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Joe Dirt (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  11 April 2001 (USA)
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Reviews: 204 user | 78 critic | 26 from Metacritic.com

After being abandoned by his parents at the Grand Canyon, Joe Dirt tells the story of his journey to find his parents.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Megan Taylor Harvey ...
Joe's Mom
Joe's Dad
Security Guard
Bean Miller ...
Lee Walker ...


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. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sex-related humor, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 April 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Joe Dirt  »

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Box Office


$17,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,016,008 (USA) (13 April 2001)


$27,087,695 (USA) (1 June 2001)

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Did You Know?


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[Joe falls off a swing]
Joe Dirt: And at that moment I thought I might just lie there and never get up. I would just sit there and rot there, but then I looked up and saw the moon and got this weird feeling that Brandi was looking up at that same moon. Then I realized I had a home all along, in Silvertown.
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Written by Myles Goodwyn
Performed by April Wine
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Good for some laughs
22 December 2001 | by (Albany, NY) – See all my reviews

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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