If you are a Steve Martin fan like me, this is a must-watch movie because he made his debut in this one in 1979. It’s just that I got to see over 30 years later. As always, Steve provides wholesome comedy in his very unique style and while the world has changed a lot since the late 70s, it was still a great movie to watch because Steve is so genuinely funny.
Steve stars as Navin Johnson, a white man who was raised by African American sharecroppers. He also happens to be very naive, to the point of being a moron. When he heads out to the city to start a new life, he is happy to do small jobs and send money to his impoverished family, until one day he fixes the eyeglasses of a customer at his gas station so that they wouldn’t fall of the nose. The simple contraption impresses the wealthy man and he decides to commercialize it and then shares the profit with Navin. Overnight, he is millionaire but is still a very simple and innocent man. He also marries Bernadette Peters, who has acted well, but her role isn’t really important. This is a movie about the main character.
As often happens, trial lawyers decide to sue him for selling a product that hurt some customers and Navin loses everything and ends up as a homeless bum, until he is rescued by his family, who simply saved whatever money he sent home and had become fairly well off by investing it in soybean and coffee futures.