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Joe Dirt

Shuttled from one dysfunctional foster home to the next, Joe Dirt finally resorts to living in the woods and stealing what he can to survive while tracing the fading footsteps of his missing family. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: D
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: D-
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 91
Theater Release: 10 Apr 2001
Video Release: 24 Jul 2006
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is Joe Dirt Rated PG-13?

Overall: D
Though billed as a comedy, this film filled with violence, crude language and sexual humor is anything but funny.

Violence: D+
Car crashes through security gate, argument with guard, man pushed down, boy ties fireworks to cows tail, boys is burned by fireworks, man’s foot stuck in train track, leg cut off though not seen, dog shot with gun, woman talks about killing her husband, man almost hit by speeding car, man falls out of hot air balloon, fight between oil rig workers, man hit in groin, man engulfed in fire, men use lighter fluid and gasoline to cause explosions, man vaporized (dream scene), man wearing t-shirt with violent message, man holds people in bar hostage with bomb, man covered with human waste from camper receptacle, man kidnapped and held hostage in pit by psychopath, police raid a home, guns heard, children overcome by fumes in chemistry room, references to woman being shot, man killed by the mob, shots heard, shadows seen, woman tells story of parents eaten by alligator and then cut out of belly, man bitten and tossed by alligator, man pushes over furniture in house, man threatens suicide, man falls from bridge and hits head on beam, man threatens another man.

Sexual Content: D-
Man shown without shirt in public and bathroom, two scenes of animals engaged in sexual activity, extended and detailed scene of dog with frozen genitals, reference to wanting my body, numerous women dressed in low cut and tight fitting t-shirts and halter tops and high cut shorts, man makes reference to seeing down woman’s shirt, man moons another man-nudity shown, man kisses woman, man sleeping with hand in pants, man naked in tub—genitals are covered, man shown sexually flirting with woman, woman sensually licks cotton candy, woman bears chest with fuzzy back and side view shown as well as reaction of face of people in the room, men shown hugging with homosexual inferences, kissing between couple, numerous talks of starting sexual activity, repeated sounds of sexual activity, bedpost shown rocking, psychopath shown in underwear and garters while involved in activity with animal, teacher shown with low cut top, t-shirt with bare chest printed on it, man urinates-limited view, erection shown under sheet, references to naked people and sexual activity between animals, woman says she wants to have man’s babies.

Language: D
At least: Two slang terms describing sexual activities, 21 moderate profanities including slang terms for male and female genitals, 25 mild profanities, 15 terms of Deity used as expletives or profanities.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B-
Boy finds tins of what appears to be chewing tobacco, man shown with cigarette and smoking, man shown drinking beer while intoxicated, man thought to be high on fumes from insecticide, reference to bong water, man holding beer can in his home.

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