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Dirty Work (1998)



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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 TV commercial. Millionaire real-estate developer Travis Cole (Christopher McDonald) is bothered when Mitch and Sam interfere with his plan to wipe a woman's home out of existence. Cole hires Dirty Work to trash a building, so he can have it condemned. However, Cole doesn't own the building, and problems arise, mainly since the grandmother of Mitch's girlfriend lives in the building. The feud escalates. Cameos by Chevy Chase, the late Chris Farley, former child star Gary Coleman, Adam Sandler, and John Goodman.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Frank Sebastiano, Norm Macdonald, Frank Sebastiano
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 15, 2001


Don Rickles
as Hamilton
Chevy Chase
as Dr. Farthing
John Goodman
as Mayor Adrian Riggins...
Chris Farley
as Jimmy (uncredited)
Adam Sandler
as Satan (uncredited)
Gary Coleman
as Himself
Bradley Reid
as Mitch (age 8)
Matthew Steinberg
as Mitch (age 16)
Joseph Sicilia
as Sam (age 8)
Austin John Pool
as Sam (age 16)
Hrant Alianak
as Kirkpatrick
Michael Vollans
as Derek (age 10)
Scott Gibson
as Frat Guy
Laura Stone
as Veronica
Polly Shannon
as Toni-Ann
Rummy Bishop
as Homeless Guy at Apar...
James Carroll
as Middle-Aged Guy
Henry Chan
as Doctor at Fat Clinic
David Koechner
as Anton Phillips
Boyd Banks
as Creepy Harry
B.J. McQueen
as Big Wet Man
Tony Meyler
as Lobby Henchman
Shane Daly
as Door Henchman
James Binkley
as Unaffected Henchman
Jim Downey
as Martin/Homeless Guy
Fred Wolf (II)
as Homeless Guy
Wilfrid Bray
as Homeless Guy
Jessica Booker
as Mrs. Murphy
Johnie Case
as Policeman
Dini Petty
as Dini Petty
Mike Anscombe
as Mike Anscombe
Arturo Gil
as Midget Paul
Rebecca Romijn
as Bearded Lady
Joslyn Wenn
as Jenkins' Fantasy Gir...
Robbie Rox
as Huge Prisoner
Chris Gillett
as Suit Guy
Kevin P. Farley
as Theater Worker
Sanjay Talwar
as Theater Worker
Trevor Bain
as Henchman Jenkins
Gord Martineau
as Gord Martineau
George Sperdakos
as Opera Critic
Eleanor Davies
as Opera Critic's Date
Laura Pudwell
as Opera Lady
Emilio Roman
as Baritone Errante
George Chuvalo
as Ring Announcer
Ken Norton
as Ken Norton
Christine Oddy
as Aunt Jenny
Robert Shipman
as Crossing Guard
as Low Life
Bess Motta
as Aerobics Instructor
Arlaine Wright
as Aerobics Instructor
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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

Dirty Work Quotes

Mitch: Note to self: Remember no matter how bad life gets, there is always beer!
– Submitted by Joseph B (3 years ago)

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