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Overall Rating

Awesome: 24.19%
Worth A Look: 22.58%
Average: 17.74%
Pretty Bad: 1.61%
Total Crap33.87%

4 reviews, 38 user ratings

Dirty Love
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by EricDSnider

"Dreadful, disgusting, embarrassing and unfunny,"
1 stars

SCREENED AT THE 2005 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: Former MTV hostess and pin-up girl Jenny McCarthy is attempting a comeback with "Dirty Love," a you-go-girl "Sex and the City"-style comedy designed to show off McCarthy's comedic skills. It does this perfectly: McCarthy has no comedic skills, and the film more than adequately proves it.

McCarthy, who wrote the film (!!!!), plays a New York photographer named Rebecca whose boyfriend Richard (Victor Webster) has just cheated on her. The rest of the film focuses on her desire to make him jealous by letting him see her in the company of hotter, better men, but of course each ploy goes awry and she only winds up embarrassing herself.

Her humiliations are frequent and extreme, but in many cases, it is McCarthy the actress and not Rebecca the character for whom I am most embarrassed. Witness the awful scene in which Rebecca gets her period in the middle of a supermarket and befouls the floor with her secretions. Or better yet, don't witness it. It's a prime example of the difficulty of gross-out humor: If it's not funny, it's just gross.

Throughout the film, McCarthy tries so desperately and sweatily to be funny that one is exhausted just watching her. She has no problem pulling goofy faces, doing silly voices and (especially) falling down. She seems to wallow in the debasement of herself, and while I admire an actor's commitment to getting the laugh, when there is no laugh to get, my admiration turns first to pity and then to annoyance. For the most part, her idea of being hilarious is to make funny faces, exaggerating every expression she makes. You cannot imagine how quickly this gets old.

She is "supported," for lack of a better word, by Carmen Electra and Kam Heskin as her irritating friends. Electra plays a white girl who talks like she's black (because THAT hasn't been mined for laughs anywhere else already), while Heskin plays a shrill, dumb bimbo (see previous parentheses).

What McCarthy needs, first of all, is a good script, not this no-brainer crap. Once she has her hands on a good script, she needs a director who will rein her in, not let her loose. You can make a case for letting someone like Jim Carrey or Will Ferrell go crazy when the cameras are rolling, but McCarthy just doesn't have the gift for physical comedy that they do. What she needs most is focus and direction, and this film gives her none it.

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User Comments

10/03/10 art JENNY MCCARTHY must have written this flick,when she was on the JOHN! 2 stars
4/10/10 Lizbitch I REALLY want to know the song playing in the credits and during the menu!!! 4 stars
3/24/10 XGIRLX I freakin loved this movie.. I recommend it to people who DO HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR!!!!!!! 5 stars
2/08/10 art THIS MOVIE was PATHETIC! 1 stars
12/14/09 art ONLY FOR HALF-WIT"S! 1 stars
8/17/09 G. Bell ( What is the name of the song that is played during the credits and during the dvds menu? 4 stars
8/02/09 Juniper Laughed out loud and rewound the boob part five times. Good watch. 4 stars
4/19/08 art ONLY FOR FAN"S OF JENNY MCCARTHY 3 stars
1/01/08 Jane I LOVED IT! 5 stars
10/16/07 js critics hate this film because mccarthy is a woman. men are praised for the same humor. 4 stars
6/20/07 Kristin So men can make crude movies and do fart jokes, but when a woman does it the movie is trash 5 stars
5/19/07 Jon I actually liked it. 4 stars
3/08/07 sean good movie...what is the song that plays on the menu? 1 stars
11/29/06 hydie love the movie, for those who dont like it, get a sence of humor bitchez 5 stars
11/14/06 faith The funniest movie i've ever see, i tell all my friends that it is a must see. 5 stars
11/02/06 janelle probably one of my favorite movies!! hysterical doesnt eve come close!! 5 stars
10/27/06 Melanie Bloody Awesome. Wher'es your sense of humour guys? 5 stars
9/14/06 DyrWolf That gorgeous woman wrote it too! It's Head & Shoulders above most of the movies out there 5 stars
9/11/06 Fran Miniser I thought it was histerical! 5 stars
8/20/06 skanky skank this movie is the best ever the only one I will show at my middle school sleepovers 5 stars
8/15/06 Stacie Any girl can relate to that feeling of being lost after a break up 4 stars
7/06/06 Constance Morgan hysterical! 4 stars
6/21/06 Dave fix your site, movie wasn't great, sum 41 is good 3 stars
4/29/06 Randy Wasn't that bad 3 stars
4/22/06 Jessica what is the name of the song on the menu before the movie? 5 stars
3/09/06 Anthony Who is the artist who sings the song on the dvd menu, and thats name of the song? 3 stars
3/06/06 Sean D Just won a razzie and rightly so. Crap 1 stars
12/17/05 Mike Worst movie I have ever seen. Painful to finish. 1 stars
12/16/05 Ian Graet "under construction" scene 4 stars
12/08/05 tatum McCarthy can be funnier than her own script 1 stars
11/29/05 hibbyX Crrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaappppppppp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
9/27/05 Boombala Hey McCarthy rules. If Lucy were trying to make it today, she'd be doing what JMac is doing. 5 stars
9/21/05 Jeff Lindell Very funny 5 stars
3/26/05 Denise ok 3 stars
2/16/05 Juan pant wettingly funny 5 stars
1/27/05 joe i left halfway through! 1 stars
1/27/05 denny sucks! 1 stars
1/24/05 Nancy Jacobs Saw this last night at Sundance. It's hilarious! It's really out there, but it's funny. 5 stars
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  23-Sep-2005 (R)
  DVD: 06-Dec-2005



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