Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis


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IMDb Rating 7.2 10 290


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Reviewed by MartinHafer 8 / 10

A whole lotta Jerry!

If you are a die-hard fan of Jerry Lewis, this film is for you! If you like him but don't love him, this film is also for you...but might be a bit too much and a slight editing would probably make it more enjoyable because it's A LOT about Jerry. If you hate him and his comedy, then I suggest you watch anything but this! As for me, I used to be very indifferent to him and his films. That was, until I saw him in person a few years ago. The man was in his mid-80s (he's almost 89 now) and got out of his wheelchair and sauntered across the stage like a man of 40. And, during the interview of Lewis, he was on...I mean REALLY on...with the full attention of everyone in the theater. There simply are few raconteurs who live for the audience and light up like him...and that is when I became a big fan. So for me, this film was great...but I know it isn't for everyone.

Instead of the style of this documentary, I simply would have liked to have heard Lewis talk for 2 hours. Instead he talks a little, you see him perform a little, you see a few of his film clips AND you see a lot of famous adoring fans talk about him and his craft. This is very nice...but instead of hearing everyone gush over him and kiss his butt (figurative, of course)....I would have just loved to hear from him and him alone. I know he's a great man and a mega- star and I didn't need to hear all the accolades. Still, it's well worth seeing and was quite enjoyable.

Reviewed by Ed-Shullivan 4 / 10

I am a genius and beloved movie star because I say so

I grew up looking forward to my weekends so that I could watch another Jerry Lewis film at the local movie theatre which always carried 3 feature matinees comprised of a western film starring either John Wayne or Clint Eastwood, an adventure or music film which starred either Tarzan or Elvis and of course a comedy film that starred either Jerry Lewis or Abbott and Costello.

What I have is nothing but such fond memories of the Jerry Lewis comedies that kept me entertained and glued to my seat as he went from one silly character to another silly character. The colorization technology was emerging and Jerry's dark blue hair was a reminder of another feature film star named Elvis Presley. For a young lad as myself I much preferred Jerry's slapstick brand of comedy to the other genre's of the 1960's and 1970's.

So it is with much regret that I was subjected to the film Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis. Jerry, why did you think you had to produce such a self serving and narcissism based film about yourself while proceeding into your 80's? What a bunch of hooey Jerry. Was there not people in your life that you looked up to that you could have referred to with humility and abstain from trying to embarrass them? Your fall out with Dean Martin is well documented and you reflect on your relationship as nothing but loving, and it would appear (from your point of view) that the break up was all Dean's fault. Again I say, what a bunch of hooey Jerry.

You may not realize it yet Jerry but your true genius is now overshadowed by your own narcissism and what you think your fans want to remember you for. I believe that had you allowed an independent producer produce your biography your millions of fans would have been provided with the true person Jerry Lewis really is. A movie star who married twice, lived a full life starring in film, producing and directing film, while raising a large family and hosting a charity telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for decades. I hope one day to see another independent biography that explains who Jerry Lewis really was, the good, the bad, and the challenged life of Jerry Lewis.

A self serving epitaph from an 80 year old movie star was not was I was expecting from the loving and funny Jerry Lewis that has kept me entertained for the past five decades. Jerry, I own almost all of your movies and have also repurchased them in high definition Blu Ray format because you mean so much to me personally and the happy childhood memories you provided to myself and my young friends who eagerly paid our weekly allowances to view you in Technicolor.

I believe there is some humility in the real Jerry Lewis, so if you are ever in Toronto Canada and wish to share some of your personal challenges with one of your truest and loyal fans, please, please, please feel free to contact me and my wife and I will ensure you have a nice dinner and a quiet place to reveal who Jerry Lewis really is and what made him tick these past 80 plus years. I would much prefer not to be left with the image of Jerry Lewis in this biography, as I know the real Jerry Lewis gave a lot more to his fans, family, friends and to discovering the cure for Muscular Dystrophy than what we saw in Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis.

With much love and unfortunately much regret, I rate this film a 4 out of 10. Jerry, if you do accept my invitation to come to Toronto and tell us about ALL your life experiences (the good, the bad and the real challenges) you will need to leave your ego at the door, as our entrance way is only 3 feet wide, not 3 miles long.

Your loyal fan Ed Shullivan

Reviewed by lloyd1018 2 / 10

Feature length backslapping exercise

On the whole I found this documentary to be unsatisfying. I discovered a few new insights into Jerry Lewis but not enough background information to justify the length of this tribute piece. If you're a hard core fan who adores his body of work then maybe this is for you. If however you seek a warts and all look into the life of a major celeb you may be disappointed. I became more and more irritated by the endless accolades heaped on the man by a succession of Hollywood A and B listers.

To me this came across as more of a vanity piece than a true documentary. If that's what you're looking for, fine. Must have been a great boost to Jerry's ego.

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