The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida on April 13, 1990 · 176
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The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida · 176

Miami, Florida
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Friday, April 13, 1990
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WEEKEND MOVIES CL CL i g DC tr UJ X i 5 UJ X o o Ernest Goes to Jail should be locked up By RYAN MURPHY Herald Staff Writer The arrival of any film featuring the character of Ernest P Worrell — that putty-faced Playdoh-brained moron of adolescent mirth — is a perfect occasion to brush up one’s Dorothy Parker chestnuts and scream what' is perhaps her most famous phrase: “What fresh hell is this?” Ernest Goes to Jail the third installment of the apparently never-ending Ernest film series is indeed hellish though never for a moment is it fresh Despite the puppy-dog enthusiasm of lead actor Jim Varney who has made a sad career out of the hapless nearly brain-dead character of Ernest director John Cherry’s pathetic effort capsizes a minute or so after the opening credits roll and bobs about moribund for the remaining 81 minutes Root canal by comparison is less painful Cinematically propelled by a cavalcade of near-terrifying close-ups — which offer viewers a bird’s-eye view of Varney’s scary black holelike nostrils — Ernest Goes to Jail revolves around a case of mistaken identity While on a jury duty tour of a menacing maximum security facility our hapless hero is knocked cold by a prison gang and a switcheroo takes place A criminal kingpin (who looks exactly like Ernest and is also played by Varney) walks out of the hole with the rest of the jurors while Ernest is left holding a ball and chain Wonderfully repugnant scenes of cell decoration revenge justice and electrocution follow As with the other Ernest films plot and fleshed-out supporting characters are thrown to the wind early on (although newcomer Bar- IWOMETCOiTHEATRES Earty Bird Special $27$ All Saatt Shew Starting batwaan 4-6 pm $a95 Al other matnees a $300 Senior Citizens & Chddren 3-12 Al Times 1 f Speoal Attractions excluded) a Fri & Sat Late Shows at Selected Theatres — “ — ek or call 1 A Mark of Excellence" SAT WESTON SUNRISE 00 SW 160 Are at 114 St4M "South of SRM-Waal efl-7s Off Weaton Rd (Behind 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Byrge Director: John Cherry Producer: Stacy Williams Screenwriter: Charlie Cohen Cinematographer: Peter Stein Music: Bruce Arntson Kirby Shelstad A Touchstone Pictures release Running time: 82 minutes Violence vulgar situations bara Bush as love interest Charlotte does have the odd appealing moment) Ernest Goes to Jail is a vehicle specifically tailored to showcase the talents of Varney a smug comic who mugs shamelessly for the camera with a face only a plastic surgeon could love (or redeem) His centerpiece scene — in which he imitates Bogart Cagney and a host of other silver screen legends with surprising accuracy and brio — is the film’s one original amusing flourish and leaves one hungry for other moments of wild comic abandon that sadly never come The film is never arresting though it’s arrestable — throw it in the clink and throw away the key TRIAL FOR VIEWERS: Ernest (Jim Varney) is a touring juror mistaken for a convict in Ernest Goes to Jail Ernest Goes to Jail ends — almost — on a happy uplifting note The dimwit is blown to smithereens and appears to be gone from our lives forever But then — curses! — he spirals back to earth grinning dumbly like an ill-carved jack-o-lan-tem Ernest lands not surprisingly with a thud a metaphor of sorts for the mess that preceded his survival “jjftRFu kites ‘ DC© (UHRUETORi "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE'S" HD A N A C A M V E Y In the world of cons Eddie's a pro n i i TTAV11 MtUOl 1 UUUL miMELElSE £ wtwa on snsie ut NOW SHOWING! tMTKJUYSJl MOVIES AT LAUDERHILL unajfiTm MOVIES AT MARGATE tfi-’OOJ zmc CORAL RiOGE 10 nc RtOGE PLAZAS S-40 I CHECK THEATRE DIRECTORIES FOR SHOWTIMES

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