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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

A Guilty Pleasure

8/10
Author: thepetshopboy from La Jolla, CA
12 January 1999

Saw this at the theatre with a friend of mine and laughed harder than I have laughed since "Kingpin". A no-hold-barred "gross-out" comedy which is actually much funnier than "Something About Mary." If you're a fan of the 1984 cult comedy classic "Night Patrol" with Pat Paulsen, Linda Blair, Andrew Dice Clay and the Unknown Comic you will love this movie!

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

hilarious

Author: Ron Jeremy
12 January 1999

This movie is hilarious!!! The best line is held by Jack Warden at the end when he talks about another part of his body that the doctors could fix. However, I'd have to say that the best part involves the gay porn version of Men in Black.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Prepare yourself for a classic...

8/10
Author: Moonie-4 from USA
4 January 1999

This movie ranks right up there with "The Godfather", "Casablanca", and "Gone With The Wind" as one of the all time greats. Norm MacDonald, in perhaps the role of a lifetime as "Mitch" (a role, I'm sure, the likes of DeNiro or Pacino would *kill* for) absolutely turns in a performance that should result in no less than an Oscar for Best Actor. If MacDonald should get bypassed for this award (let's face it, the nomination is already sewed up), it would be the biggest upset since Henry Fonda was bypassed in 1940 for the Best Actor nod for his Tom Joad in the "Grapes of Wrath" (a role that eerily draws parallels to MacDonald's portrayal of Mitch).

The bulletproof plot (I won't spoil it by going into many details, but I will say that the opera scene exhibits the type of class this movie truly exudes), perfectly crafted dialogue, as well as the superior supporting performances of Artie Lange (another Oscar shoe-in), Jack Warden, the great Don Rickles (showing his great acting range in yet another Oscar-worthy performance), Gary Coleman, the late-great Chris Farley, Chevy Chase, and even former heavyweight champ Ken Norton chip in with great bit performances, adding to the tapestry that is this wonderful movie. Bob Saget gets to spread his wings with this project, and once he secures his Best Director Oscar for "Dirty Work", one can place him alongside Coppola, Spielberg, and yes, Ingmar Bergman, as a true directorial genius.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

it's not THAT bad

Author: summer-9
2 January 1999

dirty work is by no means the best picture of the year, however, it is not the worst, either. if you like the snl actors that are in the film, and if you are the type person that will laugh at a burp/fart/rude comment instead of be offended by it then you will probably be able to laugh at this film. while dirty work is no more than comedy with little story to tell, it is a comedy, and it should at least make you smile.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

I thought Dirty Work was great!

Author: Walter Clark (playa6596@aol.com)
13 December 1998

I thought Dirty Work was a great movie. My friend and I talk about it everyday at school. It is one of the funniest movies I've seen in my life. I thought it was hilarious. I am a fan of Norm MacDonald, Chris Farley, and Artie Lang. They all were great.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

C'mon... it's funny!

Author: cinefan from California, USA
24 November 1998

This is by no means a work of cinematic genius, but it's pretty damn funny. Well, if you're a Norm MacDonald fan, it's great... all others beware. Full of the most un-PC humor, this film aims pretty low, but succeeds on that level (it's not trying to be "Annie Hall," people). The plot and romantic sub-plot with Traylor Howard are, at best, totally forgettable, but the filmmakers could care less. Despite Bob Saget's uber-blandeness on network TV, he was a VERY dirty, very funny stand-up way-back-when, and was a great choice to direct - he does a nice job. Expert comics like Rickels, Warden, & ex-SNL alumni David Koechner, Adam Sandler, & Chris Farley all make appearances. MacDonald is great (but no actor) and Lange is good, too. Just turn your mind off and laugh. How can you hate a film where more than half the punchlines involve the word "whore" in them?

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Great, if you like Norm

9/10
Author: Jeff Bockelman from West Lafayette, IN
12 November 1998

If you enjoyed Norm on Saturday Night Live and his brand of slow and deliberate humor, you will love this movie. The writing isn't great, but even during the stupidest scenes, I laughed just because of the comic timing. The overuse of the note-to-self gag that he did on the Weekend Update during this movie was reminiscent of David Letterman saying one joke over and over again on his show. One warning: If you object to hearing the word "whore", don't see this movie.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

MacDonald at his finest

Author: Herbert-5 from Plovdiv, Bulgaria
26 October 1998

To anyone who thought this movie was stupid and tasteless, I just have one thing to say, this is Norm MacDonald we're talikng about here, what did you expect? This film is hilarious if you're a fan of MacDonald's, if you're not, don't expect Oscar material. It's too bad some people take this kinda movie seriously, the whole thing is just one huge joke, and I think that you go out and see this one with that frame of mind, you'll enjoy a lot more. I'm a big fan of Sandler, Farley, Spade, Myers, all those SNL guys, so I thought this movie was good in its own sick twisted way.

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Trys but fails

5/10
Author: jef the movie man from Canada
22 March 2002

I will give this 5/10.The movie did try and is in a few seens very funny but %70 is gross and dumb.I don't really like Norm Mcdonald after this. One of the biggist disapointments of the movie is Jack Warden.He was very funny in problem child but in this you can tell he's out of work. I think he should stick to dirty work if he's talking like that.Other

then that i would say don't rent this movie.I laughed but was also grossed out.

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Not Norm's best

4/10
Author: Primtime from Langley
26 August 1999

Dirty Work is a film that doesn't work. The whole storyline seems created out of convenience, never strong enough to make the audience care. Only a few laughs come out of this boring story and script and are mostly due to MacDonald's dry humour.

The cameos of Chevy Chase, Chris Farley and Adam Sandler are all wasted, not using each to the best of their abilities. I wonder if Chevy ever saw the finished product of this film. Because if he did, he would have surely asked for his part to be cut. Chase has no funny lines in the entire film even though they are all meant to be funny. Same goes for Farley, other than his final scene,, his role isn't at all funny.

The ending of this film is pathetic, causing one to question if Mr. Saget ran out of film, MGM lost patience or MacDonald just got sick of being boring.

Dirty Work is good for a few crude laughs, but still a waste of an hour and a half.

4/10 stars.

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