The fifth in the series of slapstick comedies about Ernest P. Worrell (Jim Varney) will please his fans but is unlikely to convince anyone else as to it merits. Self-distributed film should get quick playoff while letting viewers know -- through an end-of-pic teaser -- that "Ernest Goes to School" is already set for release next August.

The fifth in the series of slapstick comedies about Ernest P. Worrell (Jim Varney) will please his fans but is unlikely to convince anyone else as to it merits. Self-distributed film should get quick playoff while letting viewers know — through an end-of-pic teaser — that “Ernest Goes to School” is already set for release next August.

Story involves a college professor (Ron K. James) who believes that the British crown jewels were hidden in a Revolutionary War cannon. How and why is never explained, but with Ernest’s help he is proven right.

What ensues is a long chase as they and the runaway cannon are pursued by a villainous collector of antiquities, the professor’s wife, British secret agents and two vacuum cleaner salesmen. Even Varney says at one point that it’s little more than a live-action cartoon.

Humor is broad, with Varney getting in several of his trademark “KnowwhutImean?” comments, but also allowing him to show a gift for comic characterization far beyond the moronic Ernest.

Tech credits are solid and locations in British Columbia, doubling for Virginia, provide colorful backgrounds for the action.

Film is preceded by the short “Mr. Bill Goes to Washington.” Like Ernest, Mr. Bill keeps mining the same material for an aud that likes it that way.

Ernest Rides Again

Production

An Emshell Producers Group presentation. Produced by Stacy Williams. Executive producer, Coke Sams.Co-producer, Tom Rowe. Directed by John R. Cherry III. Screenplay, Cherry, William M. Akers.

Crew

Camera (CFI color), David Geddes; editor, Craig Bassett; music, Bruce Arntson, Kirby Shelstad; production design, Chris August; art direction, Helen Veronica Jarvis; set decoration, Mary Lou Storey; costume design, Martha Snetsinger; sound (Dolby), Rich Schirmer; assistant director, Patrice Leung; casting, Sid Kozak. Reviewed at Loews Charles , Boston, Nov. 12, 1993. MPAA Rating: PG. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Ernest P. Worrell - Jim Varney
Abner Melon - Ron K. James
Nan Melon - Linda Kash
Dr. Glencliff - Tom Butler
Frank - Duke Ernsberger
Joe - Jeffrey Pillars
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