Joe Dirt (2001)



Critic Consensus: If you fall within the target audience of Joe Dirt, you may find it funny. Otherwise, the jokes will seem like a tired retread.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for crude and sex related humor, language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David Spade, Fred Wolf (II)
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 28, 2001
Box Office: $27.1M
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


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as Joe's Little Sister

as Joe's Mom

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as Greasy Mechanic

as Producer Fred

as Meteor Bert

as Oil Rig Boss

as Oil Rig Co-Worker

as Buffalo Bob

as Man at Dental Clinic

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as Kid at Carnival

as Cop at Crime Scene

as Miss Clipper

as Cafeteria Kid

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as Chemistry Student

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as Cop at Clem's House

as Car Dealer

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Critic Reviews for Joe Dirt

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (27)

Contrived yet unpretentious, predictable yet surprising, this underdog comedy and its title character have considerable charm.

Full Review… | February 28, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A comic named David Spade stars in a movie called Joe Dirt, and that's about as funny as things get here.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

In one scene, raw sewage is dumped on Joe. See Joe Dirt and you'll know how that feels.

April 18, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Were nature to take the course they both seem to want, the movie could end in 15 minutes. And it would still be too long.

Full Review… | April 13, 2001
USA Today
Top Critic

To see it is to sit through scene after scene like the one in which a hulking oil rigger spattered with crude takes a leak on some smoldering ashes for no reason at all.

April 13, 2001
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

Crass, formulaic comedy with bullying, cartoonish violence.

Full Review… | June 23, 2015
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Joe Dirt


A decent comedy with a few laughs, Joe Dirt lacks an effective story, but manages to make you smile a few times. In terms of this being a good comedy, it isn't, but it's not the worst either. The film has some comical moments here and there, and though never anything great, this isn't a film to take seriously. Sometimes it's good to enjoy a mindless comedy; Joe Dirt is such a film. A mindless entertaining comedy, meant to watch on a rainy night, this film may have plenty of imperfections, and it is stupid quite a few times, but it's harmless fun. Don't expect a memorable comedy with this one, expect a dimwitted film, and you won't be disappointed. This is, like I said, a mindless comedy. Funny, but stupid, this is nonetheless entertaining for what it is. The film has charm. The film could have been better, but this isn't an awful film. I enjoyed the film for what it was, and thought it was mindless fun. Don't expect a great film with Joe Dirt, expect something amusing, and you won't be disappointed. This is the type of film that you watch with friend to have a good time. The film has its flaws, but it's not as bad as you'd might think. This simply put, a fun little flick, and is much better than any recent Adam Sandler flick. There's enough here to enjoy, just keep your expectations average, and you may enjoy this film. Joe Dirt could have been a better film, but it manages to entertaining and amusing despite its many flaws. David Spade does manage to keep it amusing throughout and the gags are plentiful, even though some are pretty dull at times. Worth watching at least once.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

This was too dumb for words. David Spade was perfect for this, seeing as its not much to work with. The plot is interesting in an idiotic way. The movie was overall bad, with a few funny moments.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

Funny in a SNL, Spade way, but not a "masterpiece."

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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