David Spade Returning for ‘Joe Dirt 2’ on Crackle

By October 10, 2014

Remember the ridiculous 2001 trailer trash film Joe Dirt? David Spade does, and he hopes the passage of time has made you forget how awful it was and that you’ll be down for seeing a sequel, because he’s teamed up with digital distribution outlet Crackle to co-write and star in the “first ever made-for-digital sequel to a major motion picture. Fred Wolf, who co-wrote the original with Spade, will be back to co-write the sequel, and he’ll take over directing duties from Dennie Gordon.

The first movie, about a mullet-wearing redneck searching for his true parents, inexplicably ranks among the top-watched movies on Crackle, so it makes sense for the company to team with Spade for a second one. “I’m beyond stoked that ‘Joe Dirt’ will finally hit the screens again on Crackle,” Spade said in a statement. “I’ve been sleeping in this wig for years and it will be nice to wear it in the daytime again.”

I remember thinking the movie was kind of funny when I was 16, but that was a long time ago, and the audience who likely thought the film was funny the first time around probably aren’t the same people who are going to check out a sequel on a non-traditional distribution platform like Crackle. I guess their hope is that people who are just discovering the first one will also tune in to a second one if it’s available? Spade hasn’t been a legitimate box office draw in years, only showing up in the Grown Ups movies because he’s buddies with Adam Sandler, so I suppose I prefer this sequel going to a smaller outlet like Crackle where I won’t have to be inundated with commercials for it like I would if it was coming to regular theaters. Don’t remember how bad the first movie was? Here’s the trailer as a reminder:

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