The Jerk (1979)

Navin's Birthday

Navin (Steve Martin) gets the shock of his life on his birthday when he learns that he will always be white and that he wasn’t born into his family.

Directed by Carl Reiner.

Released in 1979 by Universal.

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  • character-type: Child
  • character-type: Mother
  • action: Sing
  • action: Cry
  • editors-choice: Licensable Clips
  • editors-choice: Hilarious!
  • primary-genre: Comedy
  • secondary-genre: Screwball Comedies
  • secondary-genre: Slapstick Comedies
  • secondary-genre: Comedy
  • mood: Emotional
  • mood: Feel-Good
  • mood: Funny
  • primary-occasion: Birthdays
  • primary-occasion: Grab a Bite
  • secondary-occasion: Dinner
  • secondary-occasion: Birthday for Him
  • prop: Lighter
  • prop: Twinkie
  • prop: Drink
  • prop: Gift
  • setting: Dinner Table
  • setting: House
  • theme: Truth
  • theme: Compassion
  • theme: Love
  • theme: Encouragement
  • theme: Acceptance
  • actor: Bernadette Peters
  • actor: Lydia McGhee
  • actor: Nyles Harris
  • actor: Niko Denise Holmes
  • actor: Frances E. Williams
  • actor: Susan Denise Harrison
  • actor: Richard Ward
  • actor: Shawn Harris
  • actor: Dick Anthony Williams
  • actor: Steve Martin
  • director: Carl Reiner
  • producer: William E. McEuen
  • producer: Peter Macgregor-Scott
  • producer: David V. Picker
  • cinematographer: Victor J. Kemper
  • editor: Bud Molin
  • editor: Ron Spang
  • costume-designer: Theadora Van Runkle
  • production-designer: Jack T. Collis
  • role-name: Cleotis Johnson
  • role-name: Satch Johnson
  • role-name: Lisa Johnson
  • role-name: Pierre Johnson
  • role-name: Navin R. Johnson
  • role-name: Marie Kimble Johnson
  • role-name: Taj Jonson
  • role-name: Leroy Johnson
  • role-name: Father
  • role-name: Grandma Johnson
  • screenwriter: Michael Elias
  • screenwriter: Carl Gottlieb
  • screenwriter: Steve Martin
  • year: 1979
  • studio: Universal