A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kindness and being true to yourself are more important than fame and fortune.
Positive Role Models
Characters are too one-dimensional to be considered positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent comedic slapstick, pratfalls, and gross-out violence. A trailer falls from the sky and kills a biker. Bikers have guns. Joe gets punched in the testicles and is sent to the hospital as a result; after a hospital visit, he immediately boards an airplane, where his testicles get stuck in the airplane toilet, resulting in howls of pain every time the flight attendant flushes the toilet.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex humor. A teenager at a drive-in attempts to stick his penis inside a container of popcorn in the hopes that his girlfriend will touch his penis while reaching for the popcorn. Joe is pinned to the ground by police dogs who are humping all his limbs. A woman is shown making sexual advances on another woman. A woman makes reference to there being a "monsoon in [her] panties."
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Frequent profanity: "f--k," "motherf--ker," "s--t." Joe's bullies make homophobic slurs at him, such as "queer" and "Elmer Fudgepacker." An African-American woman calls Joe a "cracker." Talk of women being "sluts." A joke about "ass wiping."
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Products & Purchases
This is a straight-to-streaming movie, with "limited commercial interruption." An ad on a bus prominently displays a sign for Autotrader.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Whiskey and beer drinking. Cigarette smoking. Characters use chewing tobacco. Reference to a character being addicted to heroin. Characters discuss and then engage in shoving vodka-soaked tampons into their anuses.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser is a straight-to-streaming 2015 sequel to the 2001 movie about a down-on-his-luck, mullet-headed, Skynyrd-loving janitor. There's much more profanity in this sequel than the original; "f--k" and its variations are used, as are homophobic slurs made at Joe by his bullies. Characters talk about and then engage in shoving vodka-soaked tampons up their anuses. There also are jokes involving elongated testicles being stuck in an airplane bathroom, dogs humping every limb on Joe's body, and sight gags involving vomit. A teenager at a drive-in attempts to stick his penis inside a container of popcorn in the hopes that his girlfriend will touch it while reaching for the popcorn. Characters drink, smoke, and chew tobacco; there's a reference to heroin. Though it's a safe bet no one is expecting this sequel to be a cinematic masterpiece, it also just isn't that funny, and all the iffy behavior and language can't cover that up. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's a safe bet that no one was expecting a sequel to Joe Dirt to be some kind of cinematic masterpiece, and it's not. But this movie should be considered a failure even for fans of the original Joe Dirt and of "mindless entertainment" movies in general. For starters, it's nearly one hour and 50 minutes long, and some viewers will find more entertainment in thinking about which scenes should have been cut or at least shortened. And, just as in the original, it's impossible to determine whether the audience is supposed to laugh at Joe Dirt or feel sorry for him, or both, or just laugh simply because a curse word is employed or there's a sight gag involving, say, dog testicles.
There's actually one hilarious scene: when Joe goes back in time to 1965 and meets a teenage Lynyrd Skynyrd, who are a garage band not called Lynyrd Skynyrd trying to come up with a better band name. (Spoiler alert: They brainstorm names that will later be the names of fey 1980s synth-pop bands.) But one funny scene is not enough to recommend this movie. Not even the eternal greatness of Christopher Walken can overcome how awful and pointless this movie is.
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