Joe Dirt is a janitor with a mullet hairdo, acid-washed jeans and a dream to find the parents that he lost at the Grand Canyon when he was a belligerent, trailer park-raised eight-year-old. Now, blasting Van Halen in his jacked-up economy car, the irrepressibly optimistic Joe hits the road alone in search of his folks.
what a joke
Good concept, poorly executed.
Although it has its amusing moments, in eneral the plot does not convince.
At first rather annoying in its heavy emphasis on reenactments, this movie ultimately proves fascinating, simply because the complicated, highly dramatic tale it tells still almost defies belief.
OK, absolute silliness, yes. Yet, there was a depth to the movie that kept you intrigued, gripped.I watched this movie solely to see Christopher Walken's cameo and tag line threat. But by accident, gained an appreciation for David Spade who I have never paid much attention to in past.So once you come to grips with fact that this show is primarily a goofy comedy, and like many goofy comedies, plot weaknesses abound (why would one even expect a solid plot... duh). It is a succession of brilliantly executed comedic dialogues and settings. The naivety of the fireworks vendor's endeavors being a great example.And the fact that a number of more notable actors of the time would participate in the film (Christopher Walken, Rosanna Arquette, Dennis Miller), tells me that there was something more to it than just a silly slapstick comedy. They must have felt something bigger was being created. I feel it was. A bit of a classic that not only has clever antics, but a positive, uplifting message.I would recommend it.
Joe Dirt is the greateeeeeest!!! Joe Dirt is very clearly an awesome and hilarious flick! I crack up every time I watch it! It's got countless funny moments and it's a real comedy classic!! David Spade is the greatest as Joe Dirt as he's the funniest guy around for the part. Joe Dirt is well-written and a well-shot comedy. Joe Dirt has a surprisingly heartfelt story to go with the jokes. Joe Dirt is a very visually bright movie. Brittany Daniel is very visually hot in Joe Dirt. She's amazing! Christopher Walken is so freaking funny in Joe Dirt. He's hilarious! Dennis Miller is right at home in his quirky and generous role as radio talk show host in Joe Dirt. Miller's role with Spade really makes the movie hit home. Jaime Pressly is seriously the hottest girl ever just look at her in Joe Dirt. Jaime looks unbelievably sexy, like always, as she is getting down and dirty with Joe Dirt. Kid Rock is great in Joe Dirt, really. Kid Rock can really act, not really. All of the cameos in Joe Dirt are funny and memorable! I love Joe Dirt! I'm watching it right now! It's so funny!"Does ya mother sew? Boom! Get her to sew that!"
Forgive the title and you should find a warm, funny film that concerns an unfortunate yokel with a permanent mullet hairstyle (Spade) working as a cleaner at a radio station when a prominent DJ (Miller) sees the opportunity to exploit his pathetic story for the ratings of his drive-time programme. But the sorrowful tale earns a cult following as Dirt re-acquaints with his first romance (Daniel) and encounters an assortment of weirdos as he seeks to discover the disappearance of his parents when he was a child.Although in some passages Spade is perhaps too smart for his own good, he still pulls off the likable but hopelessly pitiful Joe Dirt (or Deertay as he pronounces it), and his encounters with Christopher Walken as a former mob boss in the witness protection programme, Brian Thompson as a creepy Buffalo Bill serial killer a la "Silence of the Lambs", and future "My Name is Earl" trailer trash Jaime Pressly as a carney with whom he's sleeping and who might just be his sister (which prompts an hilarious scene).There's a number of memorable moments as Joe gets pushed around by the thugs of this world, while his endearing personality reaches out and inspires the rest, a champion for the underdog, as they befriend and protect him from further embarrassment and humiliation. The ending is satisfying and overall the movie hits the right note, merging good humour with dollops of sympathy, sincerity and even a couple of moving moments. Not what you'd expect from the title and personnel and well worth a look.
I just thought that it was amusing reading the reviews all the way from 2001 to the present. This movie received almost entirely negative reviews when it first came out, but now there is nothing but positive reviews.It seems that most people that saw this when it first came out were expecting something closer to Tommyboy or Blacksheep, with David Spade portraying a sarcastic sidekick with little more to offer than the occasional zinger. Instead we have a great tale of an average Joe that makes keeps a positive attitude even though he is constantly thrown into hilarious (for us) situations.Whats the deal? It's a great film, maybe it was ahead of its time.