Joe Dirt is a 2001 comedy starring David Spade as the title character, with Christopher Walken, Dennis Miller, Jamie Pressly, Brittany Daniel and Kid Rock as supporting characters.
Joe Dirt (Spade) is a white trash janitor who goes out on the search for his long lost parents and he comes across various people including a man who sells fireworks to fund animal shelters, a country girl, a witness protection agent and an alligator farm owner who marries the witness protection agent.
- Joe is not really that bright and is prone to getting himself into various kinds of pickles.
- Like a majority of films made by Happy Madison, the film contains a great amount of crude and sexual humor.
- It turns out that Joe's parents left him behind on purpose at the Grand Canyon when he was eight years old.
- Offensive jokes related to white trash individuals.
- The humor that's not even raunchy isn't amusing either.
- Joe's real parents are horrid.
- Unlikable supporting characters like Robbie (played by Kid Rock).
- One of the dumbest and arguably crudest scenes involves Joe finding out that the "nuclear bomb" that he found in the desert is really a septic tank.
- In one scene, an oil worker urinates on a fire while covered with oil, which is disgusting and dangerous and as a result of his carelessness, he catches on fire.
- Although Joe isn't very smart, he has a heart of gold, is kindhearted, no-nonsense, has a good sense of humor and is an extremely likeable character. David Spade also gives a great performance.
- Brandy is a beautiful girl and has excellent chemistry with Joe.
- Some of the jokes work well.
- Joe inspires many people to do things that he never thought would be possible.
- Joe's life story is pretty interesting.
- Good rock music.
- Joe has some interesting mottos (e.g. "Life's a garden, dig it!")
- Some of the supporting characters are awesome, especially Christopher Walken's character.
Joe Dirt was released on April 11, 2001 and received generally negative reviews. The film currently holds an 10% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 3 out of 10, an audience score of 63% with an average of 2 out of 5 and a critic consensus that reads "If you fall within the target audience of Joe Dirt, you may find it funny. Otherwise, the jokes will seem like a tired retread." Film critics Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper both gave the film a thumbs down. Ebert also deemed it as one of his "most hated" films and awarded it with a 1.5 out of 4 stars and stated "This is the kind of movie where the hero finds two things that have fallen from the skies--a meteor and an atomic bomb--and both turn out to be a case of mistaken identity."
The film opened up at #4 on its opening weekend with a domestic gross of $8,016,008. The film would later make a total domestic gross of $27,087,695. In foreign countries, it made $3,900,000. Overall, the film grossed $30,987,695 against its $17.7 million budget making it a moderate success.