Over the weekend my friends and I set out for an adventure that would last 13+ hours, a day (and night) of the entire Ernest franchise with around 50 minutes of his national commercials. What started as a fun romp into our childhood quickly turned into a test of endurance and a descent into lower IQs.
|My ranking of Ernest Movies:
1. Ernest Scared Stupid
2. Ernest Saves Christmas
3. Ernest Goes To Camp
4. Slam Dunk Ernest
5. Ernest Goes To Jail
6. Ernest Goes To School
7. Ernest Goes To Africa
8. Ernest Rides Again
9. Ernest Joins The Army
We started bright and early at 10:30AM with the inaugural film Ernest Goes To Camp and went in chronological order until the 9th and final film Ernest Joins The Army. Most of us had only seen the first 3 or 4… which means there’s almost 8 hours of yet to be determined Ernest footage! The following are some of my favorite moments from the event in tweet form:
At one point we were all optimistic we were going to make it and rejoiced with this photo:
The fifth movie in was Ernest Rides Again and unanimously voted as the worst in the entire franchise. Although, I found this joke to be one of the funniest and most unexpected jokes of all:
In between our 5th and 6th movie we decided to order a “YunnoWhatIMeat” lovers pizza… it took us over an hour to figure out how to work a computer.
While the films continued they got progressively worse, which lowered our standards, so when they had a joke that kind of worked… it really hit with the crowd. THEN Ernest Goes To Africa started up…
Jim Varney is the master of the fool triumphant and we should give our childhood selves a round of applause for recognizing a talent when we saw it. Jim Varney and John Cherry took this character as far as it could possibly go and it’s really hard to conjure up another character that has done everything but have a musical about it (even though he does have a ballad in Ernest Goes To Camp). I want to take a moment and remember the many faces of Ernest… from the good, to the bad, to the blatantly racist.
The many faces of Ernest
Smartie Pants Ernest (you can tell by his buttened up vest)
Classy Ernest in his dress hat
Jed Clampett Audition
Callback 5 movies later!
Ernest The Fashionista
Indian Ernest in ‘Ernest Goes To Africa’
Ernest… THE American Icon
And as a final farewell I take the words the man himself… “I came. I saw. I got blowed up.” -Ernest P. Worrell
I think for our next one we’re going to do something with less sequels, perhaps the Police Academy films that only has 8 total.