Joe Dirt

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +1

Content: -3

Sometimes a persons eccentric traits can be endearing, other times annoying. Joe Dirt (David Spade), both the character and the movie, fall into the latter category. Working as a janitor at a Los Angeles radio station, Joe catches the eye of Howard Stern-like shock jock Zander Kelly (Dennis Miller). Kelly immediately puts the oddball Joe, a devotee of rock music, on the air. Over the next few days, Joe enthralls Kellys radio listeners with his tales of travel and odd jobs, like wrestling alligators, while searching for the parents who lost him at the Grand Canyon as a child. He becomes an overnight sensation as the entire country tunes in to hear the climactic ending to his long journey. Unfortunately, JOE DIRT seems to lack any real humor, although some famous faces in cameo roles create a few chuckles. With limited laughs and a bathroom mentality, the movie may fall face down in the dirt.

Orphaned Joe really only wants to find his parents, and his travels are determined by whatever clues he can follow. This yearning by Joe reflects the importance of parents in a child's life and, even as adults, their desire for the security of belonging that comes with family. However, beyond that theme, the movie is filled with sexual innuendo, crude bathroom humor involving human waste and bodily functions, and humorous treatment of drug use. At one point, Joe is covered with the contents of a septic tank truck as they spill out over him. One sexual encounter, without nudity, occurs as well. Of course, at the time, Joe believes he's with his sister, adding an even more disgusting dimension to the scene. Frequent crude language, obscenities and profanity also help JOE DIRT live up to its gritty name.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (32) times - Mild 12, moderate 20

Obscene Language: Many (18) times - S-word 5, other 13

Profanity: Many (15) times Regular 8 (GD 3, J, G, For G sake, For C sake, G Almighty); Exclamatory 7 (OG, OMG, Thank G 2)

Violence: Several times Moderate, often slapstick (man pushed around/ runs into building wall/ thrown down/ lit on fire/ falls down/ bit and thrown around by alligator, man hits head)

Sex: Once (strongly implied by sounds of pleasure as bed shakes violently couple not seen)

Nudity: Twice (male rear, side female breast); Near Nudity Several times (cleavage emphasized, skimpy clothing, braless woman in T-shirt)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (prostitutes blow kisses to man, man mentions self-gratification, man comments on womans breasts, man propositions woman, man implies enjoyment of having sex with his sister, comments about male genitals, man visibly aroused, man comments about sodomy)

Drugs: Few times (smoking - cigarettes, possibly marijuana)

Other: Frequent jokes regarding various bodily functions, including man covered in human waste; dogs genitals shown frozen to a porch

Running Time: 93 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and adults

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