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Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Pointless sequel not funny; lots of profanity, crude humor.

Movie NR 2015 107 minutes
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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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