Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)

Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)
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  • PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release year: 1990 ()
  • Running time: 81 min
  • Original Title: Ernest Goes to Jail
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Bumbling Ernest P. Worrell is assigned to jury duty, where a crooked lawyer notices a resemblance with crime boss Mr. Nash, and arranges a switch. Nash assumes Ernest's job as a bank employee, while Ernest undergoes Nash's sentence to the electric chair. But instead of killing him, the electrocution gives Ernest superhuman powers, enabling him to escape from jail and foil Nash's attempt to rob the bank.

1Jim VarneyErnest P. Worrell,Mr. Felix Nash,Auntie Nelda
2Gailard SartainChuck
3Bill ByrgeBobby
4Barbara TysonCharlotte Sparrow
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    "Ernest Goes To Jail" is probably the BEST "Ernest" film ever made out ofall of the films. Jim Varney once again gives us more laughs as he plays theidiotic Ernest P. Worrel. In the movie Ernest is assigned jury duty for amurder trial. Nash (who wants out of prison badly) the man who is on triallooks exactly like Ernest, and switches places with Ernest to escape fromprison. So in the process, our rubber faced nit wit gets to spend some timein the slammer. Jim Varney once again does an excellent job as the bumblingfool Ernest P. Worrell as well as escaped criminal look a like Nash. Ithought it was cool how Varney switched continuosly throughout the moviewith the 2 characters. Overall this movie rules!!

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    Ernest Goes To Jail is the 3rd installment in the popular series, andinmy humble opinion, the best. Jim Varney brings so much humor and characterto the table in whatever he is in. So many jokes in the Ernest movies Ididnot get as a child, however, after viewing them as adults, I find themevenmore funny. Ernest was actually quoting Shakespeare and his arrogantsoliloquies were classic. Varney shines in this movie:doing all thedifferent voices, faces, and characters we have grown to love. What Ireallylike about this film is his portrayal of Mr. Nash,the villain. Jim Varneydoes a complete 180 turn from his bumbling, idiotic Ernest P. Worrell. Thelook, the voice, and the attitude are very different from the othercharacter, which is a what a good actor should do if playing 2 roles.Varneypulls them both off remarkably well. Also Chuck and Bobby provide greatslapstick humor as always, and this film is a comedy classic that can beviewed by all ages. Jim Varney left this old world way too fast, but healsoleft us comic treasures in film such as this movie.

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    Some may say that people will get tired of Ernest. It's hard tobelieve. He's been gone for 11 years and there's still no sign ofpeople forgetting Ernest. If people were tired of him much earlier on,why, I ask you, did Varney make 4,000 commercials? Yes, 4,000. I didn'tadd an extra 0 here. That's unheard of with any one else. Varney wasthe only one to reach cult status with 30 second ads. I don't even likecommercials and I found his thoroughly entertaining. I loved them somuch,I bought them on DVD. With that said, "Ernest Goes to Jail" ishilarious. And, we get to see him play bad-guy, Mr. Felix Nash-quite adifference from Ernest's goofball slap stick. Nash is far from Ernest,being organized, clever and mean. In this installment from the Ernestline, Varney shows off his God given rare talents. Looking in themirror in jail, he tries to come off as Nash by using different voicesand facial contortions. It never fails to make me laugh. The ink penscene is classic. It's so funny watching him try to clean off the inkonly to smear it worse all over his face. Plus, he gets electrocuted 4times in this movie. "Hey,Vern! No one gets electrocuted like Varney,KnoWhutImean?" The beginning of the movie has Ernest trying to startthe floor polisher only to have it take on a mind of its own bydragging Ernest all over the floor and up the wall. Ernest's screamsare just adorable. Especially 4 minutes and 34 seconds into the movie.Any other jail movie would be loaded with violence and bad language andthe fact is, I wouldn't care to watch them. This is probably the onlyjail movie that was free of vulgarity and was still a treat to watch.Varney made his Ernest movies kid friendly-for all ages to enjoy.C'mon, we all know that Ernest was Jim's true calling because mostlyeveryone refers to him as Ernest. And no one will ever be able toreplace him. I know that Vern missed Ernest. He even left a note forErnest at I've read it. It's quitehumorous as well. When I first saw "Ernest Goes to Jail" at 14 when itfirst came out, I wanted a house like Ernest's, right down to that coolwasher and dryer. The 'electric toothbrushes' would be pretty nice tohave, too. Brush all your teeth at the same time in half the time. Weall know that Jim paved the way for people like Jim Carrey and Larrythe Cable Guy, but Varney kept it clean. Though, Jim Varney is still mynumber 1. Of course, with any Ernest movie, it will receive the highestrating possible.

1Peter Steincinematographer
2Bruce Arntsoncomposer
3Kirby Shelstadcomposer
4John R. Cherry IIIdirector
5Stacy Williamsproducer
6Charlie Cohenwriter