Joe Dirt (2001) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski) and Scoopy Jr.
|Joe Dirt is a movie written by and starring David Spade. He plays the part of the world's most complete loser. His best friend is his pet meteor, which is actually frozen shit dropped from a passing jet. Despite failure after failure, disappointment after disappointment, and the ridicule of everyone, he keeps a hopeful, positive attitude. Finally, telling his life story on a cynical talk radio show makes him widely recognized as a loveable loser, and things start to go his way.|
|Despite the presence of some good performers, it probably garnered the worst reviews of the year, possibly even worse than last year's Battlefield Earth. On the other hand, it grossed a respectable $27 million, so it found an audience.||
did laugh once. Christopher Walken plays an ex mob guy in Witness
Relocation, whose cover is blown by the hapless Mr Dirt about halfway
through the film. At the end of the movie, Dirt runs into him again in
his tiny home town (hey, it could happen), where the mobster has
relocated under the new identity of "Gert Frobe".
If you know your Bond films, you'll recognize Gert Frobe's name. He's the actor who played Goldfinger.
Well, that was it. The comic high water mark.
It's a movie aimed at the male 9-15 market, so the target audience wouldn't understand the Frobe joke, but would feel right at home with the constant shit and fart jokes. If you are a male 9-15, and you enjoy the playground badinage where one guy says "you homo" and the other guy responds by making a fart noise with his hands cupped under his arm, then this is your movie.
Junior's comments in yellow:
"Dirt" wasn't that bad. Executive produced by Adam Sandler's Happy Madison production company, it carries the same look, feel, and storytelling of other productions such as "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo", "The Animal". It seems Happy Madison is shaping up to be a movie factory for sweet, not-too-offensive comedies about loveable losers who get the girl in the end staring former SNL players.
Written by Daivid Spade and long time SNL writer Fred Wolf. "Joe Dirt" is about guy who tells the story of his life on a popular shock jock's radio show and becomes a national hero. The plot is barely there, but it's not really important. The movie is actually a series of sketches poking fun of white trash and rednecks. The hook is that they poke fun of every conceivable white trash or redneck stereotype since 1974 by sticking them all into one guy...mullet, Hemi, AC/DC shirts, Skoal, Auto Trader, starting and wimping out of fights with lame excuses, acid washed jeans, etc, and then sending him out into the world.
There are a few good laughs here and there, but unless you've lived with or near white trash, 90% of jokes just wont be funny. I think that's why it was panned so by critics. However, in my time I've lived in Florida, Kentucky, and Texas...so needless to say, some of the stereotyes reminded me of people I went to school with and made fun of often and I had fun watching it.
|The soundtrack rocks
solid and keeps on keeping on. It's like the greatest hits of any
Classic Rock radio station during the month of "Rocktober".
By the way, Eddie Money must have a great sense of humor.
As always with Sandler projects, the big celeb stars with pint sized roles steal the show. Dennis Miller as the radio jock is the glue that holds the story together with series of reality breaks that keeps us from 90 minutes of non-stop Skynyrd jokes. And of course...Christopher Walken is a comic genius!
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