6.4/10
21,836
114 user 34 critic

Dirty Work (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 12 June 1998 (USA)
A loser finds success in the revenge-for-hire business.

Director:

Bob Saget
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Screwed (2000)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A chauffeur kidnaps his rich boss's dog to hold it for ransom, but when she accidentally gets the dog back, she thinks that it's the chauffeur who's been kidnapped.

Directors: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
Stars: Norm MacDonald, Dave Chappelle, Elaine Stritch
Norm (1999–2001)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Norm Henderson is an ex-hockey player who was banned from hockey for life for gambling and tax evasion. Now he must do five years of community service as a social worker, or go to prison. ... See full summary »

Stars: Norm MacDonald, Laurie Metcalf, Ian Gomez
Black Sheep (1996)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A gubernatorial candidate hires a wormy special assistant whose only job is to make sure the candidate's well-meaning but incompetent brother doesn't ruin the election.

Director: Penelope Spheeris
Stars: Chris Farley, David Spade, Tim Matheson
Almost Heroes (1998)
Adventure | Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A road comedy about 2 guys whose mission is to beat Lewis and Clark.

Director: Christopher Guest
Stars: Chris Farley, Matthew Perry, Bokeem Woodbine
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A man tries to rescue a woman with a little help from his half brother.

Director: Dennis Dugan
Stars: Chris Farley, Nicollette Sheridan, Robin Shou
Norm Macdonald Live (2013–2017)
Comedy | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Norm Macdonald Live is a weekly podcast hosted by Norm Macdonald and co-host Adam Eget. The show features interviews with comedians, actors, and other members of the entertainment community.

Stars: Norm MacDonald, Adam Eget, Fred Stoller
Tommy Boy (1995)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After his auto-parts tycoon father dies, the overweight, underachieving son teams up with a snide accountant to try and save the family business.

Director: Peter Segal
Stars: Chris Farley, David Spade, Brian Dennehy
Airheads (1994)
Comedy | Crime | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Three band members hoping for a big break head to a radio station to play their demo tape and wind up holding everyone hostage with plastic guns when the head D.J. refuses to play them.

Director: Michael Lehmann
Stars: Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi, Adam Sandler
Billy Madison (1995)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In order to inherit his fed up father's hotel empire, an immature and lazy man must repeat grades 1-12 all over again.

Director: Tamra Davis
Stars: Adam Sandler, Darren McGavin, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras
Norm Macdonald Has a Show (TV Series 2018)
Comedy | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Based on his podcast, comedian and former Saturday Night Live (1975) alumni Norm Macdonald and his sidekick Adam Egret sit down and chat with celebrity guests about their life, career and views in a somewhat unconventional and often irreverent way.

Stars: Norm MacDonald, Adam Eget, Michael Keaton
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In this new stand-up special, Norm Macdonald delivers sly, deadpan observations from an older -- and perhaps even wiser -- point of view.

Director: Liz Plonka
Stars: Norm MacDonald
Bulletproof (1996)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Two criminals, Keats and Moses, end their friendship, when Keats turns out to be an undercover cop. Many years later, the two are forced to work together when Keats is assigned to protect Moses as a witness.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
Stars: Damon Wayans, Adam Sandler, James Caan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norm MacDonald ... Mitch
Jack Warden ... Pops
Artie Lange ... Sam
Traylor Howard ... Kathy
Don Rickles ... Hamilton
Christopher McDonald ... Travis Cole
Chevy Chase ... Dr. Farthing
Bradley Reid Bradley Reid ... Mitch (at 8 Years Old)
Matt Steinberg Matt Steinberg ... Mitch (at 16 Years Old) (as Matthew Steinberg)
Joseph Sicilia Joseph Sicilia ... Sam (at 8 Years Old)
Austin Pool Austin Pool ... Sam (at 16 Years Old) (as Austin John Pool)
Gerry Mendicino Gerry Mendicino ... Manetti
A. Frank Ruffo ... Aldo
Hrant Alianak ... Kirkpatrick
Michael Vollans Michael Vollans ... Derek (at 10 Years Old)
Edit

Storyline

Mitch and Sam have to come up with $50,000 and fast! The only problem is neither one can hold down a job. Mitch finds a way to money by exploiting the only talents the two have, by opening a "Revenge For Hire" business. Written by Colby Smith <csmith@deltaware.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Revenge is a dish best served DIRTY. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude sexual humor and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brudna robota See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,634,236, 14 June 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,975,684, 2 August 1998
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Artie Lange was wary of working with Chevy Chase after having heard many stories from friends and colleagues about Chase's nastiness, but in his book "Too Fat to Fish", Lange recounted that he loved working with Chase and they became good friends. Lange also recounted that Chase warned him that MGM would force them to make the film PG-13 rated for release even though it was written and filmed as an R-rated film, and told him to fight that move. Lange, Norm MacDonald, and the rest of the cast and crew did fight for the R, but the studio ultimately refused because they said that there was not a large audience for R-rated comedies at that point; as Lange sadly noted in his book, "Dirty Work" was ultimately moved to an earlier release date in part to stay clear of There's Something About Mary (1988), which was not only an R-rated comedy, but became one of 1998's biggest blockbusters and revived the entire R-rated comedy genre for years to come. See more »

Goofs

When the dog and the skunk are "together" near the end of the movie, you can see the puppet skunk being manipulated by a crew member. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Derek: Hand over the milk money, Weaver.
Mitch: I'm afraid I can't do that, Derek. I'm just not sure you'll spend it on milk.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Funny outtakes from the filming play during the first half of the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also when aired the TV (USA network), the scene near the very end, when Pops says "I've also got something working again...it rhymes with 'Cock'!!!" is cut right when he says "Cock!" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Norm Macdonald Has a Show: Chevy Chase (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Good
Written by Kevin Griffin
Performed by Better Than Ezra
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By arrangement with Warner Special Products
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Not for all tastes. But if it is your taste, THIS MOVIE'S HILARIOUS!!!
1 April 2001 | by mattymatt4everSee all my reviews

Not everybody appreciates the low-brow, sarcastic attempt that Norm McDonald takes towards comedy. I wouldn't call him a genius like Mel Brooks or Woody Allen, but he knows how to do comedy and he knows how to make people laugh--Well, he knows how to make ME laugh. Sometimes you see humor that's so dumb and meaningless that it makes you crack up. That is demonstrated again and again in "Dirty Work." For example, the scene at the movie theater. Norm and Artie took revenge on their evil boss by showing a movie called "Men in Black...Who Like to Have Sex with Each Other." OK, so this is not humor that was thought of with sheer ingenuity. But I was cracking the hell up! There are all sorts of different angles you can take towards humor. You can't always tell which is the best angle. When you watch an action movie, a drama, a thriller, a mystery or almost any other genre, you look for intelligence and wit. But when you watch a comedy there's two factors--at least there should be two factors--and those are: you laugh or you don't laugh. And different things make different people laugh. So I don't appreciate haters of this movie claiming this is no more than an insult to one's intelligence. You don't need intelligence for comedy. As long as a comedy makes me laugh, I'm satisfied, and I laughed A LOT!!!

I'm glad this movie received a cult following. This wasn't a big hit in mainstream cinema, but lots of friends I know love this movie--some thought it was the funniest comedy of all time. So my recommendation is split: You might like it, you might not like it. Just check it out, there's no harm. Unless you're easily offended by jokes about obesity and homosexuality.


10 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 114 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed