Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)

Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)

Ernest Goes to Jail




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Slow-witted and annoying as all get out, commercial spokesperson Ernest (Jim Varney) gets chosen for jury duty, and when the 12 are on a tour of the jail, he ends up mistaken for a notorious imprisoned gangster and is locked in the slammer. The trouble is, Ernest P. is post dumb and the gangster is whip smart and has trouble fitting into Ernest's world.

Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By: ,
Written By: Charlie Cohen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 3, 2002
Touchstone Pictures


as Ernest P. Worrell/Mr...

as Charlotte Sparrow

as Rubin Bartlett

as Oscar Pendlesmythe

as Prosecutor

as Defense Attorney

as Mean Guard

as Washing Con

as Other Guard

as Warden's Assistant

as Gate Guard

as Another Con

as Charlotte Sparrow
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Critic Reviews for Ernest Goes to Jail

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Jim Varney at the peak of his comedic powers, playing two instantly distinctive roles. If you only ever see one Ernest movie, make it this one.

June 24, 2004
New Times

Here's one fictitious Ernest sequel that fits my sentiments exactly: "Ernest Gets on my Last Nerve". "Nuff said...

May 31, 2003

He was convicted for homicidal mugging.

July 25, 2002

July 12, 2005

Audience Reviews for Ernest Goes to Jail

I've never been a fan of Jim Varney, and I find his character Ernest P. Worrell to be very irritating. This was the first film that I saw with his character. This is poorly executed comedy and it just doesn't have anything good to make you laugh. I really thought that the film was bad because it lacked anything really interesting from aco0medic point of view. These films just aren't funny and are more irritating than anything. Varney never really made anything good aside from the Toy Story films. His Ernest character is one of the worst things in the genre, and it doesn't make you laugh. Ernest Goes to Jail just doesn't have any memorable laughs going for it and it just relies on stupid humor that doesn't work. This is one of those films that isn't worth seeing, and the comedic material is poorly constructed and it delivers an awful viewing experience that just isn't worth your time. Jim Varney has never made anything really good, and he's one of those actors that is more irritating than funny. I think this is a shame because maybe, just maybe this film would have been worth it if the character would actually be funny and that the film had a good plot with good jokes. However it doesn't have any of those things, and it's an awful comedy that isn't worth your time. Watch something different, you'll be glad you did, Ernest Goes to Jail is a poorly constructed comedy and the results show on-screen.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Dumb, unfunny and poor made, Ernest Goes to Jail it's a terrible experience to watch with bad acting. Jim Varney, sometimes in his carrer show to be a nice actor, sadly, Varney seldom make a good movie, Ernest franchise it's a prove of this. Always classified as a family picture, the movies by the character of TV commercials, looks that was written by a sadist screenwriter with a great love for torture the goofy P. Worrall, and the audience, in scenes that doesn't look like a kids film. Unfortunately, both, Ernest and Felix Nash, Worrall look-alike, doesn't die in the end (with that will be the last picture). Problem: It's even had a end. The writer was so upset with his work that finish the script without a end. Awful and disturbing.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


The question isn't why did I watch this film, but instead why did I watch THE ENTIRE THING START TO FINISH? Not funny. Not even stupid funny, though Jim Varney was a terribly underrated actor in his lifetime.

Derek Daniels

Super Reviewer

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