Saturday, April 1, 2017

Dirty Work (1998)

Dang - this would have been perfect for my tribute to Revenge-themed movies in 2011. 
Synopsis: Fired Weekend Update anchor deadpans his way through lowbrow-and-lower-budget comedy. 
Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Life’s not so great for Mitch Weaver (Norm MacDonald) - he lost his 14th job in just three weeks, his girlfriend dumped him and now his best friend’s dad (Jack Warden) needs a new heart!” 
What Did I Learn?: 1) Making love to a blow-up doll is not as good as advertised. 2) Remember: no matter how bad life gets, there is always beer! 3) In the land of the skunk the man with half a nose is king.
You Might Like This Movie If: You're in the mood to watch some dirty work. 
Really?: It’s funny how the local prostitutes can simply drop everything they’re doing in order to participate in silly pranks for little-or-no money. 
Rating: Dirty Work isn’t a great movie by any stretch of the imagination, but I’ve always liked Norm MacDonald (for my money, he was SNL’s all-time best news anchor), and the film delivers a number of genuinely funny belly laughs largely because it never takes itself too seriously; heck, there’s a scene where MacDonald’s character gets raped in jail, and he simply shrugs it off. Watch for Don Rickles in a short, but memorable cameo appearance. 6.5/10 stars.

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