Joe Dirt

Theatrical Release: April 11, 2001
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Synopsis

Joe Dirt (David Spade) is a janitor at radio station KXLA who wears a dated wig and openly tells people he’s searching for his parents who left him at the Grand Canyon back in the 70’s when he was just eight-years-old. One day Joe is suddenly put on the air with talk jock Zander Kelly (Dennis Miller) to discuss his sad life and soon the nation is captivated by the weird story and his search. As Joe tells his tale of his never-ending search, various flashbacks show the people around the country that came across his path.. They include a beautiful girl Brandy (Brittany Daniel) and her own father (Joe Don Baker) who he lives with for awhile. Kicking Wing (Adam Beach) an American Indian Joe wants to hire as a tracker to find his parents. Jill (Jaime Pressly) a woman he meets at a carnival, has sex with, then worries she may be his long lost sister. Joe briefly works for Clem (Christopher Walken) a school custodian on a witness protection program who saves the lives of some students and gives Joe the credit and Charlene (Rosanna Arquette) who hires Joe to work on her gator farm.
The good: No matter how bad the script (and this one is pretty bad) Spade still has a few classic moments of comedic brilliance, my favorite being when he goes into a litany naming various types of fireworks.

Dove Review

THE GOOD:…No matter how bad the script (and this one is pretty bad) Spade still has a few classic moments of comedic brilliance, my favorite being when he goes into a litany naming various types of fireworks. THE NOT-SO-GOOD:…Basically this movie is full of gross-out comedy. I find it interesting that making fun of poor, extremely dysfunctional white trash, is an easy target for Hollywood writers, probably because it’s one of the last groups of people they can make fun of and no one complains. If this was a portrayal of poor blacks and used the same clichés to ridicule them, the NAACP would have a field day with this movie. The rest of the movie is filled with crude bathroom and sex-related humor, an implied sexual situation with a girl on a bed but both are clothed. Drinking, dysfunctional parents, abandonment issues are explored in dialogue.

Content Description

Offensive language: Mostly crude slang and sexually related dialogue. Profanity consists of several uses of the "s" word. A reference to masturbation. Sexual situations: Sexually related dialogue with implied suggestion of incest that the couple involved are brother and sister (only it’s proven false). Several shots of a dog having sex or humping a boy's leg, and the sight of an erection forming under a sheet on a presumably dead body. Revealing clothing and partial nudity of a man's bare rear end as he "moons" another man. Violence: Several characters drink and smoke, a brief fight, jokes about a man's leg being cut off, an atom bomb exploding and vaporizing a man (a dream), a man shooting and killing a dog (off camera), a non-fatal encounter with a crocodile. Parental advisory: This movie was created for the teenage boy crowd. Try to convince your adolescent and teenage boys to save their money on this one. Although Spade is funny in a few scenes, overall, the movie is too crude and too long to enjoy the brief moments of Spades comic genius.

Info

Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Writer: David Spade and Fred Wolf
Director: Dennie Gordon
Producer: Robert Simonds
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 93 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Holly McClure