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Dirty Work is an originally funny comedy. There are many movies that are about the same thing, but this is definitely something different. Norm Macdonald in my opinion hasn't really done anything good since Saturday Night Live canned him. This movie was a good way to boost him to the top for awhile. He has definitely scored with a few hilarious comedies. This film is one of my absolute favorite movies. It definitely has a different meaning to it then what you see today. So if one night you can't decide on what to watch, give it a try by renting it from a video store. Also this was the last film of Chris Farley before his death, so RENT NOW!!!!
By making no apologies for its silly, if not bizarre, humor, "Dirty
Work" manages to be a comic gem in its own little way. Norm MacDonald
plays Mitch Weaver, who along with buddy Sam McKenna (Artie Lange)
become an unusual pair of entrepreneurs by starting a "revenge for
hire" business. Soon business takes off as the guys sabotage homes, get
even with mean bosses and turn a housing development into something of
a ghetto. All this to (comedy cliché alert) raise money for an
operation for Sam's ailing father.
The brand of humor in "Dirty Work" is the sort that plays to our immaturity, much like the early Adam Sandler pictures such as Billy Madison and Happy Gimore. The film also has an appealing enough story that it moves along at a slick pace even when it's not uproarious. Judging by the box office results for "Dirty Work," it seems MacDonald's act is lost on many filmgoers. But if you're one of those who finds him hilarious, there's no doubt you'll have a great time with "Dirty Work."
"Dirty Work" is about two friends who open a revenge for hire business. Mitch (Norm MacDonald), our hero, seems to have no other talents other than getting back at people. Sam (Artie Lange) is his lifelong buddy. I was surprised by Artie Lange's acting ability. There was one scene where he got angry at MacDonald, and I thought Lange did a pretty good job. Jack Warden plays Sams' father, and his character seemed to me to be one note, a horny old man. Traylor Howard, as Kathy, Mitch's love interest, was barely there. She was given too much to do. The direction by Bob Saget was competent, nothing outstanding. And except for some very funny moments, nothing was really laugh out loud. I noticed that a shooting star was in the background during a scene where Mitch and Sam are talking on a rooftop. Maybe I'm jaded, but I thought it was a special effect, but then I thought, why bother with such a meaningless special effect (unless it has some symbolism only known to the film makers)? Anyway, not a terrible way to spend 90 minutes, but I would recommend not going out of your way to see this one.
Like most Americans, when this movie came out, I listened to the
critics when they said how horrible this movie was. Cut to years later,
I catch it on USA early one morning and decided to watch a few minutes
of it and move on. I ended up watching the entire movie and laughed my
ass off the entire time.
This film is a very underrated comedy, though it is very juvenile. Norm Macdonald and Artie Lange have great chemistry and there are wonderful cameos from Chevy Chase and Don Rickles. It's not highbrow humor, like say "Sideways" - which I loved as well, but for those looking for a good cheap laugh, it's great.
I have been a fan of Norm MacDonald for a long time. I enjoyed his run on
SNL, his sitcom on NBC, his sitcom on FOX that was quickly canceled, and
both this movie & Screwed. I howled the whole time during this movie. It is
Norm's great and original humor that makes this movie hilarious to me. The
supporting cast was great also, especially 'Pops'.
Bottom line: This is a hysterical film :)
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I saw this movie, not really knowing how it was gonna be, but I'm glad I
it. The story (I'm not being a spoiler here so don't think I am) is about
two friends who start a revenge for hire business. When I read the
on the back of the box when I saw it at Blockbuster, I decided to give it
run. I laughed like a hyena at the way they got the revenge (not giving
away the specifics) they were hired to carry out for people. As a matter
fact, the producers of this movie owe me a new carpet, as I laughed so
I spit my drink out on the rug*. This movie is a must see if you like
*Don't take that part about the drink and rug seriously, I'm only joking about that, but this movie might actually make you do that if you laugh too hard.
Funny...funny...funny!!! Norm shines in this great film directed by *gasp* Bob Saget!! The other reviews have to plot line so I will save you some time on my review. A very funny movie that is unlike others whereas it's not as predictable...sure there's always a happy ending...but the getting there is the best part. It's a lot of low brow, crude humor...but if you are into it, like me, you will throughly enjoy this movie and laugh your pants off. And yes, I bought this in the $5 bin at Blockbuster, but I would have gladly paid more! Dirty Work will have you flipping though your yellow pages to see if you have a local revenge for hire business after you see the kind of things done in this flick! Two thumbs and two big toes up!
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Fortunately, this film was far BETTER than advertised...and, having seen
more than a dozen times, I rank it second (behind only the monumentally
hilarious "Dumb and Dumber") on the list of my all-time favorite
This film is brilliantly written and edited, with Norm MacDonald hammering home each and every one of his trademark point-blank, ultra-dry one-liners with flawless timing. The story is almost ridiculously simplistic, but it doesn't matter. It serves only as a vehicle for Norm's remarkably funny brand of humor.
-PLOT SETUP- Having lost his latest in a string of lousy jobs, as well as his girlfriend (who grew tired of dating a loser), Mitch Weaver (MacDonald) is forced to live with his lifelong best friend, Sam (Artie Lange). But when Sam's intimidating, horny father ("Pops") has a heart attack, Sam asks Mitch to help him raise a quick $50,000 so that the old man's shady, gambling addict of a doctor (Chevy Chase) will bump him to the top of the donor list. With Pops on his possible deathbed, he admits to Mitch that he is really Mitch's father and that the two best friends are actually half-brothers. Keeping this secret from Sam, Mitch wants to do everything he can to help raise the money, but can't seem to find a way. The two make several futile attempts to earn some fast cash, but Norm soon figures out that the only thing he is good at is getting revenge on people who give him "crap". Thus, Dirty Work, an inventive revenge-for hire business, is founded. Hilarious consequences ensue.
There are so many funny moments in this movie that to try and name any would be silly. It is sometimes crude, often ridiculous, but always hilarious. Norm MacDonald is a genius, and his delivery is masterful. Don't listen to naysayers if you at all enjoy comedies that are stupidly smart, blatantly subtle and mindlessly witty. "Dirty" works.
This movie goes to prove how damn funny Norm MacDonald is. His way of
gets me rolling with laughter every time. This is one of those movies
if it had more promotion it would have been remembered as one of the
but somehow people forget about this masterpiece of the comedy art form.
Chevy Chase is great in this and the always funny Chris Farley pulled off
hell of a lot of laughs in his last starring role. 11/10
We will all miss you Farley, you ruled.
Starring: Norm MacDonald, Artie Lange, and Traylor Howard.
A loser who lost his girlfriend, job, and some other stuff joins up with a friend and makes a "revenge" business. It was fun to see some of these revenges go down. I especially liked the frat one. But some of these revenges worked quite well for some, but worked bad for others.
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