Joe Dirt Blu-ray Review
I was recently talking to a friend about Adam Sandler (trust me, I’m going somewhere with this) and we were discussing his latest disasterpiece, PIXELS. While neither of us had seen it, nor do we have plans to spend our hard earned money on a ticket, we talked about how Adam Sandler has an impact on your nostalgia. Young ones seeing PIXELS now, who enjoy the movie, will most certainly enjoy that movie two decades from now. For me, I still enjoy movies like HAPPY GILMORE and THE WATERBOY, even though they’re juvenile, dumb and slightly offensive. But that’s the power nostalgia has.
Sandler’s humor is the lowest common denominator and really does play into what we laugh at when we’re younger. Sure my humor has “refined” over the years, but I will still laugh at a good fart joke and I hold some of those early fart jokes near and dear to my crude heart. So while I may view Sander’s GROWN UPS 2 and THAT’S MY BOY like a plague in cinema’s history, I’ll still enjoy BIG DADDY and the understandably bad LITTLE NICKY. Nostalgia not only works in Adam Sandler’s favor, but it also works for David Spade.
Of course the only thing from my childhood that David Spade has latched on to is Chris Farley’s short career and the diamond in the rough movie, JOE DIRT. Don’t get me wrong, it’s stupid, childish and full of humor involving human bowel movements. If I was 27 in 2001, I probably would have hated this movie, but because I was 13, I was the target audience. Of course, like most in my age group, I didn’t watch this in theaters. I had no interest in seeing David Spade as a mullet wearing idiot. It found success on home video, being watched late at night in basements across America. Me and friends stayed up past midnight and cackled as poop fell on Spade’s fake wig.
All these years later, I still remember the lines that made me laugh and still remember the absurd story about a redneck attempting to find his awful parents who abandoned him at the Grand Canyon. Joe Dirt (Spade) tells his sad life story to a shock jock (Miller) that has an endless amount of air time during his show and rarely goes to commercial break to interrupt this lengthy life story. JOE DIRT plays out like a road trip movie, with a series of broken up adventures, ranging from meeting the love of his life, Brandy (Daniel) to having sex with someone who might be his sister. It also gives us a great story arc where Joe Dirt meets a former gangster who’s now living a life of obscurity as a school janitor.
While I’m far from being a teenager, I do rewatch JOE DIRT with a more mature mind in place and I have to hand it to Spade and the team, they really did make a sympathetic character. Sure he’s cocky and dumb, but he’s also a good hearted person who only shows his worst traits around terrible people. The relationship he develops with Brandy is actually adorable in a trashy way. It also helps that his competition for Brandy’s heart is a slimy character played by the equally gross Kid Rock.
JOE DIRT is obviously not without its faults, but I’m willing to forgive it if it conjures up familiar feelings of youth and laughter. It’s difficult to recommend it to someone who didn’t grow up watching it. So if you remember this movie and remember having a ball, you’ll still have a ball with this loveable failure. Now if you were to ask me if I’m willing to watch JOE DIRT 2: BEAUTIFUL LOSER, I’m going to avoid that like PIXELS.
Video: (1080p Widescreen 1:85:1) It’s great watching an older movie being restored to such clarity. Everything comes through clearly and there’s no signs of wear or tear that usually comes on these blu-ray updates. A high class presentation for a low class comedy.
Audio: (English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1) 80’s rock lives on in this soundtrack. It’s truly lossless and comes through clear as a bell.
Audio Commentary with Director Dennie Gordon: Today I learned something new, the director for JOE DIRT is a woman. It seems logical now since there’s a human and sympathetic touch to JOE DIRT. She manages to go over every detail in the movie, including designs, characters, shooting, and stories from the movie’s development.
Audio Commentary with Writer/Actor David Spade: Today I learned two things, by himself, David Spade is actually interesting to listen to. While he may not play the most likeable or entertaining of characters in pop culture, he is entertaining on his own. He offers a humorous insight into shooting the movie and manages to fill the 91 minutes with ease.
The Making of JOE DIRT 2: BEAUTIFUL LOSER (4:29): A mix of movie clips and cast interviews, previewing the sequel. I maintain that I still have no desire to watch this.
JOE DIRT – The Return (3:40): JOE DIRT has had a lasting impact, at least that’s what the cast wants you to believe in this. They reflect on the movie, most likely during the production of the sequel. It’d be more interesting if I actually believed JOE DIRT had a legacy.
Outtakes and Bloopers (3:06): A self-explanatory feature with your typical run-of-the-mill grab bag of actors breaking character and having fun on set.
Deleted Scenes (5:49): Seven scenes altogether that you have to play separately. Director Gordon offers commentary on a few of the scenes; these also have to be played separately.
JOE DIRT Theatrical Trailer