Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Crime, Family

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The laughs start when a crooked lawyer discovers that Ernest is a dead ringer for his crime-boss client - and before you can say "Framed!" -- the switch is on.



  • Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)
  • Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)
  • Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)
  • Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)
  • Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)
  • Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)

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31 July 2014 | CuriosityKilledShawn
| Jail is more fun than camp, Who knew?
Handyman Ernest is called up for jury duty where the crook on trial realizes that he's a doppleganger for his incarcerated boss. After a convoluted switch Ernest if behind bars while his evil counterpart Nash is working night security at the bank, planning to rob it and make moves on Ernest's girl.

It's a familiar plot, and the production values are not that great (what's with all the pink lighting in jail?) but Jim Varney's mugging and the story's eccentric imagination make it a fun watch. It's a tighter movie than Camp though, which I felt was a bit of a false start to his big screen adventures.

It's hard to believe Varney was only 40 at the time of filming, and that he'd only live another 10 years. As crass as the Ernest movies might be they are a constant reminder of an actor who's abilities were wide, but never got the recognition he deserved.

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