login

Movie Ratings, Family Movie Reviews & More!

Still shot from the movie: Joe Dirt.

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. »

0

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
See Canadian Ratings
How We Determine Our Grades

Life has never been easy for Joe Dirt (David Spade), the man with the permanent 70's coiffure. At age eight he is separated from his parents while on a trip to the Grand Canyon. Shuttled from one dysfunctional foster home to the next, he finally resorts to living in the woods and stealing what he can to survive while tracing the fading footsteps of his missing family.

Joe Dirt - Official site A decade later we find Joe, now a custodian, sitting in the cushioned hot seat of Hollywood DJ Zander Kelly (Dennis Miller), a shoddy radio journalist who pulls the pitiful details from the janitor's sordid life for the interest of his daytime listeners. Dragging out the interview for several days, Kelly prods and probes the unlikely guest and baits his audience to tune in for the next installment of this loser's life.

Joe Dirt - Official site Reading like the front page of a supermarket tabloid, Joe's story is filled with characters as diverse as imaginable--the beautiful Brandy (Brittany Daniel) who befriends the wig-wearing outcast, a mysterious mid-western school janitor played by Christopher Walken, a carnival going seductress, and the unsavory Buffalo Bill.

Joe Dirt - Official site But despite these outrageous encounters and the incessant belittling Joe receives, we are forced to believe he remains unrelentingly upbeat. I'm not sure if Joe espouses all those platitudes he keeps spouting or if he is just inanely na0xEFve. Either way, we're supposed to like this jean clad, mop-pushing hero who fights all the odds of an abnormal upbringing and keeps pursuing his absentee folks. However, the constant battering of crude language, raw sexual humor and underdressed damsels left me watching the clock instead.

A bit part played by musician Kid Rock may draw his ardent followers into the theater but his role as the fast driving, gravel throwing, small town boy is minor at best, giving his money paying fans little screen time for their dollar.

While comedian/writer Spade does make Joe a catalyst for positive change in many of the people he meets, the dirt that's dished out in this movie will likely put families in an entertainment quagmire.

Joe Dirt is rated PG-13: for crude and sex-related humor, and for language.

Cast: David Spade Dennis Miller Kid Rock
Studio: (pictures (c)2001 Columbia Tristar)

Join the Conversation

About the Reviewer: Kerry Bennett

© One Voice Communications Ltd. | About Parent Previews | FAQ | Making the Grades | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact