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  • Summary: The year is 1975 and little Joe Dirt is dumpster diving at a Grand Canyon tourist stop. After gorging himself on half-eaten snacks, he emerges from the garbage bin, only to find that his parents have left him. Now grown up and working as a janitor, Joe's got a mullet hairdo, acid-washed jeans, and a dream -- to find the parents that he lost, or lost him. (Columbia Tristar) Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 26
  2. Negative: 18 out of 26
  1. Spade, who almost invariably plays smug or smarmy characters, proves he really can act.
  2. Ends up blowing its own joke. Instead of making Joe blissfully arrogant in his Southern rock dude myopia, it turns him into a shuffling masochistic loser.
  3. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    A full-throated shout-out to the lowest common denominator.
  4. Knows its audience and doesn't stint on the flatulence jokes, poop jokes, leg-humping dogs and moments of homo-panic.
  5. 20
    Relentlessly softheaded and softhearted.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Takes a prominent place along with "Tomcats," "Say It Isn't So," "Saving Silverman" and "Get Over It" on the list of reasons why raucous teen farce is headed six feet under.
  7. Sandler and Spade continue their avid quest to dumb down America.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 85
  2. Negative: 7 out of 85
  1. Harry
    Sep 20, 2008
    I love this movie, david spade actually turned out a great movie without Chris Farley by his side * rest in peace *.
  2. AndrewB
    Dec 24, 2009
    This is a hilarious movie, honestly these critics need to calm down and realize that this movie doesn't try to be a masterpiece it tries to be funny. and it does that perfectly. Expand
  3. Mar 24, 2011
    This movie is hilarious and how is it not funny. The critics are always picking on the comedy movies with David Spade and the other comedians of the SNL circuit. Expand
  4. RobB
    Jan 5, 2008
    The critics need to pull their heads from their bums. Spade and Sandler are not trying to dumb down anyone they are making movies that make people laugh. This movie is escapist. You see it to laugh and have a good time. Enjoy watching a down and out nice guy getting dumped on. I love this movie because it is simple and funny. If one wants to watch socially relevant "FILMS" why would they see a movie titled Joe Dirt? This is a great comedy. Expand
  5. Jun 30, 2012
    You won't like this movie if you take it too seriously. Just sit back, enjoy the movie and it might just surprise you. It's a nice mixture of dumb comedy, a cute plot with a few twists. Expand
  6. Oct 15, 2010
    I consistently record this on my DVR when it comes on TBS or something. It's too funny and stupid not to watch. David Spade is an idiot in it, but I laugh the whole way through. Friends and I still quote this movie. Expand
  7. JohnS.
    Sep 17, 2001
    This movie was horrible. I can't believe Adam Sandler produced this movie. This was the worst movie a Saturday Night Live star has ever made. It was ever worse than "Stuart Saves His Family" and "It's Pat." Expand

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