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Joe Dirt (2001), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 40
CAP Influence Density: 1.51

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

JOE DIRT (PG-13) -- and it is full of it.

It has been more than a week and I do not remember much about the movie. It is one of those truly forgettable movies. A few things remain in memory. I will try to share them with you but if you want an objective and accurate reporting that does not require anyone's memory, visit the Findings/Scoring section. It is the heart of the CAP analysis model anyway. Maybe review of the listing of findings will spur my memory enough to give you a somewhat coherent summary report in commentary on *Joe Dirt* (and it is full of it).

Joe Dirt (David Spade) is abandoned by his parents during a visit to the Grand Canyon. Using out-of-sight as an excuse, Joe's parents leave as Joe plays in a garbage can. Just like all 8 year old kids do, right. Well, that and more nudity and falling feces paint the tone for this so-called PG-13 movie. And, yes, this one, too earned a CAP R-13 score. It is l-o-a-d-e-d with toilet humor and crude humor, if these are humorous. Just how funny is it to you to watch the overflow of a camper toilet storage ooze down to cover someone, a dog scrotum frozen to a porch floor, dogs copulating, and, among other things, a half-dressed male writhing and self-touching like a female stripper. [Eph. 4:19]

From birth, Joe has worn a mullet wig his parents gave him. The intent of giving him the wig was to cover a birth defect that caused his skull cap to fail to close and left part his brain exposed: "Kinda grosses people out." Somehow, after about 20 years of roaming the highways and byways of America to find his parents, Joe ends up in a smut talk show. Now the world learns of Joe's plight to find his parents. And the world becomes involved in finding them.

In one of his stops, Joe meets up with a pastor who is humbly willing to help Joe in any way he can. But his brand of help in not the kind of help anyone needs -- sadomasochistic imprisonment. Now, after years of picking on the Catholic church, it appears the entertainment industry is going to pick on the clergy in general. I wonder how many of the well under 13 year old kids in the audience now have a jaded impression of pastors?

Joe also meets up with an American Indian (I don't remember his real name or script name) who is planning to become a veterinarian. Working as a fireworks sales stand owner, selling only sparklers and smoking snakes, the Indian volunteers to help Joe find his parents. Joe has some advice for selling fireworks and rattles off a list that sounds more like the inventory of ordnance for a military coup than plain ole fireworks. Joe teaches the Indian (and the kids in the audience) and teaches well how to be irresponsible with fireworks by exploding a kettle of kerosene with a roman candle. Then is when Joe and the Indian find the large metal canister which looks like a bomb but is rather the human waste collection tank for a camper. In some tedious maneuvers and laboriously obvious logic, the Sheriff of the local town (which Joe tries to hold hostage with the "bomb") knocks the valve off and Joe, strapped to the "bomb", gets covered with human excrement as it oozes out, giving definition to toilet humor. [Eph. 5:4; Col 3:5]

This is the gist of the humor in this comedy. But there are some touching moments between Joe and Brandy (Brittany Daniel). Some of the touching is sexual and some is tender. Joe had saved Brandy's dog by providing advice on how to unfreeze the dog's scrotum from the porch (nothing visual is ignored). Another dog tried to mount a boy's leg. A pair of dogs copulate. And neither is human erection ignored (though masked). Right. Exaggeration is extreme and vulgarity is maximized. What ignominious ideas for entertainment! What minds can do this knowing children 13 and under will see it? For that matter, what use is it for adults except to further the lowering of the threshold of acceptance. And human sexuality is not spared, either. Full rear male nudity. Intercourse, mostly hidden but audible. One sexual escapade was incestual. Sex offers. Sex requests. And much more. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will tell the truth about the content of this R-13 flick.


If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ].
  • Eph. 4:19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Col 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
    <>Mortify - nekroo {nek-ro'-o}: deprive of power
    <>members - melos {mel'-os}: a member of the human body given up to criminal intercourse
    <>fornication - porneia {por-ni'-ah}: illicit sexual intercourse
    <>uncleanness - akatharsia {ak-ath-ar-see'-ah}: in a moral sense, the impurity of lustful living
    <>inordinate affection - pathos {path'-os}: lust
    <>evil concupiscence - epithumia {ep-ee-thoo-mee'-ah}: desire, craving, longing for what is forbidden
    <>covetousness - pleonexia {pleh-on-ex-ee'-ah}: greedy desire to have more
    <>idolatry - eidololatreia {i-do-lol-at-ri'-ah}: the worship of false gods, including man - or woman
    Not much room for interpretation to excuse immorality, is there?

    *******Food for Thought*******
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]

    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: Joe Dirt (2001) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • child abandonment
  • bully harassment and brutality
  • firearms and irresponsibility with a firearm
  • admission of murder
  • human incineration
  • irresponsibility with a fireworks
  • threat to kill unless breasts are uncovered
  • animal attack
  • contemplating of suicide

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 33 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • abusive father
  • flatulence
  • use of a three/four letter word by a child
  • portrayal of parents as slime

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sex talk, innuendo, comments: some vulgar
  • dog humping boys leg
  • dogs copulating
  • rear male nudity
  • toilet insults
  • inappropriate touch
  • full male nudity, genitals hidden by convenience objects
  • vulgar display of sexuality
  • sexual offers and requests
  • necking
  • excessive cleavage
  • intercourse, masked but audible, once incestual
  • man and woman on bed and in bed together
  • sexual reference
  • adult male transvestite in sadomasochistic behaviors
  • suggestive eye movement
  • crotch hit
  • vulgar display (erection, masked)
  • vulgar T-shirt
  • homosexual presence

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drunkenness
  • smoking
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • two uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 7 without
  • mockery of Jesus
  • display of the cornuto (horned hand or mano cornuto: though not so in every case of its use, the horned hand sometimes used as a satanic salute, a sign of recognition between and allegiance of members of satanism or other unholy groups)

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • gunfire murder, not graphic

    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I aplaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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  • (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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