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    Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser (2015) - Movie Review

    “No doubt, a loser film.” 

    David Spade is back with his goofy and moron-like persona in Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser. Co-written and directed by Fred Wolf, this sequel to the 2001 sleeper hit features Joe in what should have been the most dramatic moment of his life.

    Sitting on a bench, Joe Dirt begins recounting to a woman stranger how he lost his wife Brandy (Britanny Daniel) and their three daughters. Realizing his own clumsiness and scanty intelligence, Joe has some sort of self-esteem issues. He fears that his kids will inherit his stupidity or that he may embarrass them. Sadly, his worst fear comes to reality when his family see him being farted upon by his fellow loggers.

    A chance for redemption comes to Joe when a twister sends him back in time to 1965, enabling him to meet his younger wife. It is not that easy as Joe must also face insurmountable challenges like encountering his rival Jimmy (Mark McGrath), becoming victim of an organ theft, making out with dogs (“man’s best friend with benefits” as he puts it), being stranded on a desert island, and undergoing an operation to return to normalcy his testicles which have been elongated by the airplane’s vacuum-suction toilet. As the song “Love Hurts” hums in the background, Joe will eventually take back the missing pieces of his life. 

    Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser is unique, unpredictable and wild in the bad sense. With its unusual and incoherently-woven history, it has a difficult plot filled with nonsense and cluelessness. It feels like there is not much thought put into the movie. It looks so messy, lazy and sloppy. It has plenty of movie references like Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, The Wizard of Oz, The Silence of the Lambs, Cast Away, and It’s a Wonderful Life. While this may sound fun, the film fails to deliver enjoyable parodies of them. They end up looking unimaginative and pitiable.

    Humor in the film is inconsistently good. Just when you feel like laughing, the sequence suddenly becomes whiny and excessive. The joke on Joe’s elongated ball, running for roughly fifteen minutes, is quite draggy and frustrating. With this type of film, an abundance of physical humor can be expected and Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser is not one to be exempted. While Jimmy’s penis-on-the-bottom-of-the-popcorn-bucket joke is hilarious, the fart-on-Joe’s-face joke is quite cheap and offensive.  The film is not also devoid with racy humor like homophobic jokes (inserting vodka-soaked tampons into one’s ass and feeling the sensation), slut jokes, and jokes about Southerners.

    Being a co-writer as well, Spade has obvious dedication to this sequel. It is apparent that he generously put his heart into each moment, whether humor is too bad or things just don’t make sense. However, there is no other interesting persona opposite him, or even just alongside him. With the exception of McGrath, others just look bland and dull, as if they are only playing along and waiting until the film wraps up. 

    Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser is like-but-not-actually-like-its-title; it’s a loser but not a beautiful one. With its bad acting, nonsensical plot and boring atmosphere, it is a disappointing sequel.


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