The Krude Experience - Dirty Work

Dirty Work

Digging through Krude central archives a few weeks back. I discovered an old gem of a flick that I bought on DVD about 15 years ago:Dirty Work. Starring Norm Macdonald and Artie Lange. And what a movie that turned out to be. Has aged nicely,like a perfectly marbled rib steak from Peter Luger. With extra fat and gristle.

Dirty Work has all the ingredients to be a Krude Klassic: Cheap laughs. Foul language.Gay animals.A loyal army of prostitutes.Cameo bits from comedy actors from every era. And Shooter McGavin playing the bad guy. Whew. That's a lot of cinematic sleaze-cheese muscle.

Dirty Work is about two friends who decide to open a revenge for hire business so they can make a quick $50k to pay for family medical bills. Not the most believable premise, but somehow this movie works. Jack Warden plays the token crusty old guy who needs a heart transplant. His over use of the words 'whore' and 'broad' are perfect for this flick. A requisite love story kinda plays out during this movie between Norm and the lead chick. But make no mistake. This is not a sappy movie. Just 88 minutes of trashy laffs and a Saigon whore who bites noses off.  

This movie was made in the late 1990's. Before cell phones grabbed most everybody by the nether region. Artie Lange looks mostly coherent. Norm Macdonald will make you a laugh a few times. And a kid getting grabbed in the ass by a pervy crossing guard was quite ok to put into a movie. People with political correctness as their MO should just learn to suspend disbelief and enjoy a few sleazy rides in their life. Dirty Work is Krude approved. So you know it will be of a quality, lower standard. Mahalo  

Since I already own the Dirty Work dvd, I see no need for a Blu Ray or digital upgrade. This kind of picture is like the songs of the past that sounded better on shitty AM radio than superior FM. So grab a drink or three. Fire up the dvd player. And let this almost forgotten movie gem rip. Cheers!

Joe Bob Briggs > Siskel and Ebert


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