadder.
May 19, 2014
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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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