Joe Dirt

Joe Dirt

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Director: Dennie Gordon

Cast: David Spade, Dennis Miller, Brittany Daniel

     
 

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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 atSee more details below

Overview

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 family, all while being prodded, teased, and eventually embraced by a sarcastic deejay (Dennis Miller) and a rapt listening audience. His travels involve stints selling fireworks, wrangling alligators, riding aloft in a car dealership display balloon, and being held captive by a Silence of the Lambs-style serial killer. Despite numerous setbacks and bruising physical injuries, Joe emerges from each episode with his spirit intact as he searches optimistically for his roots, and eventually for the chance to return to the one place he was accepted -- a rural farm where the girl of his dreams (Brittany Daniel) awaits. The directorial debut of Dennie Gordon, Joe Dirt was produced by Adam Sandler's production company, Happy Madison, and features musician Kid Rock, also debuting, in the supporting role of Joe's rival. ~ Derek Armstrong

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
With Joe Dirt, producer Adam Sandler continues to prove his proclivity toward comedies named after the main character (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Deuce Bigalow), and more than ever before, that he's got influence with an array of name actors willing to supply cameos and play down to the material. This last quality doesn't make Joe Dirt a good movie, but it does lend it a certain legitimacy by affiliation, enough so that it falls into the generous category of "better than it could have been." In addition to the usual cast of SNL collaborators, Joe Dirt features the game cooperation of Christopher Walken, Fred Ward, Rosanna Arquette, and Joe Don Baker, among others. David Spade is okay in the title role, but he's basically miscast, having woven a career of pipsqueak bullying marked by sarcastic retorts and insults. He looks less comfortable as the one who gets insulted, no matter how much he may yearn for a career makeover as the sensitive and sympathetic hero who gets the girl. The film offers some brisk and mindless charm functioning as a sort of Homer's Odyssey for morons, but only a couple of the episodes are even worth smiling about, with the lion's share consisting of uninspired slapstick centered around doodoo and food fights. There's not all that much to like in Joe Dirt, but it's hardly worth hating, either.
Chicago Reader
...in fact, the whole movie somehow keeps accidentally finding bits of magic as it exploits every genre convention you can think of.... There's a beautifully integrated, cannily surreal subplot that riffs on actor Christopher Walken's tendency to turn up in strange small roles...Lisa Alspector

Product Details

Release Date:
07/25/2006
UPC:
0043396153844
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:31:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Director's commentary; David Spade's commentary; Outtakes & bloopers reel; Deleted scenes and alternate scenes; Theatrical trailers; Filmographies; Production notes

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Spade Joe Dirt
Dennis Miller Zander Kelly
Brittany Daniel Brandy
Kid Rock Robby
Adam Beach Kicking Wing
Jaime Pressly Jill
Christopher Walken Clem
Joe Don Baker Actor
Erik Per Sullivan Little Joe Dirt
Megan Taylor Harvey Joe's Little Sister
Caroline Aaron Joe's Mother
Fred Ward Joe's Dad
Kevin Nealon Greasy Mechanic
James Tupper Cop

Technical Credits
Dennie Gordon Director
Alan Au Art Director
Perry Andelin Blake Production Designer
Michael Dilbeck Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Giarraputo Executive Producer
David Kelson Sound/Sound Designer
Evette Knight Set Decoration/Design
John R. Leonetti Cinematographer
Richard Lightstone Sound/Sound Designer
Rip Murray Asst. Director
Roger Mussenden Casting
Peck Prior Editor
Adam Sandler Executive Producer
Marty Eli Schwartz Asst. Director
Ira Shuman Co-producer
Domenic Silvestri Set Decoration/Design
Robert Simonds Producer
David Spade Screenwriter
Waddy Wachtel Score Composer
Alexandra Welker Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred Wolf Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Joe Dirt
1. Start [3:29]
2. Zander Kelly [1:58]
3. Ditched at the Canyon [:36]
4. Foster Parents [3:35]
5. Lucky Joe Meteorite [2:20]
6. Boeing Bombs [:49]
7. Charlie [6:19]
8. "Go Get Help!" [5:20]
9. Going on Break [1:56]
10. Hired & Fired [1:54]
11. Police Sketches [:54]
12. Kicking Wing [3:36]
13. Trippin' [4:00]
14. Covered in Stinky Stuff [4:37]
15. "Why Do You Love?" [5:43]
16. White Trash Perv [2:32]
17. Buffalo Bob [2:46]
18. Clem [3:13]
19. Mustard Gas Hero [:49]
20. The Dead Rises [1:43]
21. Showtime! [5:11]
22. The Family Home [1:54]
23. Robby's News [3:12]
24. "Your Search is Over." [2:44]
25. America's Sweetheart [2:13]
26. Joe's Parents [2:35]
27. On the Brink [3:26]
28. Silvertown Family Reunion [2:35]
1. Start [3:29]
2. Zander Kelly [1:58]
3. Ditched at the Canyon [:36]
4. Foster Parents [3:35]
5. Lucky Joe Meteorite [2:20]
6. Boeing Bombs [:49]
7. Charlie [6:19]
8. "Go Get Help!" [5:20]
9. Going on Break [1:56]
10. Hired & Fired [1:54]
11. Police Sketches [:54]
12. Kicking Wing [3:36]
13. Trippin' [4:00]
14. Covered in Stinky Stuff [4:37]
15. "Why Do You Love?" [5:43]
16. White Trash Perv [2:32]
17. Buffalo Bob [2:46]
18. Clem [3:13]
19. Mustard Gas Hero [:49]
20. The Dead Rises [1:43]
21. Showtime! [5:11]
22. The Family Home [1:54]
23. Robby's News [3:12]
24. "Your Search is Over." [2:44]
25. America's Sweetheart [2:13]
26. Joe's Parents [2:35]
27. On the Brink [3:26]
28. Silvertown Family Reunion [2:35]

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