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The new phone book’s here!

During a class meeting today, I had reason to utter the words —

“I’m somebody!”

…which brought to mind the iconic scene from The Jerk starring Steve Martin.

When I mentioned the movie to my class, they stared at me unknowingly.  One student, trying to be helpful, said, “I’ve heard of Steve Martin.

That’s awesome.

So, for their education — and everyone’s viewing pleasure — I include the aforementioned clip here.

I hope you are inspired to watch The Jerk…

And learn your special purpose.

Audience reaction

“Starring George Clooney…”

That’s pretty much all a movie trailer has to say to get my butt in the theater.  (I know what I like.)

And while this promo for “The American,” George Clooney’s latest film, definitely trumpets his starring role, it manages to make this thriller seem…well…boring.

Wow.  George drives a car…and works out.  He also cleans and assembles his gun.  That’s really intense stuff.  Of course, the priest has a foreign accent, which should add some intrigue…but based on the voiceover, he is one boring old dude.  Thank goodness George chases someone with a gun at the end, or I’d think this was a talkie.

Look, there are probably a lot of people like me who will give George the benefit of the doubt here and see it anyway.  He has set a high standard with his work.  But I think the editors of the trailer should take note — George Clooney’s personality sells, and you didn’t use it here.

“I don’t think God’s very interested in me, Father,” George says at the end of the clip.

If that’s true, George, it’s the trailer’s fault.