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Ernest Goes to Africa1997

Ernest Goes to Africa (1997)





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Slapstick handyman Ernest is in love and wants to buy a bauble for his gal Renee, so he goes to a local flea market and buys a couple of shiny faux jewels. He has no idea that they are real and that they were stolen from a sacred African idol by a crooked adventurer. He also does not know that a villainous Arab prince is impatiently waiting for the stones to arrive. and so he thinks nothing of making the cheap "rocks" into a yo-yo. When the explorer's henchmen discover that the witless Ernest has the jewels, they kidnap him and his girlfriend to the "Dark Continent" where they have all kinds of crazy, comical adventures.

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Jim Varney
as Ernest
Robert Whitehead
as Prince Kazim
Zane Meas
as Jameen
Hector Rabotapi
as Lead Hunter
Washington Sixolo
as Sinkatutu Chief
Ian Yule
as Old Man at Flea Market
David Germond
as Stealin' White Man
John Cherry
as Customer
Nicola Chapman
as Uptight Lady
John Whitely
as Doorman
Jeffrey Michael
as Distinguished Man
Fats Bookholane
as Older Zulu Man
Sello Dlamini
as Younger Zulu Man
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Critic Reviews for Ernest Goes to Africa

All Critics (2)

A ridiculous movie, packed full of ridiculous commentary.

August 30, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

One of the worst movies I've ever seen.

August 30, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ernest Goes to Africa

Just when you thought that he'd been everywhere and done everything, Ernest Goes to Africa. The series is really scraping the bottom of the barrel with this one. The plot is completely convoluted and the characters are all clown shoes. The jokes are obvious and sophomoric, and Varney's heart isn't in any of it. Monotonous tripe, Ernest Goes to Africa is a steaming pile of elephant dung.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

I'm a big Ernest fan and this one was a bit darker for an Ernest movie. But Varney is hilarious. I laugh myself in stitches to see him dressed as a Harem Girl and when he gets kissed by that man. I have to say, Varney doesn't look half bad in false eye lashes and a blond wig. He's just about the only guy I know that can get away with dressing like a woman. Varney also brings out 'Auntie Nelda' who is so funny and a new character, 'Hey, You'. This and one other movie, 'Ernest in the Army' was the last Ernest picture. Unfortunately, Varney passed away just before finishing 'Ernest the Pirate', which I would have loved to have seen. Poor Ernest never got the girl, but I think he could've done better any way. He tried so hard to win her over only to be snubbed in the end. I would've went out on a date with Ernest rather than 'Todd Lavsky'. The only schmo in the movie was Renee for putting Ernest through all that. I would've dropped everything for an African adventure with Ernest. I love the apricot smash and at the end when Ernest accidently smashes the ostrich egg on his head and did the 'ewwwww' thing. He could make some of the craziest faces and still be cute. R.I.P. Jim Varney. You are missed.

Stacy Avary
Stacy Avary

Super Reviewer

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