Joe Dirt

Joe Dirt
Joe Dirt
  • PG-13
  • 1h 31m
  • 2001
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From the producing team that brought you Deuce Bigalow and Big Daddy. David Spade plays Joe, whose search for his family has him hittin' the road and keepin' it real with every lowlife he meets, including a sweet hottie (Brittany Daniel), a janitor (Christopher Walken), and a psychotic cannibal (Brian Thompson) with whom he has a brief interlude. Through it all, Joe keeps on trucking all the way to L.A., where a shock jock DJ (Dennis Miller) targets Joe as the butt of his show. But Joe's plucky spirit encourages listeners to cheer him on and help him find a better family than the one he thought he wanted. Rock on!
© 2001 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: If you fall within the target audience of Joe Dirt, you may find it funny. Otherwise, the jokes will seem like a tired retread.
Globe and Mail
Rick Groen

A comic named David Spade stars in a movie called Joe Dirt, and that's about as funny as things ge...

June 17, 2017
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers

In one scene, raw sewage is dumped on Joe. See Joe Dirt and you'll know how that feels.

June 16, 2017
USA Today
Mike Clark

Were nature to take the course they both seem to want, the movie could end in 15 minutes. And it w...

June 16, 2017
Mr. Showbiz
Cody Clark

To see it is to sit through scene after scene like the one in which a hulking oil rigger spattered...

June 16, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Crass, formulaic comedy with bullying, cartoonish violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Joe Dirt is a 2001 movie starring David Spade as a mullet-sporting janitor in search of his parents. The movie is filled with crass humor; in one scene, a dog's testicles are frozen to a porch and its scrotum is shown stretching as it attempts to free itself. Joe gets covered in human feces, is taken prisoner by a man who dresses in fishnet stockings and makeup and keeps him in a hole, and has his face burned when a cow passes gas into his face. Joe also is called a "queer" and a "retard" by bullies. A sex scene turns into a joke involving incest. There's also frequent profanity, including "s--t" and "p---y," and a misunderstanding in which Joe thinks a man with a thick Cajun accent wants to "see homos naked." Still, in spite of being treated so badly by so many people, Joe manages to maintain a positive attitude and lives by the credo, "Life is a garden. Dig it."

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:April 11, 2001
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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