When David Spade unleashed his comedy Joe Dirt in 2001 it was met with mixed results. Those that enjoyed it, really loved it, but there were probably just as many that just didn’t get it. Now all these years later Spade has returned to the loveable mullet idiot for Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser.
The film follows happy family man Joe Dirt who finds himself transported to the recent past, where he begins an epic journey to get back to his loved ones in the present. Besides Spade the film features some of the original cast including Brittany Daniel, Christopher Walken, Adam Beach and Dennis Miller along with some new faces Patrick Warburton and Mark McGrath. To say this film is ridiculous is an understatement. The first film was dumb, but the character was just loveable enough to buy into it you allowed yourself too. With this one Spade returns to the role with perfection, but is injected into a film that just tries too hard sometimes. There are some funny moments here and there, but sadly most of the time it is just dumb. You have to go into this film and understand that it was made for a specific audience and those people will likely enjoy it for what it is they are doing. They spend a lot of time in the film playing up homage clichéd spoofs to other films all while trying to keep a cohesive story in place that gets way too complicated than necessary. Instead of keeping it simple and allowing the strange characters to lead the charge, they have placed them inside a back to the future/Christmas Carol style story that just feels to farfetched even for this silly film. The cast all look like they are having a blast which does help, but you have to really allow yourself to be open minded to be able to buy into any of it. On a high positive note, the always beautiful Brittany Daniel not only doesn’t look like she has aged a day, she looks even better. Her and Spade have great chemistry as a couple that makes no sense and had they spent more time just with their relationship it might have offered up more.
While this movie falls flat on most levels if you are one of those that loved the first film you will likely find yourself chuckling here for this one. The time hopping aspect loses some of the innocent fun of the original, but does step it up to try and make it bigger than the original even if it doesn’t quite work. If you are a fan of Spade or the original film Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser premiered over on Crackle which you can check out for free by heading over to www.crackle.com, but you better hurry because it won’t be there for long.