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Ernest P. Worrell is returning to the big screen

Oct. 16, 2012by: Alex Maidy

Do you remember the Ernest movies? If not, you likely weren't a child of the Eighties. I have vivid memories of watching ERNEST GOES TO CAMP, ERNEST SAVES CHRISTMAS, ERNEST GOES TO JAIL, and even ERNEST SCARED STUPID. These are not Oscar movies in any way, but they are stupid fun, especially for the kid in you.

Ernest P. Worrell was played by the late Jim Varney who originated the role in regional commercials, national ads, and eventually a television show and movies. Ernest was a lovable moron clad in a baseball cap, a denim vest, and an idiotic grin. He was good natured and always with his pal Vern, who was usually the camera. If you ever hear someone say "KnowhutImean, Vern?" that is from the Ernest character.

The movies featured gross humor but were always family friendly. Jim Varney's recognizable voice would go on to be associated with Slinky Dog in the TOY STORY movies before he passed away in 2000. When Varney passed, I thought the memory of Ernest would go with him.

Variety is reporting that Ernest creator John Cherry will work alongside producers Clarke Gallivan and Coke Sams and screenwriter Dan Ewen to bring us SON OF ERNEST. I don't think you need to know how they plan to resurrect the character outside of what that title implies. There is no cast at this time, but I don't have a good feeling about this. First of all, Ernest is a very specific character who doesn't exactly jump out at most people as ripe for a reboot. Secondly, can you name a single franchise where bringing the offspring of the character in to take over the series actually works? SON OF PINK PANTHER, ACE VENTURA JR., SON OF KONG: all classics.

Per screenwriter Ewen: "Ernest was this plucky little engine that could -- against all odds. Ernest struck a nerve, one we're going to revisit. We plan to honor the originals and Jim Varney while birthing a new chapter that lies somewhere between not sucking and Earth-shatteringly funny."

Nothing good can come of this.

Extra Tidbit: Check out DR. OTTO AND THE GLOOM BEAM. Classic Varney.
Source: Variety

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5:04PM on 10/17/2012
Um, what dumbass thinks it is a good idea to remake something that only worked because of the actor himself?
Um, what dumbass thinks it is a good idea to remake something that only worked because of the actor himself?
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4:27PM on 10/17/2012

Anyone recall SON OF RAMBOW?

Okay, so it wasn't really a sequel, but it was a damn good "Son of" movie...
...on this subject, the co-creator of the character Ernest is producing, I'll keep an open mind
Okay, so it wasn't really a sequel, but it was a damn good "Son of" movie...
...on this subject, the co-creator of the character Ernest is producing, I'll keep an open mind
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12:50PM on 10/17/2012
As the article describes (which I admit I didnt know), this is a character that started in regional commercials for f**k sakes, that means it was the man not the concept that is what people loved. So why I personally don't mind certain remakes this just seems destined to fail.
As the article describes (which I admit I didnt know), this is a character that started in regional commercials for f**k sakes, that means it was the man not the concept that is what people loved. So why I personally don't mind certain remakes this just seems destined to fail.
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11:06AM on 10/17/2012

Damn it stop legitimately raping my childhood!!

Nobody can replace Varney, nobody will live up to his multi-charactered awesomeness. This will suck worse than dumb and dumberer and ace ventura jr. Let Ernest rest in peace!
Nobody can replace Varney, nobody will live up to his multi-charactered awesomeness. This will suck worse than dumb and dumberer and ace ventura jr. Let Ernest rest in peace!
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8:43AM on 10/17/2012

Seriously?!

To imply that Ernest had a child really takes away the purity and childlike essence of the original character and tarnishes everything that Varney created IMHO...
To imply that Ernest had a child really takes away the purity and childlike essence of the original character and tarnishes everything that Varney created IMHO...
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8:30AM on 10/17/2012

Son of...

a bitch.
When (other than a few episodes of Son of the Beach) has Son Of been attached to something and it turned out NOT to be a steaming pile? I really want to know
a bitch.
When (other than a few episodes of Son of the Beach) has Son Of been attached to something and it turned out NOT to be a steaming pile? I really want to know
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8:28AM on 10/17/2012
I was Ernest for Halloween last year.
I was Ernest for Halloween last year.
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8:23AM on 10/17/2012
If Jim Varney was still alive, absolutely. Now....no.
If Jim Varney was still alive, absolutely. Now....no.
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3:15AM on 10/17/2012
I don't have a good feeling about this either, but I'm not gonna pass judgement till I see some more. Did Varney have a son? Maybe he would be a good fit for the film?
I don't have a good feeling about this either, but I'm not gonna pass judgement till I see some more. Did Varney have a son? Maybe he would be a good fit for the film?
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10:19PM on 10/16/2012
As an Eighties Baby, I love the Ernest movies but Really!?!?
As an Eighties Baby, I love the Ernest movies but Really!?!?
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9:22PM on 10/16/2012
I have a bad feeling about this.
I have a bad feeling about this.
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9:16PM on 10/16/2012

I'm a hardcore Ernest fan...

