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Joe Dirt (2001)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 11 April 2001 (USA)
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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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Dennie Gordon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Bean Miller ... Man
Lee Walker Lee Walker ... Zeke
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Storyline

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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His name's not mud... but it's close. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Joe Dirt See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,016,008, 15 April 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,087,695, 3 June 2001
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The list of names Joe Dirt (David Spade) reads on the tour bus are the same as the ones Ben Stein called for attendance in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986). See more »

Goofs

The Slant-6 is a Chrysler automobile engine, known within Chrysler as the G-engine. It is an inline-6 piston engine designed such that the cylinders are inclined at a 30-degree angle from vertical. GM Trans-Am would not be using a Chrysler engine. See more »

Quotes

Joe Dirt: You're saying you have no black cats, Roman candles or screaming meemies? Come on. You don't got no ladyfingers, buzz bottles, snicker bombs... church burners, finger blasters, gut busters, zippedy-doodas, crap flappers?
Kicking Wing: No, I don't.
Joe Dirt: You're gonna stand there, owning a fireworks stand... and say you have no whistling bungholes... spleen splitters, whisker biscuits, honkey lighters, Hüsker Düs and don'ts. Cherry bombs, nipsy dazers, with or without the scooter stick... or one single whistling ...
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Alternate Versions

The DVD contains several Deleted scenes including Joe shopping for Eight Trax, and Joe getting heckled about his encounter with Buffalo Bob. See more »

Connections

References The Andromeda Strain (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Burnin' for You
Written by Richard Meltzer and Donald Roeser
Performed by Blue Öyster Cult (as Blue Oyster Cult)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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This movie is a garden...dig it!
10 June 2003 | by Incubus_RebornSee all my reviews

Joe Dirt is simply one of those underappreciated comedies. Having reacquainted myself with it recently (and repeatedly) after having not seen it in almost two years, I myself am beginning to realize that. Not only is it thoroughly funny, it is entertaining and fast paced. David Spade plays Joe Dirt, a kind, well meaning radio-station janitor with an unusual hairdo (mullet!) and extremely bad-luck. He shares his life-story with the listeners of the radio station, which mainly focuses around his never-ending search for his parents (who ditched him on a family trip to the Grand Canyon) and his unrecognized love for hometown hottie Brandy. Joe meets many unusual people along the way, has many misadventures, and as if you couldn't guess, sets himself up for many disgusting and painful situations. The humor is pretty low-brow, but who cares? The movie is funny and that's the bottom line. What I like about this movie is that I can just turn it on and let go. The movie is so well-made for a simple comedy. Spade wrote the script himself, and you can tell he took his time. Every event in the movie happens for a reason and alludes to something that will occur later down the road. Also, Joe Dirt is Spade's first likeable character. You actually feel for this doofus. Even though he looks like white-trash, he is still a good person. Which of course, leads to this movie's moral: Good things come to good people. Or as Joe would say "Life's a garden, dig it!" or "You can't have 'no' in your heart!" Christopher Walken has a hilarious bit as Dirt's co-janitor at an elementary school that has been placed in the witness protection program and Kid Rock plays Joe's bully perfectly (I love the part where he reads the note just like those guys in high school who couldn't read past 2nd grade reading level). But Spade is the real star here. Too bad this character/movie never took off. I seriously love this movie. It is consistently hilarious, has dozens of quoteable lines (stuff that you say to people in your daily routine) and has an overall feel good vibe to it. I don't know how anyone can trash this movie. For one thing, it's an Adam Sandler production, you know what type of humor you're in for. And secondly: The movie is called 'Joe Dirt!' There are no pretensions here, folks. I wish there were more movies like this out there. And although not everyone appreciates it, I am glad that I at least have this movie and can watch it a million times if I want to. Joe Dirt, you're my hero.

10/10


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