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Dirty Work
Saturday Night Live alum Norm MacDonald, together with Chevy Chase and Don Rickles, finds success in the revenge-for-hire business.

Starring Jack Warden, Norm Macdonald, Traylor Howard...  View more >

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[--- See Now! ---]by  
Jan 25, 2000
This is a movie where you really can't listen to the critics. This is one of the funniest movies I have seen all year. Starring Norm MacDonald, from SNL, it follows in the same style as Black Sheep and the Adam Sandler movies. It's very good.

[--- Good ---]by  
Jan 25, 2000
Norm is a terrible actor, but he has a great sense of humor, so Dirty Work is an enjoyable film. Not really $6.50 enjoyable, but definitely $2.00 enjoyable.

Some of the bits miss terribly, but many are right on the money.

[--- Good ---]by  
Jan 25, 2000
Here is one of those cute little movies that gets shuffled off in June. I feel sorry for these movies; no one wants to see them because there are apparently "better" movies out there, or to what the public thinks there is.

So, I decided to give poor Norm MacDonald a chance, after seeing many previews and laughing at them all. He is excellent as Mitch Weaver, a loser who keeps getting dumped from his job, since he really isn't that great. Except for one thing: revenge. Mitch, since childhood, with his buddy Sam (Artie Lange) have greatly gotten back at all the idiots who have made their lives miserable.

Cut to now, when after no one else will hire them, and when Sam's father needs a heart transplant, Mitch comes up with a great idea: "We should open a revenge for hire business". "Dirty Work, Inc." is their business, revenge for the weak.

This movie is alternately hilarious and surprising, even for a movie directed by BOB SAGET, the man I have hated for years. But now he makes a serviceable director. But it's NORM who makes the movie, using that good 'ol charm and his antics -- inclduing a hilarious scene at a movie theater where Mitch replaces a movie with a porno (Titled "Men In Black (who like to have sex with each other)")

What I also liked about the movie was how the movie regarded flaws that another movie would have not. For instance, early in the movie, a barfly (Chris Farley) wants to play The Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man", which is selection G7, but he hits G8. Another movie would have disregarded that move, but a guy says, "Dude, you just hit G8", and another song appears. Another is when Sam is peeing off the roof, accidentaly hitting a guy on the ground. When the guy appears on the roof, he is covered in urine. Mitch turns to Sam and says "Wow, that was a huge piss!"

The only things that don't work in "Dirty Work", are, of course, the surrounding characters and their little stories, especially an out of place Chevy Chase as a doctor who needs cash. What a surprise!!

Grade: B

Tech Review:

Picture: 5 A sparkling picture with lots of COLOR, good contrast and clarity. However, the print I watched had lots of dirt on it, no doubt a careless splicing and handling job by the projectionist.

Sound: 3 The DTS mix is satisfactory for a comedy, there are some good surrounds, especially in a revenge scene at a rich person's house, with guns. Watch for the split surrounds there.

Photography: 2.5 The film is matted to 1.85, it has alright framing, but nothing special.

Length: 82 minutes. MGM. jwhyte2@hotmail.com ICQ-4339199

[--- Stay Away! ---]by  
Jan 25, 2000
PU! This movie stinks so bad, it makes the flatulence of a limburger eating skunk smell like roses in comparison. Do your self a favor and spend the 2 bucks on lottery tickets and use the corners to pick lint from your navel. You will be more entertained. Note to self: If a movie ends up at the budget 3 weeks after its release, odds are they should be paying you to see it. Don't walk, RUN.....From your nearest theater. You have been warned!

Sep 16, 2003
In "Dirty Work," I see that Norm MacDonald can handle big screen work, much better than some of his fellow Saturday Night Live Alummi. But this film isn't funny enough to recommend, despite an appearance from Don Rickles.

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