The Jerk: Alamo Quote-Along

“I was born a poor black child.”
You know how there are the movies that you have seen and loved but you’ve never seen them on the big screen? The Jerk is one of those movies for me. I love The Jerk… I love it’s irreverence, how it bucks the current social norms around what is politically correct, the one-liners that have since been infused into the daily lives of the people I know and love. I own it on DVD; but I have only seen it about five times, and never on the big screen. It seemed like the perfect movie to see at the Alamo Drafthouse’s Quote-Along.

The thing that surprised me was the joy of seeing it on the big screen. I hadn’t really thought about the difference between seeing the movie as I had in the past (on a TV or laptop) and seeing it on the big screen, so that was the big pay-off for me. It’s enough to make me wish that I could have a screening room in my house.

In my head I envisioned an Alamo Quote-Along being the crowd quoting the whole movie – or at least being able to and with my luck I’d be sitting next to the one guy who could and would do just that – thereby drowning out the sound of the actors and the actual movie. But that’s not how it works. It’s more like karaoke-light: the line to be quoted is placed at the bottom of the screen as the actors say it so the audience can say it along with them – all that’s missing is the red bouncing ball from the Cal Worthington car dealership commercials from the 80’s (yes, I realize there are 4 people who I know that will understand what that refers to … and none of them are reading this).

“He hates these cans. Stay away from the cans.”
I love the Alamo – the concept is genius. I love the people I went with to see the movie. I love the movie. I love that I got hit on by a woman in the lobby after the movie. I loved that there was a contest Alex participated in – juggling cats – despite the fact that he doesn’t know how to juggle… cats or otherwise. All in all, I would say this was definitely a good Happy Maker List item.

It has me thinking about what other movies I want to see on the big screen that I have known and loved forever, but never seen on a big screen… perhaps for a sing-along next.

~NJ (The same initials as Navin Johnson!)

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