Pin It
Favorite

Citizen critique 

Joe Dirt, reviewed by Bruce Hutton


David Spade uses his usual trademark disdain for his subject matter -- in this case his own character, a kind of half-southern white trash, half-California rocker dude named Joe Dirt. He works as a janitor in a radio station and has big dreams and bigger hair. Through a bizarre sequence of events, he goes on the air one day to be interviewed by L.A.'s most notorious smartass/foulmouth, played with zest by Dennis Miller, and tells his life's story on the air.


We never get to know or care about Joe Dirt, since Spade only wants to ridicule him, never understand him. We're treated to the now-obligatory gross-out scene, in this instance a dog's testicles frozen to a porch... or perhaps it's the scene where Joe has sex with a girl he believes is his sister... there are too many to nail down just one. Comedy isn't about dialogue or situations anymore, it's about how far can you push it. Can you show the sperm in the hair? Can you show the kid having sex with an apple pie? How much can you get away with because the audience, long having forgotten that comedy isn't supposed to just shock you, doesn't know the difference?


The movie wasn't at all funny. It was mean-spirited to the point of cruelty, completely without structure, totally predictable and instantly forgettable. It was exactly, precisely, the model of what is wrong with comedy today.

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • Crash > Click > Cash
  • Crash > Click > Cash

    Lawyers and chiropractors already have your name, your address and the police report from your car accident — and they want you to hire them
    • Jul 21, 2016
  • Starting Small
  • Starting Small

    A village of tiny houses in Spokane Valley could serve as a model for fighting homelessness in the region
    • Jul 21, 2016
  • Drastic Action
  • Drastic Action

    Spokane among seven school districts sued by State Superintendent of Public Instruction; plus, trio of police-chief finalists are in town
    • Jul 21, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue
Bodies Human: Anatomy in Motion

Bodies Human: Anatomy in Motion @ Mobius Science Center

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 31

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Bruce Hutton

  • Citizen critique -Training Day

    Ethan Hawke wakes up and kisses his wife good morning as she's nursing their baby. It's a scene straight out of Norman Rockwell, but Hawke is no doe-eyed innocent, he's a realist; he knows that today, his first day as a narcotics officer f
    • Oct 21, 2001
  • Citizen critique

    Two nights ago, Mark Wahlberg and I crash-landed together on a planet inhabited by talking apes that ride horses and humans who dress like fashion ended with the Flintstones. He didn't seem to enjoy it as muc
    • Aug 2, 2001
  • Citizen Critique

    Guns go off and bullets whiz by. Bombs explode in great Technicolor bursts. Airplanes dive and crash or save themselves at the last second. Ships hit by torpedoes buckle and implode, then turn over and sink with hu
    • Jun 15, 2001
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Lane Ends Ahead

    Spokane wants to improve a mile-long section of Monroe — but that means taking away two lanes
    • Jul 7, 2016
  • Too Smart for School

    What happens when a 12-year-old prodigy tries to go to college in Spokane?
    • Jun 30, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Patrolling While Black
  • Patrolling While Black

    Gordon Grant's nearly 30 years as a Spokane cop have been affected by race, but that's not the whole story
    • Jul 8, 2015
  • In Contempt
  • In Contempt

    A Spokane judge rules that the mental health system has willfully failed to follow evaluation deadlines
    • Dec 17, 2014

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation