Hardly Working (1981) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Hardly Working (1981)




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Jerry Lewis' first film in a decade stars the comedian as Bo Hooper, an unemployed circus clown who cannot hold down a job.


Jerry Lewis
as Bo Hooper
Susan Oliver
as Claire Trent
Roger C. Carmel
as Robert Trent
Harold J. Stone
as Frank Loucazi
Steve Franken
as Steve Torres
Buddy Lester
as Claude Reed
Leonard Stone
as Ted Mitchell
Britt Leach
as Gas Station Owner
Peggy Mondo
as Woman in Restaurant
Amy Krug
as Michele
Lou Marsh
as Clown
Bob May
as Clown
Angela Bomford
as Curio Lady
Jack Wakefield
as Disco Manager
Woody Woodbury
as Policeman
Charles Pitts
as Policeman
Ed Blessington
as Policeman
Jordana Wester
as Lady in House
John DiSanti
as Newsman
Bobby Kosser
as Newsman
Erica Huddy
as Newswoman
John Rice
as Midget Clown
Greg Rice
as Midget Clown
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Critic Reviews for Hardly Working

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

The movie's desperately amiable tone plays like a chastised boy's terrified plea for love; the oblivious cruelty that emerges nonetheless (as in Lewis's embarrassing parody of a Japanese chef) makes it all the sadder.

May 19, 2014

I was absolutely stunned by the vast stupidity of this film.

October 17, 2007 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

The result is utter confusion.

August 30, 2004

Lewis has described this as his worst movie, but it also may be his most revealing one.

January 1, 2000

It's a bumpy movie, no more graceful than its buffoonish main character. Worse, the star tries to have it two ways, alternating between manic physical comedy and softspoken self-pity. The result if often awkward, and sometimes downright weird.

May 20, 2014 | Full Review…

To adults this poky movie may seem a bit sad. Lewis' once-manic energy is barely suggested in a few labored outbursts, and his lovable bewilderment is now more like bitterness.

May 20, 2014 | Full Review…

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