Ernest Goes to Jail Movie Review Summary

Actors: Jim Varney, Barry Scott, Randall "Tex" Cobb, Barbara Bush, Bill Byrge, Gailard Sartain

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Bank janitor Ernest P. Worrell is dimwitted enough to get himself dragged around by his floor cleaning equipment until he falls from the ceiling. Fortunately, when he electrocutes himself, it only makes him (temporarily) magnetic. Ernest's big dream is to be a bank clerk. Bank employee Charlotte persuades the boss to give him a chance. Ernest is equally thrilled about being summoned to jury duty. The accused is Rubin, a prisoner with only five months until his release unless this jury convicts him of killing a man in jail. Struck by Ernest's uncanny resemblance to his jail buddy Felix Nash, Rubin has his unscrupulous lawyer arrange for the two to be switched. That way, Nash can ensure Rubin a "not guilty" verdict, and Ernest can go to the electric chair for Nash. The switch is made.
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In jail, spurred by threats against Charlotte, Ernest strives to "be" Nash. He imitates movie tough guys. He tries to escape via catapult, disguise, and fashioning a rifle out of soap and shoe polish, but to no avail. Nash takes over his life, redecorating his gadget-filled house, shocking Charlotte and others with his boldness, and using his clerk job to plan a robbery. He studies the bank's security system - the gun in the desk drawer, the bullet-proof plastic wall, the electrically charged drop-cage.

Ernest's execution does not kill him. Rather, the electricity shooting through his body transforms him into "Electro Man," and he escapes. When he arrives at the bank with his faithful dog Rimshot, he finds Nash holding Charlotte and the bank security guards as hostages while the bank safe is timed to blow. In the ensuing scuffle, he inadvertently recharges his superpowers by touching the high-voltage bars. But can he stop the heist and impress the girl?
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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Comedy or Parody about    -   criminals How much humor v. drama    -   Nearly all humor

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   blue collar Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths

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