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YMMV: Joe Dirt
  • An Aesop: Home is where you make it.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Joe is very good at this. Until he discovered that his parents left him on purpose.
  • Critical Dissonance: Critics hated it (Roger Ebert even listed it as one of his most hated films of all time), but audiences generally liked it. It even has enough of a cult following that TBS was considering making it into an animated series at one point.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Clem telling Kid Rock that he'll "stab him in the face with a soldering iron" if he talks down on Joe again. It might not seem too awesome, until you realize who's playing Clem...
    • Joe absolutely smokes Robby in a drag race at the end of the film when he finally gets his Hemi out of impound.
    • When Joe finally learns that his parents intentionally abandoned him, he becomes enraged and begins trashing their trailer while angrily berating them.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Joe's daydream about launching Roman Candles at an "Atom Bomb".
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Joe realizing who his true "family" was.
    • Brandy tells Joe that his parents didn't abandoned him, he left them.
  • Iron Woobie: Joe keeps upbeat in spite of all the crap he takes from so many people.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Joe's parents didn't lose him at the Grand Canyon. They just left him. The only reason they wanted to see Joe again was he had become famous.
  • Tear Jerker: When Joe finally fell into despair after discovering his parents left him on purpose.
  • Squick: The "meteor" Joe finds at one point during his travels as well as the "A-Bomb"
  • The Woobie: Joe, who is constantly treated like shit pretty much throughout his life and turns out to have extremely unloving parents.

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