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Dirty Work (1998)

Norm MacDonald , Artie Lange , Bob Saget  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Norm MacDonald, Artie Lange, Jack Warden, Traylor Howard, Don Rickles
  • Directors: Bob Saget
  • Writers: Norm MacDonald, Frank Sebastiano, Fred Wolf
  • Producers: Brad Grey, Julia Dray, Martin Walters, Ray Reo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 1999
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792842162
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dirty Work" on IMDb

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Life's not so great for Mitch Weaver (Macdonald). He's just lost his girlfriend, his job and now his best friend's dad (Warden) needs a new heart! But the only way to arrange the transplant is to cut a deal with a surgeon (Chase) with a gambling problem in other words, find $50,000 or the old man dies! Out of work and out of options, all Mitch and his friend have to rely on is their one natural talent, revenge! Whether planting phony hookers in cars or stinking up houses with rotting fish, these "Revenge Specialists for Hire" are sick, dirty and good! But when a rich client refuses to pay up after a job well done, they make him realize exactly who he's messing with after all, getting even is their business!

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge is sweet (and surprisingly affordable) June 25, 2003
Format:DVD
Looking for that crude, raunchy, extremely funny comedy to fill the void that is your life? Well, look no further, pard! While I missed this in the theaters (probably because it was so unmercifully panned), I was really pleased to find out my money wasn't wasted on purchasing this DVD.

Norm MacDonald stars as Mitch Weaver, a guy who just can't seem to find his calling in life. After losing yet another menial job, his girlfriend kicks him out, throwing all his stuff out of the apartment window into the street. Mitch goes to stay with his best friend Sam (Artie Lange) and we soon learn that Sam's dad, played by Jack Warden, has a bad heart and unless Sam can come up with $50,000 in a relatively short amount of time, his dad will die. Mitch agrees to help Sam, as not only is Sam his friend, but Sam's dad was like a father to Mitch while he was growing up, due to the fact that his real father wasn't around. After some hilarious attempts to raise cash, Mitch stumbles on an idea for a business by accident. Seems Mitch has a real flair for getting back at people who step on him, so he decides to open a revenge for hire business, Dirty Work, to help those who can't help themselves, for a fee, of course. The scene where they're hire to deal with a noisy neighbor had my friends and I rolling on the floor. The business isn't going well, until they get commissioned by Travis Cole (Christopher McDonald) to trash a property in order to condemn it, to which they'll get a large sum of money. Thing is, they do the work, but find out that Cole misrepresented his reasons for wanting the property condemned, and they soon find out they made a big mistake, and now Cole stiffs them on the payment. This sets up the ultimate revenge plan, leading to a great payoff.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Note to Self...This is a Funny Movie! October 1, 2004
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DIRTY WORK sets out what it accomplishes and that is to entertain on an uncomplicated low denominator level. Norm MacDonald (Mitch) and Arte Lange (Sam)--(SNL meets MAD TV)-- are two losers who open up a revenge-for-hire business in order to raise money for Sam's Dad (Jack Warden) who needs a heart transplant. This sets up several gags as people hire these guys for various pranks most of which are hilarious (shaving the evil "Beared Lady" at a carnival sideshow hired by a jilted "little person"). This leads up to the main plot of an evil real estate developer Cole (Chris McDonald-HAPPY GILMORE) who hires the pranksters to do his 'dirty work' to have a building condemned. Realising, that they may hurt the very people they're trying to fight for, they must undo their destruction. Norm MacDonald's SNL persona is evident here as he uses some of his dead-pan, understated schtick he used during his tenure on the show especially when he did the Weekend Update segments (i.e. "Note to Self.." etc). This is helped by the casting of Arte Lange who had his moments on Mad-TV and is now one of Howard Stern's posse on Stern's syndicated radio show. Lastly, the movie has some funny cameos to help the plot along (John Goodman, Chevy Chase, Chris Farley, Gary Coleman and Adam Sandler and Don Rickles) along with love interest played by Traylor Howard (who seems to be on a failed TV pilot a few times during a televison season) as Kathy. Overall, sophomoric and low brow on a very hilarious level. Note: Classic line as Mitch and Sam are in a bar fight. Mitch (MacDonald) takes out his pocket recorder after getting beat up and say's "Note to self...Learn how to fight!"
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars settle down prostitutes July 28, 2000
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norm macdonald has created a comedy classic with this film. ever since the first time i saw it, i've loved it, and it's still funny after the tenth time. i find myself using phrases and lines out of this movie so often in everyday conversation. also, you'll almost definitely pick up "note to self" and use it sporadically. there are so many great scenes, and the supporting part by the late chris farley only adds to the quality of the movie. must buy if you want to laugh
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Comedy Should Be July 16, 2000
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This movie is exactly the way every movie in the comedy genre should be. Dirty Work has enough of a plot to hold your interest, but the focus is on the actual comedy. The funny parts of the movie are truly funny, unlike most newer comedies. But don't be misled by the phrase "funny PARTS" every scene has some kind of joke in them, even the most serious parts of the movie will still keep you laughing!
The actual plot is also creative, which is something lacking in most comedies today, which all rip each other off. The main characters have to raise 50 grand in order to get their father on top of the list to get a heart transplant. After a few failed attempts at traditional work, they get the idea to open their own "Revenge for Hire" business. From there the movie is just laugh after laugh after laugh (and it is during that too).
Not only do you see Norm MacDonald and Chris Farley in this movie, but as an added bonus when watching this movie, you get cameo appearences from tons of other Saturday Night Live alumnus. Not to mention the attractive Traylor Howard (from ABC's "Two Guys and A Girl, her being the girl) who plays as Norm's female interest in the movie.
Overall, this movie is star-packed, original, and hilarious, and aren't those the qualities that make a truly good comedy?
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