Dirty Work Movie Review Summary

Actors: Norm MacDonald, Artie Lange, Jack Warden, Don Rickles

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A man starts a revenge-for-hire business with his best friend, and when someone ruins their career, they must plot the ultimate act of revenge. Mitch is a loser who spent his whole childhood exacting revenge on anyone who deserved it; now, he has no skills, can't keep a job, and his girlfriend just dumped him. He moves in with his best friend, Sam, just as Sam discovers that his tough-guy father, Pops, had a heart attack and his death is imminent. Since old men are at the bottom of the list for heart donations, it seems all is lost, but since Pops' doctor, Dr. Farthing, owes a lot of money due to some steep gambling debts, Farthing claims that for $50,000, he can bump Pops up to the top of the list and save his life. Mitch and Sam try and fail to keep a series of jobs, when, after getting revenge on a vicious movie theater owner that employed them for a day, they realize their calling: revenge-for-hire. After getting themselves on TV by interrupting a mean car salesman's live commercial, they begin getting jobs and racking up the dough. However, after getting revenge on a property tycoon, Travis Cole, they're hired by Cole himself to clear out a building, and promised that they'll make enough money to get Pops his heart. It turns out to be a double-cross: Cole getting revenge on the revenge artists, who end up putting countless good people on the street without getting paid. After a brief bout with self-doubt, they turn all their attention to Cole, and they enlist the help of everyone they can find to ruin him and the premiere of Don Giovanni at his fancy opera house. Using, among other things, a box full of skunks, a large number of prostitutes, and Pops himself, Mitch forces Cole into confessing what he's done and signing over the check he owes him. They use the money to get Pops his heart, Cole's reputation is ruined, and Mitch ends up getting a new girlfriend out of it.
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Best part of story, including ending: This is a hilarious comedy that doesn't remotely get enough appreciation in the public eye. It's a shame that Norm MacDonald didn't get more movies as a result of this one.

Best scene in story: Impossible to choose, but in one scene, Mitch and his friends engage in a bar fight while "If You Like Pina Coladas" plays on the jukebox, making for an amusing juxtaposition.

Opinion about the main character: Mitch isn't terribly likable, as he's smug and petty, but he's funny and he takes down bullies, so he's easy enough to root for in his revenge plots.

The review of this Movie prepared by R.W. Hainline a Level 29 Superb Fruit-Dove scholar

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   con-artist/white collar crime

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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