From the inventor of such amazingly funny terms as "assistant crackwhore" comes a truly underrated cinematic jewel. It is the best thing Norm Macdonald has ever done. If Mr. Macdonald had been this consistently funny on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update," he'd still be on the show.
This movie was destined to fail..... (by luuke1973)
...not due to the content of the movie but because of the network guys who hated Norm for roasting OJ day in and day out on SNL during the trial....They ran ads a week after the release....The movie was edited to give it a PG-13 rating when it was not....It was adult comedy with rape jokes as Chevy Chase mentioned it would have been fantastic unedited....but now it has got 'cult ' status following....Moral of the story....Suck up to network guys ,lose your integrity and you make big bucks....Sandler case in point....I watched the movie then and I watch it from time to time and it <more>
always makes me laugh....even tho Norm says it openly that he hates acting....Norm Sports show was awesome but cancelled.....I hate talent-less network guys with zilch knowledge about comedy and comedians....Look at the drivel they churn out lately...
A Poor Movie in many respects, but man do I love it (by wpenney)
This movie has stiff acting, a poorly strung together story, gags, awkward direction at times, and it's pretty clear that it wasn't meant to be PG-13 originally.But it's also possibly the most consistently funny movie I have ever seen. Norm's dry-as-the-desert delivery constantly creates laughs, and while it is largely a series of bits kind of trying to create a story, the bits are absolutely hilarious. I'm not surprised that many hate this movie, because if you want to get critical, there are definitely some flaws. But if you like to laugh yourself silly, and you like the <more>
literal, deadpan style that Norm is so great at, then I suggest relaxing and enjoying this one. It's a guilty pleasure of mine, and it holds a special place in my heart.
A movie that allows non-stop comedy....Norm scores big... (by adamst-3)
Now when Saget made this film, he wasn't intending on creating an Oscar worthy performance from MacDonald or any of the other funny character ensemble. Whoever it was who would give this film a 4/10 star rating obviously is a one-sided dropout who doesn't realize the true meaning and genius in this movie. It was created for one reason and one reason only. To be funny. And by god it was. The great Chris Farley was only able to make but a few entrances but each time he was on screen, he nailed his part and brought more to the screen than what was on the paper. It is a shame a man of his <more>
magnitude was never able to show the world around us everything he was capable of. As for Chevy Chase, some may say his part showed up a little bit dry. Which it did, but this was not because of a poor script. This simply is because Chevy Chase's style of humor is that more of the early to late 70's. His performance overall was pretty good and I personally enjoyed it but the fact is he was unable to creatively fulfill himself in this film. The poor acting is made up for by having a non-stop comedy story board. This film ceases to have a dull moment and this largely can be credited to Norm MacDonald and his very unique style of comedy. Norm has always been a different kind of comedian who has different views on what he believes is funny. In this film, he is successfully able to transfer his hysterical notions to the lucky viewers of this film.
Keep an open mind and sense of humor, and you'll love it! (by BabySnakes69)
I actually have newfound respect for Bob Saget after seeing this movie as well as his cameo in "Half-Baked" with the great line: "I've sucked dick for coke. Have you ever sucked dick for marijuana?!" This movie was obviously not made with the intention of racking up a bunch of awards, but we found it hilarious nonetheless. It has some great scenes in it, great lines Mitch: "I've made up my mind, I'm going to tell Sam..." --Pops grabs him by the balls-- "...or NOT...AAAAHH!" , and if you like Norm MacDonald, you'll love this movie. <more>
It's full of his "note to self" one-liners as well as his general humor. The plot itself, although I found it to contain a lot of holes which is why I say keep an open mind while you watch it , is quite funny. Highly recommended!
Probably one of the best 3 or 4 lowbrow comedies of the 90's (by youaresquishy)
This lowbrow comedy is a near-total success. This film should cause plenty of laughter, and that is clearly its only aim. The performances by Norm MacDonald and Artie Lange were A+, basically playing the personas they established through their stand-up acts and TV appearances. This film is largely grounded on these two never-boring and often-funny characters, who each found a perfect vehicle for himself in this film.Director Bob Saget clearly deserves a lot of credit for giving these two the freedom to basically just do their acts. Artie Lange and Norm MacDonald either helped write this <more>
script, or else they really took it and made it their own, and they are two pretty funny guys.But there's more. There's Jack Warden's brilliant performance as the crusty old father, Don Rickles' classic scene with Artie Lange, an appropriately not-quite-over-the-top and enjoyable performance by Chevy Chase who appears in a few scenes without stealing them, and Chris Farley putting in a fine performance in this his final film. All are funny and entertaining in their own ways, but this is clearly Norm MacDonald's and Artie Lange's movie.One quibble would be with Traylor Howard's uneven performance as the love interest. Probably not the greatest actress, but she's nice to look at.This is one of the top 25 all-time classic lowbrow-style comedies, and one of the five best of the 90's. It has a pretty unique style in terms of its comedy, thanks largely to Norm MacDonald and Artie Lange. There is no way this film deserves less than an 8 from anyone. It's one thing to not like an entire genre, but this film is obviously a near-total success at what it set out to do--to make us laugh frequently. As I write, this film has an average rating of 5.9, making this one of the more underrated films here, and another example of the ratings at IMDb meaning very little.
