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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 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, Rovimore
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


David Spade
as Joe Dirt
Dennis Miller
as Zander Kelly
Adam Beach
as Kicking Wing
Erik Per Sullivan
as Little Joe Dirt
Kid Rock
as Robby
Eric Per Sullivan
as Joe Dirt (age 8)
Megan Taylor Harvey
as Joe's Little Sister
Caroline Aaron
as Joe's Mom
Fred Ward
as Joe's Dad
Kevin Nealon
as Greasy Mechanic
Fred Wolf (II)
as Producer Fred
Hamilton Camp
as Meteor Bert
Gordon Michaels
as Oil Rig Boss
Lenny Schmidt
as Oil Rig Co-Worker
Brian Thompson
as Buffalo Bob
Robb Skyler
as Man at Dental Clinic
John Farley
as Security Guard
Bob Zany
as Bullying Man No. 1
Bean Miller
as Bullying Man No. 2
Que Kelly
as Beauty College Woman
Kathleen Lambert
as Beauty College Woman
Liz Torres
as Beauty College Woman
Elisa Leonetti
as Beauty College Woman
Chris Wylde
as Heckling Railroad Bo...
Justin Staffer
as Heckling Railroad Bo...
Justin Kupanoff
as Heckling Railroad Bo...
Tom McGillen
as Painter
John Kirk
as Painter
Angela Paton
as Woman With Roadrunne...
Rance Howard
as Bomb Squad Cop
Erin Murphy
as Sorority Girl
Bree Turner
as Sorority Girl
Natalia Cigliuti
as Sorority Girl
Avery Rosin
as Kid at Carnival
Steven Brill
as Cop at Crime Scene
Mitzi Martin
as Miss Clipper
Mark Abney
as Cafeteria Kid
Ian Falk
as Cafeteria Kid
Matthew Siemonsma
as Cafeteria Kid
Joshua Farrell
as Cafeteria Kid
Alexandra Amoscato
as Cafeteria Kid
Brian Chiesa
as Cafeteria Kid
Eric Marquette
as Chemistry Student
Fred Stoller
as Chemistry Teacher
Kevin P. Farley
as Cop at Clem's House
Richard Riehle
as Car Dealer
Blake Clark
as Old Cajun Man
Hal Fishman
as Newscaster
Eddie Money
as Himself
David Garry
as Joe's Fan
Jourdan Fremin
as Reporter at Parents'...
Kristina Simonds
as Reporter on the Brid...
Karl Makinen
as Cop at Bridge
James Tupper
as Cop at Bridge
Jana Sandler
as Woman on Bridge
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Critic Reviews for Joe Dirt

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (28)

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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