This line is spoken by Navin R. Johnson, played by Steve Martin, in the film The Jerk, directed by Carl Reiner (1979). The Jerk could also be called The Idiot.
Steve Martin’s Funniest Movie By Far So far as content, pretty mild swearing for an R – rated movie, with s–t, and about 3 uses of the “N” word used in a racist way by some rich jerks who say they want to keep the “jungle bunnies” out with Navin finding this very offensive and karate chopping them all.
The film’s title grew out of conversations between Martin and Reiner. Some of the working titles were: Money to Burn, The Jerk (A Wild and Crazy Movie) and Easy Money. Rodney Dangerfield released a comedy called Easy Money (1983) in 1983.
Premiere magazine voted Steve Martin’s performance of Navin Johnson No. 99 on their list, “The 100 Greatest Performances of All Time”.
The Jerk was filmed on over 80 different actual locations according to story notes at AMC. IMDB lists some of those locations with two of the known SFV locations at Devonshire Downs in Northridge and the miniature train ride at Griffith park both of which are shown below.
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To pull, yank, or lift someone or something out (of some place or thing) very quickly, abruptly, or forcefully.
(US, slang, pejorative) A person with unlikable or obnoxious qualities and behavior, typically mean, self-centered, or disagreeable. I finally fired him, because he was being a real jerk to his customers, even to some of the staff. You really are a jerk sometimes.
Jerk is also a very unflattering term for an obnoxious person. Although you will most commonly hear the derogatory jerk as in “Don’t be such a jerk ,” there are many other meanings of the word .
Johnson sets out to see the world and becomes a millionaire by inventing the Opti-Grab, a device which keeps eyeglasses from slipping down one’s nose. But because it also makes people cross-eyed, he loses it all. Directed by Carl Reiner, the movie is largely considered one of the funniest movies ever made.
The lawsuit awards $10 million to 9,987,653 plaintiffs (Mr. Carl Reiner and 9,987,652 other plaintiffs), which would be less than $1.01 each, but Navin makes out checks for $1.09 each.
Today I found out what my special purpose is for. Gosh what a great time I had. I wish my whole family could have been here with me. Maybe some other time as I intend to do this a lot.