Dirty Work (1998)



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Movie Info

Shortly after leaving the "Weekend Update" anchor slot on Saturday Night Live, Norm Macdonald resurfaced in this comedy about smart-aleck Mitch Weaver who teams with buddy Sam McKenna (Artie Lange of Mad TV). They open a revenge-for-hire business (Dirty Work Inc.) in order to raise $50,000 so Sam's father (Jack Warden) can get a heart transplant. After they bring down a dictatorial movie theater manager (Don Rickles), they next hire prostitutes to pose as dead bodies during an auto dealer's live … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Frank Sebastiano, Norm Macdonald, Fred Wolf (II)
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 15, 2001


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as Derek (age 10)

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as Doctor at Fat Clinic

as Anton Phillips

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as Big Wet Man

as Lobby Henchman

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as Mrs. Murphy

as Policeman

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as Suit Guy

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as Henchman Jenkins

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as Opera Critic

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as Baritone Errante

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as Aunt Jenny

as Crossing Guard

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Critic Reviews for Dirty Work

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (7)

The outrageousness isn't consistently sustained, and the pic tends to peter out somewhere around the two thirds mark.

Full Review… | June 2, 2008
Top Critic

Tasteless? Oh, yeah.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A tone-deaf, scattershot and dispiritingly cheesy affair with more groans than laughs.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A stupid lowdown vulgar comedy.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Don't bother to hang around for the outtakes. They're not funny either.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Occasionally funny, but all too often driven by the juvenile conviction that anything even remotely connected with homosexuality is riotously funny...

Full Review… | June 2, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Dirty Work


Painfully bad, Bob Saget's Dirty Work is a bland comedy that is not worth your time and relies on stupid humor for making you laugh. Problem is, is that it's not funny. This film bad, and with a poor cast that really don't bring anything good to the screen, this film should be avoided. The film is so poorly written and though it has an interesting idea for a plot, it fails due to a weak cast. I hate Norm MacDonald and Artie Lange. I find them to be very mediocre comedians that simply aren't funny. Bob Saget directs this, and he showcases his extremely unfunny humor in spades. Dirty Work might have succeeded if it had a better script, better cast and better director. This was bad. I didn't like it one bit and thought it a waste of time. This is not the type of comedy that withstands multiple viewings. Dirty Work has a bad film, one with a paper thin plot, and bad gags that don't stand out. You can watch something better than this, and as far as comedies are concerned, this one simply is a collection of poorly written jokes after the other. This could have been a great film, but it fails on almost every level, and it's not worth watching. I've seen it once when it came out, and that was enough. If you want a great comedy that will actually make you laugh, watch something else. Dirty Work simply didn't cut it, and is a pointless film that misses the mark on every level. Whenever it tries to be funny, it isn't. The humor just becomes repetitive after awhile, and ultimately unfunny. A good idea ruined by a poor script.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Terrible funny, but very silly and expendable. Rotten.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

I saw this on TV one day, but I didn't see all of it. There were some funny scenes, but for the most part I wasn't too entertained.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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