Joe Dirt

April 11th, 2001


Joe Dirt

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Still of David Spade in Joe DirtStill of David Spade in Joe DirtDavid Spade (center) stars as Joe Dirt, a stuck-in-the-'70s janitor whose bizarre life and search for the parents who left him captivates a cityDirector Dennie Gordon (left) and star David Spade discuss a sceneNever one to back away from a challenge, Joe (David Spade) finds a part-time job as a Florida gator-wrestlerChristopher Walken plays Clem, a high school janitor with a past who becomes a father figure to Joe

David Spade stars as Joe Dirt, an idiot who works as an oil weller who is on the search for his parents who abandoned him when he was a baby at the grand canyon.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 5.5/10 (23,001 voted)

Critic's Score: 20/100

Director: Dennie Gordon

Stars: David Spade, Brittany Daniel, Dennis Miller

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. As his wandering, misguided search takes him from one hilarious misadventure to another, Joe finds his way to Los Angeles, where a shock-jock brings Joe on his radio show to insult him. But as Joe's life story unfolds, jeers turn to cheers, and an entire captivated city tunes in to hear the adventures of Joe Dirt.

Writers: David Spade, Fred Wolf

David Spade - Joe Dirt
Brittany Daniel - Brandy
Dennis Miller - Zander Kelly
Adam Beach - Kicking Wing
Christopher Walken - Clem
Jaime Pressly - Jill
Kid Rock - Robby
Erik Per Sullivan - Little Joe Dirt
Megan Taylor Harvey - Joe's Little Sister
Caroline Aaron - Joe's Mom
Fred Ward - Joe's Dad
John Farley - Security Guard
Bob Zany - Man
Bean Miller - Man
Lee Walker - Zeke

Taglines: Life's a garden. Dig it.

Release Date: 11 April 2001

Filming Locations: Dead Horse Point State Park - State Highway 313, Moab, Utah, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,016,008 (USA) (15 April 2001) (2638 Screens)

Gross: $27,087,695 (USA) (3 June 2001)

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Did You Know?

According to Dennis Miller (on his radio show 11/26/2008) he has yet to see the movie, saying that "Someone told [him] there is a scene where fecal matter falls from an airplane and hits someone on the head," and this may not be his type of movie to watch. But likes that it gives him "caché with his kids' friends."

Continuity: When Joe kicks over the shelves of clowns, his dad has a beer can in his hand in one shot, but not the others.

Joe Dirt: There are three rules when dealin' with a deadly alligator. And yes, they are deadly, don't kid yaself. Rule number one, I'm number one. Ya hear that, I like ta kid around. Rule two, the croc's number two. Now before I begin...
Kid at Gator Farm: Hey, what's rule three?
Joe Dirt: What's that? Kid, give me a break now.
Kid at Gator Farm: So you don't know rule three?
Joe Dirt: Yeah, you want a match? My face and your ass! How 'bout that friend? Huh? I mean, your ass and my face, what's up?
Joe Dirt: Here we go, I'm a bit of a crocophile, so don't try this at home. This here's Rocky, and he ain't no puppy. Now, let's see if Rocky's got some cavities.
[Joe opens Rocky's mouth]
Joe Dirt: This mofo knows not to mess with Sir Joseph Dirt.
[Joe puts his head inside Rocky's mouth, then screams as Rocky moves his head up and down thrashing Joe around]
Joe Dirt: [Rocky throws Joe out of his mouth as crowd laughs and cheers] Oh, when bad pets go bad, dang.

User Review

Good for some laughs

Rating: 8/10

Before I saw this movie, I was turned off by all the negative reviews and the fact that it was a SNL spinoff. But I bought a used tape from my video store. Instead of war coverage and serious drama, this has become a ray of hope. Make no mistake, it ain't winning any Oscars. But the slapstick is funny, has great co-stars like Joe Don Baker and Chris Walken. It has a good plotline, a search for his family. It's a lot of laughs and fun for plebes at heart. Serious, deep people will be offended, but when we try to make humor serious and deep, we're in trouble.


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