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Joe Dirt 2’ bites the dust with stale fart jokes and weak callbacks

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Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser

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Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser David Spade, Brittany Daniel, Patrick Warburton. Directed by Fred Wolf. Not rated. Available on VOD via Crackle.

Around the time that his buddy and frequent collaborator Adam Sandler signed a multi-film, multimillion-dollar deal with Netflix, David Spade announced that he’d be making a sequel to his 2001 comedy Joe Dirt as an original movie for the free VOD service Crackle, and Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser plays like an even cheaper, lazier version of a typical Sandler movie. The slapdash plot finds mulleted redneck Joe Dirt (Spade) traveling back in time via a Wizard of Oz-style tornado, although the production is so barebones that its past looks suspiciously like the present. Most of the original supporting cast returns, but they all seem vaguely confused as to what they’re doing there. Spade and co-writer/director Fred Wolf beat every feeble joke into the ground, and the plot drags on interminably only to end up in the exact same place it started. You’d think that after 14 years, they’d have more than stale fart jokes and weak callbacks to bits that weren’t funny in the first place.

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