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.
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.