What I also feel that this film does better when compared to the other Ernest films is the villain. The villains in the previous two Ernest films were not only dull and forgettable, but you knew that they were going to be outsmarted by Ernest for how weak and clichéd they are. With Nash on the other hand, though I'm not going to act like that I didn't think Ernest wasn’t going to stand a chance against him, he's still a much more memorable and intimidating villain when compared to the others. What's obviously memorable about him is that he's also played by Varney, where it's cool to see him take on a villain role in the same film where he's mugging it up as a heroic childish redneck with a heart of gold. Only instead of him playing his villain role for laughs, like say having a Saturday Morning thug-like voice, or acting as over the top nasty as Varney’s character Uncle Lloyd Worrell, he plays his character out like a badass. Okay, I'm not going to act like that he's one of the scariest villains to appear in a family film, but he's still pretty intimidating for how no-nonsense this guy is, and how he's always threatening his inmates and thinking of what crime that he should pull next when he's out. And now that he has control over Ernest's life since he's living under his identity, it is pretty unsettling to see a hardcore criminal have the advantage to harm the people that Ernest knows if he felt like it, let alone destroy his life style that may possibly not be the same if poor Ernest ever escapes.
If you read my reviews on the other Ernest films, then you may know that I wasn't a fan of Gailard Sartain and the people they pair him up with for each film. From chefs who were constantly annoying, to storage agents that were just as irritating but were occasionally saved by some of the visual gags, they were usually the most insufferable set of characters for these movies. And as soon as I discovered that Sartain is being paired up with the same actor who played the other storage agent from "Ernest Saves Christmas", I was ready to hate them. But as much as I wanted too, I found myself being less annoyed by them and more entertained. I suppose the reason for that is because Sartain is acting less obnoxious than he did before, which makes him tolerable, and that the jokes and scenarios that they're given is a little funnier than it was in the last two film installment involving the Ernest P. Worrell character. It's just a real shame that the other supporting characters aren't as fun to watch as them because they are so bland! Like on the same level of bland as the supporting characters in "Ernest Goes to Camp". The performances aren't terrible, but they aren't anything special or memorable either. But in the very least, I’ll take serviceable over annoying any time in these films.
The best way to describe this film as a whole is to picture "Muppet's Most Wanted" combined with the same kind of zaniness as "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" and the Zucker Brothers films, just without it being as funny, or charming, but still highly entertaining to the max. I don’t highly recommend it to an adult crowd since the film is clearly aiming more towards kids, but if you’re curious in seeing an Ernest film and just want to be entertained, than this is by far the best option to choose from.