Jerry Lewis returns to the big screen after a 21-year absence, in the role of an octogenarian former jazz musician living alone and mourning his late wife (Claire Bloom, in flashback). When Max discovers she was cheating on him, he interrupts his miserable existence with a lust for revenge. Quite the challenging scenario, and writer-director Daniel Noah makes a pudding of it. Maudlin even beyond the Lewis standard yet brutal in its inoffensiveness, filmmaker Noah’s awkward melodrama squanders not only the remnants of Lewis’ anarchic screen legacy but the talents of its supporting cast: Kerry Bishé, Kevin Pollak, Dean Stockwell, Illeana Douglas, Fred Willard, Mort Sahl, Rance Howard, and Lee Weaver. Lewis, the original misunderstood comic genius, deserves better treatment than this (83 min.).
Director: Daniel Noah
Producer: Lawrence Inglee, Garrett Kelleher, Paul Currie, Paul Currie, Charlie O'Carroll, William Walton, Matthew Malek and Gaston Pavlovich
Cast: Jerry Lewis, Kerry Bishé, Claire Bloom, Kevin Pollak, Dean Stockwell, Mort Sahl, Rance Howard, Lee Weaver, Illeana Douglas and Fred Willard