Plot: What’s it about?
Mitch Weaver (Norm McDonald) is having a bad week. Actually, his life has been hell since high school. He can’t keep a job down, his girlfriend left him, and his best friend is the only person who really cares. Mitch finds out his friend’s dad (Jack Warden) needs a heart transplant, but where can they get $50,000?!?!? Mitch then remembers the glory days, and his friend’s dad’s advice, “Never take crap off anyone!” After making some money by humilating their boss, and several failed job attempts, they decide to do what they do best, REVENGE! They hire themselves out, and get into hi-jinks while trying to raise the money and save Pops!
If you like cerebral humor, look elsewhere, because Dirty Work delivers mind-less laughs, and toilet humor. While not for everyone, the moive packs a fast paced, seldom slowing tracj of jokes and gags. Bob Saget directs, so you know the movie is going to have a strange path through Mitch’s hapless antics. The acting is so-so, but really, McDonald shines, and seems at ease with this role, but not likely many others. This movie is pretty much a stand-up routine that lasts 82 minutes, so don’t look here for plot lines or deep thought afterwards. You will be repeating lines from this one though, I promise!
Also helping this movie is a stellar back-up cast, with many SNL alumni scoring bit-parts and cameos. Adam Sandler, Chevy Chase, Chris Farley (Classic!!), and even Gary Coleman. If you have an open mind, and want a night at home laughing, pick up this DVD. What it lacks in features and plot-line, it more than makes for in comedy and shock value. To quote the DVD booklet, Dirty Work is “putting the FU back in FUN!” Check it out, it’s worth the time.
Video: How does it look?
Flawless. A great print with no grain or dicolorment. This is 1.85:1 widescreen, and anamorphically enhanced, so the video is top drawer.
Audio: How does it sound?
Dirty Work is not heavy on audio, but the music seperates well from the dialogue. Not many effects or anything, but the audio does a great job of carrying through.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Trailer. That’s it, a trailer. A commentary would have been great, with Saget or McDonald. But no, nothing but a trailer.