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Hardly Working

Hardly Working (1981)

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Jerry Lewis' first film in a decade stars the comedian as Bo Hooper, an unemployed circus clown who cannot hold down a job. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

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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 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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I was absolutely stunned by the vast stupidity of this film.

October 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The result is utter confusion.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Lewis has described this as his worst movie, but it also may be his most revealing one.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's a bumpy movie, no more graceful than its buffoonish main character. Worse, the star tries to have it two ways, alternating between manic physical comedy and softspoken self-pity. The result if often awkward, and sometimes downright weird.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

To adults this poky movie may seem a bit sad. Lewis' once-manic energy is barely suggested in a few labored outbursts, and his lovable bewilderment is now more like bitterness.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Hardly Working hardly works.

October 17, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Wow. Almost criminally bad.

April 17, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

Cannonball in maven ... eeee ...yeah! My cat could eat a spool of celluloid and crap a better film than this.

November 21, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

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