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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joe Dirt
... Brandy
... Zander Kelly
... Kicking Wing
... Clem
... Jill
... Robby
... Little Joe Dirt
Megan Taylor Harvey ... Joe's Little Sister
... Joe's Mom
... Joe's Dad
... Security Guard
... Man
Bean Miller ... Man
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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Rated PG-13 for crude and sex-related humor, and for language | See all certifications »

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11 April 2001 (USA)  »

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The Adventures of Joe Dirt  »

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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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Trivia

The list of names Joe Dirt reads on the tour bus are the same as the ones Ben Stein calls for attendance in Ferris Bueller's Day Off See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the film, you see the 8 track tape in the player and Joe "turns it up". The label reads "Lynyrd Skynyrd Second Helping" and "Steroe 8" (with stereo spelled wrong). In the next scene when he turns the music down at the guard shack, the label is torn up and not legible. See more »

Quotes

Joe Dirt: [after finally finding his parents] I - I - I don't mean to interrupt your clown pitch there, but - but how exactly do you not go right back to the place where you saw me?
[the news crew goes baffled]
Joe's Dad: [sarcastically] Hey! How exactly is a rainbow made? How exactly does a sun set? How exactly does a posi-trac rear-end on a Plymouth work? It just does.
[guffaws]
Joe's Mom: It just does.
Joe Dirt: [sternly] I'm not talking about a posi-trac; I'm talking about me. How long did you look for me before you gave up? How lone ...
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: David Spade/Jack Johnson (2005) See more »

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Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Written and Performed by Bob Seger
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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One of the best comedies I have ever seen...
23 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Joe Dirt, played perfectly by David Spade, has to be one of the best comedies I have seen in the last 20 years. While the plot may be far-fetched, the movie does stick to it and is set up perfectly.

Alongside Spade, Dennis Miller's cheap jabs at Dirt are absolutely priceless. His encounter with Miller sets up the whole premise for the movie, and the story begins. It takes you through different experiences Dirt has had from the time he lost his parents at the Grand Canyon all the way to the present.

Christopher Walker also makes a great appearance in the movie.

If you like movies such as Dodgeball, Old School, Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, etc... you will love this one. You have to judge this movie on what it is aimed to do, and that is tell a story of perseverance from Dirt, who gets picked on throughout life and keeps a good attitude, which is a welcomed message. And first and foremost, the movie is made to keep you smiling throughout, and for that it accomplished the goal to perfection. 10/10


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