Joe Dirt

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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.

Bad Qualities

  1. Joe is not really that bright and is prone to getting himself into various kinds of pickles.
  2. Like a majority of films made by Happy Madison, the film contains a great amount of crude and sexual humor.
  3. It turns out that Joe's parents left him behind on purpose at the Grand Canyon when he was eight years old.
  4. Offensive jokes related to white trash individuals.
  5. The humor that's not even raunchy isn't amusing either.
  6. Joe's real parents are horrid.
  7. Unlikable supporting characters like Robbie (played by Kid Rock).
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

Good Qualities

  1. 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.
  2. Brandy is a beautiful girl and has excellent chemistry with Joe.
  3. Some of the jokes work well.
  4. Joe inspires many people to do things that he never thought would be possible.
  5. Joe's life story is pretty interesting.
  6. Good rock music.
  7. Joe has some interesting mottos (e.g. "Life's a garden, dig it!")
  8. 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."

Box Office

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.


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