The Lonely Guy Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid The Jerk

03/10/2005
  |  Buy to Own: 03/10/2005
  |  261 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Triple-bill of Steve Martin comedies. In 'The Lonely Guy' (1984), after discovering his girlfriend in bed with another man, writer Larry (Martin) begins to feel that he is becoming something of a 'lonely guy'. His feeling of isolation is reinforced after an encounter with fellow sad loner Warren (Charles Grodin), who advises him to buy a fern for company and give up all hope of ever finding another life partner. However, after penning a manual based on his experiences Larry once again finds romance... but for how long? The film noir spoof 'Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid' (1982) incorporates edited clips from the films of Hollywood's golden era, as Rigby Reardon (Martin), a down on his luck private eye, is hired by Juliet Forrest (Rachel Ward) to investigate the suspicious death of her father, a noted scientist and cheesemaker. Reardon is soon interacting with suspicious characters portrayed by such stars of yore as James Cagney, Alan Ladd, Charles Laughton, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner and Veronica Lake. Finally, in 'The Jerk' (1979), Navin Johnson (Martin) has never quite fitted in with his poor black sharecropper family. The reason for this is finally revealed to him when he comes of age; he is an adopted white child, which might also explained why he gets so depressed when his brother sings the blues. Deciding to seek his fortune in the big wide world, Navin sets off on a series of misadventures. He gets his first job working as petrol pump attendant at Harry Hartounian's (Jackie Mason) garage, escapes to the circus and finds true love with the beautiful Marie (Bernadette Peters). But the big time really arrives when Navin makes millions as inventor of the opti-grab spectacles. His future wealth and happiness are assured, and it seems that nothing could possibly go wrong. Could it?