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Dirty Work (1998)



Average Rating: 3.5/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 7

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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


Drama, Comedy

Frank Sebastiano, Norm Macdonald, Fred Wolf

Aug 15, 2001


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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (25) | DVD (3)

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

June 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Tasteless? Oh, yeah.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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A tone-deaf, scattershot and dispiritingly cheesy affair with more groans than laughs.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A stupid lowdown vulgar comedy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Don't bother to hang around for the outtakes. They're not funny either.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Occasionally funny, but all too often driven by the juvenile conviction that anything even remotely connected with homosexuality is riotously funny...

June 2, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A ribald flood of comic bliss.

April 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Comment (1)
Arizona Daily Star

Okay starring vehicle for Norm MacDonald, but you'd think he could do better.

February 27, 2004
New Times

: "Saturday Night Live" alum Norm Macdonald's feature debut ain't great, but he is.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

Why does Hollywood think that everyone who ever appeared on "Saturday Night Live" deserves a film career as a reward? What's the excuse for showcasing Norm Macdonald, a third-rate Dennis Miller knockoff whose delivery is slower than Priority Mail?

June 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

...proves that a comedy doesn't need an R rating to be crude, rude, or stupid. Even an innocent PG-13 can do the trick.

April 8, 2001
Movie Metropolis

A movie that makes even Don Rickles unfunny.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

For a film called Dirty Work, what ensues is rather clean of spirit.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Didn't provide enough good jokes to sustain anything more than a half hour TV program.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Worthless but awfully earnest slapstick from Macdonald, who ain't finding the Big Screen quite so simple.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

[A] screamingly awful, achingly unfunny comedy...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Pretty poor as a movie, but hilarious as a vehicle for its unique star.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

It's no epic, but what do you want? DiCaprio?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

The jokes just aren't funny, and Macdonald's sardonic, 'non-acting' style of acting quickly becomes tiresome.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Attempts to carry on the comedic-vengeance tradition, with arguably mixed results.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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.
June 24, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Terrible funny, but very silly and expendable. Rotten.
November 3, 2011
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.
August 22, 2011

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    1. Mitch: Note to self: Remember no matter how bad life gets, there is always beer!
    – Submitted by Joseph B (2 years ago)
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