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The Errand Boy

By Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Jerry Lewis screwball comedy is tedious, lacks kid appeal.

Movie NR 1961 92 minutes
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If you're not a fan of Jerry Lewis or slapstick comedy, the movie can feel interminable. Jerry Lewis comedies are divisive: You either love them or hate them. It's been argued by critics that The Errand Boy cleverly pokes fun at the ineptness of the movie industry, showing that the more idiotic you are, the more successful you'll be. And if you're a movie buff, there may or may not be some clever digs at famous stars from the era scattered throughout. But there's almost no plot, only endless scenes of Jerry Lewis fumbling around with no resolution. Lewis' ability to stretch a gag to the point of being uncomfortable made him brilliant to some but intolerable to others.

Kids might get a few laughs from the abundance of silliness, but they'll probably be bored before too long. And most of the commentary about the movie industry will be over kids' heads or just not very interesting. This is a flick probably best left to adult Jerry Lewis fans.

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