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Dirt (2001)

  Directed by: Michael Covert, Tracy Fraim
Written by: Michael Covert
Starring: Tara Chocol, Michael Covert, Tracy Fraim, Olivia Rosewood, Patrick Warburton
Links: Dirt on the IMDb, Official site
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 4.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"One whacky event after another" - a review by pearly

Sometimes, when you're at the video shop, and you've gotta find something else to rent in order to get five weeklies for a cheap price, you take a chance on something that you've never heard of. Maybe you haven't even heard of the stars either, but that particular video has some kind of appeal. Maybe it's something on the cover that looks enticing, maybe it's the description of the movie on the back. But often, as was the case with me and the movie Dirt, it's because of a comment made by a reviewer which compares the movie favourably to something else that you've seen and enjoyed. My story loses something here, because I can't remember exactly what Dirt was compared to, but I think it was something by the delightful Coen brothers (Ethan Coen and Joel Coen). Anyway, whatever it said, I rented the video purely because of those words.

Put simply, Dirt is about two simple-minded brothers who kidnap a woman so that she can look after them, as their mother has just died.

Put less simply, the brothers are Scooter (Tracy Fraim) and Junior (Michael Covert). These guys also wrote and directed the movie. The brothers don't really know much about what is socially (and legally) acceptable, so when their mother dies, they just go out and forcefully take home with them the first woman who takes any notice of them. This woman just so happens to be DeDe (Tara Chocol), who is being mistreated by her husband Vincent (Patrick Warburton - also the local sheriff of the town where they live), and hasn't been able to find a way to safely leave him with her baby.

And so, Junior, Scooter and DeDe find themselves in a situation that, while bizarre, actually suits everyone. The only problem then is that they have no money to survive, and Junior and Scooter decide to get jobs as bankrobbers.

Yep, it's all pretty far-fetched. Things like this just don't happen in downtown Melbourne, so I'll have to believe the writers when they say that it's possible for this to happen over in their part of the world. It does remind me somewhat of Raising Arizona (1987), in both plot and location, but Arizona did it earlier, and did it better. There was no point even trying to match it.

P.S. Luke Perry has a minor part as a lawyer. This should give you some idea of the calibre of performance on show here.

pearly gives this movie 4 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 2 Dec 2003

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