Now They've Made Revenge Funny (by ccthemovieman-1)
None of the three young stars of this film - Norm MacDonald, Artie Lange or Traylor Howard - ever became movie stars but they combined to make this a funny film, albeit what I call a lame-brain somewhat low-class but effective humor one. This is not an untypical comedy of today: tons of sleazy jokes, sightgags, a lightweight romance story, a generally stupid story and a happy ending.....yet this one was far more appealing than most I've seen. Although the language could be worse, why this isn't rated "R" is beyond me. It is not for teens but I'll bet many of them <more>
watched and enjoyed this, as well as older people like me. MacDonald is a very likable guy in the lead. He just has a friendly face and demeanor about him. He makes the film. Lange was a bit loud. I'm glad the film wasn't longer because Lange's constant shouting begins to become grating. As for Traylor, she acted well and was a pretty face. After watching this twice, I wondered why she never made it, but at least she has now found TV fame as the new partner of the hit TV series, "Monk."Two veterans actors in here - Jack Warden and Chevy Chase - play irreverent sleazy roles, something they certainly have done before.....and do well. Warden is brutal as the ultimate dirty old man and Chase is as smug as always. Don Rickles makes a short appearances as his normal obnoxious character and John Goodman makes a cameo near the end.The main story of this movie is a familiar one: revenge, but this time it is played strictly for laughs, and there are plenty. The movie shows revenge isn't just sweet, it can funny. What can you say? The movie is crude, it's sentimental, and it's a fun 82 minutes.
Not for all tastes. But if it is your taste, THIS MOVIE'S HILARIOUS!!! (by mattymatt4ever)
Not everybody appreciates the low-brow, sarcastic attempt that Norm McDonald takes towards comedy. I wouldn't call him a genius like Mel Brooks or Woody Allen, but he knows how to do comedy and he knows how to make people laugh--Well, he knows how to make ME laugh. Sometimes you see humor that's so dumb and meaningless that it makes you crack up. That is demonstrated again and again in "Dirty Work." For example, the scene at the movie theater. Norm and Artie took revenge on their evil boss by showing a movie called "Men in Black...Who Like to Have Sex with Each <more>
Other." OK, so this is not humor that was thought of with sheer ingenuity. But I was cracking the hell up! There are all sorts of different angles you can take towards humor. You can't always tell which is the best angle. When you watch an action movie, a drama, a thriller, a mystery or almost any other genre, you look for intelligence and wit. But when you watch a comedy there's two factors--at least there should be two factors--and those are: you laugh or you don't laugh. And different things make different people laugh. So I don't appreciate haters of this movie claiming this is no more than an insult to one's intelligence. You don't need intelligence for comedy. As long as a comedy makes me laugh, I'm satisfied, and I laughed A LOT!!!I'm glad this movie received a cult following. This wasn't a big hit in mainstream cinema, but lots of friends I know love this movie--some thought it was the funniest comedy of all time. So my recommendation is split: You might like it, you might not like it. Just check it out, there's no harm. Unless you're easily offended by jokes about obesity and homosexuality.
This film got slammed by the critics when it came out, so I avoided seeing it for awhile. A few people told me it was hilarious, but I had my doubts. For some reason, Norm MacDonald had kind of rubbed me the wrong way on SNL. This film alone changed me from a Norm doubter to a huge Norm fan. It is a hilarious, nonsensical film filled with insanity, inanity and a ton of laughs. The cast is a comedy dream team: Norm, Artie Lange, Chevy Chase, Chris MacDonald, Chris Farley, Jack Warden, Don Rickles, a quick cameo by Sandler and a quick cameo by Gary Coleman AND a quick cameo by Tommie Hearns. <more>
This film is one of those great, great comedies that any critic would have to hate. It is stupid, yes, on purpose. It is crass, tasteless, idiotic, sophomoric and guess what else? Extremely funny. A must see for fans of less than brilliant comedy.