Joe Dirt
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As the title character of Joe Dirt, David Spade plays a "white trash" janitor at an L.A. radio station, whose mullet hairdo is just one of many personal oddities that make him the object of much ridicule. And the sanitation gig is just the most recent of Joe's many incarnations during a tumultuous life, which got off on the wrong foot when Joe was abandoned at the Grand Canyon by his parents as a young child. After stumbling into the on-air studio, Joe steadily recounts the sad and comical story of how he cared for himself and journeyed around the country trying to relocate his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

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"Contrived yet unpretentious, predictable yet surprising, this underdog comedy and its title character have considerable charm."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Were nature to take the course they both seem to want, the movie could end in 15 minutes. And it would still be too long."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"...none of it is funny."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"With its quirky characters, silly sight gags, and the tasteless humor that has become a staple among teen comedies of late, this film will not fail to amuse its market."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"like watching a talentless stand-up struggling through Open Mike Night, inspiring catcalls instead of laughs and bringing on lethargy instead of levity."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"A comic named David Spade stars in a movie called Joe Dirt, and that's about as funny as things get here."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"To see it is to sit through scene after scene like the one in which a hulking oil rigger spattered with crude takes a leak on some smoldering ashes for no reason at all."
‑ Cody Clark, Mr. Showbiz
"Nothing written here will stop this film from being a huge hit, but don't say you weren't warned."
‑ Joe Mader, Palo Alto Weekly
"The juvenile humor, however, is not so much a miscalculation as simple overkill."
‑ Michael Dequina, Film Threat
"It's not likely to be remembered come Oscar time...but if you find yourself laughing at your own flatulence from time to time, you might find some solid giggles."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"In one scene, raw sewage is dumped on Joe. See Joe Dirt and you'll know how that feels."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"[Miller's] reduced to the guy in the backseat spouting off obscure nerdisms when everyone else just wants to talk dirty and get stupid."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Sally forth, gentle viewer, and enjoy yourself. En route, you will experience a steady supply of doo-doo jokes, dispensed in seven-minute intervals by the Script-O-Tron 3000TM."
‑ Marrit Ingman, Austin Chronicle
"Joe is often ridiculous and rather dumb, but there's a sweetness to him."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"While Spade did succeed in winning my sympathy, it wasn't worth sitting through all those bad jokes and weak comedy sketches to get to that point."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
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