It's been nearly 15 years since "Joe Dirt," the self-described redneck comedy starring David Spade as the titular mulleted bozo, hit theaters. We live in a very different world, but some things never change: namely, that sequels are the film industry's bread and butter. Thus, it has come to this: the trailer for "Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser" has just been released. The film reunites Spade with his costars Brittany Daniel (who plays his wife, Brandy), Adam Beach, Dennis Miller, and Christopher Walken, who all appeared in the original movie and are now back reprising their parts.
In the decade and a half since audiences last saw Joe, he and Brandy got married and had three daughters (fortunately, none of them share their father's taste in hairstyle). The Dirt family is happily living life and minding their own business, until a freak tornado touches down near their trailer and carries Joe away. What follows is a combination of "The Wizard of Oz" and "Back to the Future": Joe finds himself not only in an unfamiliar land, but also in the year 1965. From there, he must figure out how to get back to Brandy before she falls in love with another man and their entire history is rewritten.
"Joe Dirt 2" is also notable for its distribution strategy. The film will not be shown in theaters, but is instead being released by Crackle, a Sony-owned website that releases digital content for free. Crackle is advertising "Joe Dirt 2" as the "first made-for-digital sequel to a major motion picture."
The movie will be available for viewing starting in July.