I saw all the movies in theaters own them on tape and I was even in the Official Ernest Fan Club. lol I love the character most of all Varney who brought the character alive with ease, I'm not sure how this is going to work on screen but I know I'll be their to watch it hoping it won't suck to bad. lol
I saw all the movies in theaters own them on tape and I was even in the Official Ernest Fan Club. lol I love the character most of all Varney who brought the character alive with ease, I'm not sure how this is going to work on screen but I know I'll be their to watch it hoping it won't suck to bad. lol
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8:12PM on 10/16/2012

Son of the Mask

Another timeless classic, how could you forget to list this masterpiece on your list of "son" sequels?
Another timeless classic, how could you forget to list this masterpiece on your list of "son" sequels?
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8:05PM on 10/16/2012

I think I saw Earnest Goes to Jail in the theatre by myself. But I must have been like 6. GREAT JOB MOM AND DAD

Anyway aside from that revelation regarding my jagged upbringing this idea makes zero sense. I don't recall the Earnest movies making huge $$$, the character was a very specific one to the comedian, and the humour is heavily, heavily, heavily dated. Heavily.
But at least they have a kickass writer who's credits include 1 writing credit for a movie in production that is No Strings Attached but with uglier people and 2 acting credits in stuff I've never heard of before. This can't possibly go
Anyway aside from that revelation regarding my jagged upbringing this idea makes zero sense. I don't recall the Earnest movies making huge $$$, the character was a very specific one to the comedian, and the humour is heavily, heavily, heavily dated. Heavily.
But at least they have a kickass writer who's credits include 1 writing credit for a movie in production that is No Strings Attached but with uglier people and 2 acting credits in stuff I've never heard of before. This can't possibly go wrong.
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7:35PM on 10/16/2012

Fuck off already!

I really miss Jim Varney. Sure, the Ernest movies had gotten pretty terrible, but "Ernest Goes to Jail" is still a lot of fun to watch, and I argue it's still the best in the series. I also liked Varney in the "Beverly Hillbillies" movie, though you could argue the wisdom of that film, too. On top of the fact that "Slam-Dunk Ernest" and "Ernest Joins the Army" are probably better left forgotten, it's just insulting to the comedian's memory, and just an overall bad idea.

Varney is one of
I really miss Jim Varney. Sure, the Ernest movies had gotten pretty terrible, but "Ernest Goes to Jail" is still a lot of fun to watch, and I argue it's still the best in the series. I also liked Varney in the "Beverly Hillbillies" movie, though you could argue the wisdom of that film, too. On top of the fact that "Slam-Dunk Ernest" and "Ernest Joins the Army" are probably better left forgotten, it's just insulting to the comedian's memory, and just an overall bad idea.

Varney is one of those guys I always wondered whether his career would have found a new life if he hadn't been taken from us. The man was genuinely hilarious in his prime.
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7:33PM on 10/16/2012

Scared Stupid was under-rated

I saw it in theaters and it is still my favorite. I even saw a couple that went straight-to-dvd later on just for the hell of it. But Camp, Jail, Xmas, Stupid....loved all of them and still do. I miss the fucker...he was great!
I saw it in theaters and it is still my favorite. I even saw a couple that went straight-to-dvd later on just for the hell of it. But Camp, Jail, Xmas, Stupid....loved all of them and still do. I miss the fucker...he was great!
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7:01PM on 10/16/2012

Remember Son of Mask?

No Varney, no movie. That's really all there is to say on the matter.
No Varney, no movie. That's really all there is to say on the matter.
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6:40PM on 10/16/2012

Eh.

ernest scared stupid was amazing as a kid :) IDK about this idea.
ernest scared stupid was amazing as a kid :) IDK about this idea.
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6:26PM on 10/16/2012
Hey I know, lets get new guys to play Crocodile Dundee, Peter Venkman, and Inigo Montoya while we're at it.

That ought to fuck up enough childhood memories for Hollywood to desperately try an original thought for once.
Hey I know, lets get new guys to play Crocodile Dundee, Peter Venkman, and Inigo Montoya while we're at it.

That ought to fuck up enough childhood memories for Hollywood to desperately try an original thought for once.
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6:18PM on 10/16/2012
Dammit hollywood stop ruining our childhoods already! I mean who comes up with these ideas seriously?
Dammit hollywood stop ruining our childhoods already! I mean who comes up with these ideas seriously?
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6:10PM on 10/16/2012

Terrible Idea

At least this article reminded me that I have to watch Ernest Scared Stupid before Halloween.
At least this article reminded me that I have to watch Ernest Scared Stupid before Halloween.
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6:02PM on 10/16/2012
Oh, sweet Jesus, NO!!

Didn't they learn anything by movies like Son of the Mask, Blues Brothers 2000, etc. Just let the man RIP.
Oh, sweet Jesus, NO!!

Didn't they learn anything by movies like Son of the Mask, Blues Brothers 2000, etc. Just let the man RIP.
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