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

4 reviews, 38 user ratings

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Dirty Love
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by David Cornelius

"For those who think poop jokes are too sophisticated."
1 stars

I want to like Jenny McCarthy. I really, really do. She always seems like she has more going on upstairs than the usual fake-boob model, and her knack for physical comedy (mixed, obviously, with her easy-on-the-eyes-ness) always tries to convince me that she’s worth watching.

Then along comes something like “Dirty Love,” and my hopes are crushed. Written by and starring McCarthy, “Dirty Love” is ninety mintes of soul-crushing idiocy, wrapped in incompetence and smothered in fart jokes. It is a movie so bad that she had to get her then-husband to direct it and her friends to be in it. The then-husband is John Asher, a man who has made a career out of directing his wife’s movies; the friends are co-fake-boob model Carmen Electra and, in a cameo, the intolerable Kathy Griffin. (I weep for the kind of person who gets excited at the idea of a Kathy Griffin cameo.) Oh, and the pseudo-punk-lite band Sum-41 shows up at one point, which, not coincidentally, was the same point that I wished I was deaf.

There are other people who helped make “Dirty Love,” but in the end, this is McCarthy’s film. Asher’s directorial style (if you can call it that) is to point the camera at the star and let her do whatever she wants. And what McCarthy wants more than anything, it seems, it to revel in gross-out humor - the idea, I suppose, is to show that women can do gross-out humor just like men can. (Which leads me to a flashback to 2002’s “The Sweetest Thing,” a movie that had the same mission, and which, again not coincidentally, was so dreadful that it pretty much ended my attraction to comedian/writer Nancy Pimental.)

The problem is that McCarthy gets the gross-out part right, but not the humor part. Perhaps there is a way to make puking on boobs or having a giant fish stuck up one’s back end hysterical - but if there is, McCarthy has yet to discover it. “Dirty Love” revels in stupidity, but it does so in a way that becomes tiresome and obnoxious all too quickly. If the throwaway gag in which McCarthy’s mother farts into the telephone does not get you, the movie informs us, then perhaps the menstrual blood scene will.

Yes, dear friends, there is a scene here that is all about menstrual blood. The premise is that McCarthy’s character has made a mad dash to the supermarket to buy some much-needed hygiene products, but she’s too late, and soon she and all around her are slipping and sliding in pools of the stuff. Obviously the joke relies on hyperbole - if it were just a few drops, that would be unseemly, but since it’s gallons of blood, then it’s too extreme to be taken as anything but a goof. What McCarthy does not realize is that hyperbole alone does not guarantee a laugh; in fact, if done incorrectly, hyperbole can only make a failed joke all the more aggravating in its desperation.

As for the plot, it, too, is childish and poorly designed. It’s something about McCarthy’s character walking in on her himbo boyfriend and another woman, leading to a breakdown. Before you can say “sitcom cliché,” McCarthy’s busy trying to land another man in order to make her ex feel jealous. Meanwhile, her male friend (Eddie Kaye Thomas, the lone voice of sanity and talent in this mess) is busy harboring a secret crush, one that will undoubtedly resolve itself by the closing credits.

For reasons understandable only to McCarthy and Asher, Carmen Electra is hauled in to play McCarthy’s best friend, a white beautician who thinks she’s black. To those of you who are now thinking, “hey, that might actually be funny,” let me assure you that no, there is no conceivable way that this running joke can ever possibly be funny. And “Dirty Love” proves it.

I will assume that there might be a few of you reading who, despite these warnings, are still eager to catch this film, for the sole reason of spotting a glimpse of McCarthy’s surgically enhanced assets. For you, the horny, hopeless movie watcher, may I suggest Googling the words “Jenny McCarthy” and “big ol’ fake naked boobies.” You’ll get the same result as if you watched the film, only you’ll be mercifully spared ninety minutes of cinematic agony. And who knows? Unlike me, you might not find yourself hating McCarthy afterward.

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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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