Every once in a while, a film comes along that - despite an unimpressive box office take and critical slams - emerges as a fan favorite. For many, the Adam Sandler-produced 2001 comedy Joe Dirt is exactly that.
The film - which stars David Spade as the title character - brought in just $30 million worldwide during its theatrical run. That was enough to turn a profit and seemingly enough for Crackle to come onboard to distribute a sequel. Now, 14 years later after the original movie was released, Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser will be delivered directly fans via the streaming service.
Crackle has just released a full-length trailer offering more details about Beautiful Loser's plot, as well as what are sure to be some key gags. The new footage greatly expands on the brief teaser released a couple months back, clarifying the role that time-travel will play. Brittany Daniels, Christopher Walken and Dennis Miller also reprise their roles from the first Joe Dirt.
Beautiful Loser is also directed by Fred Wolf, writer of both the first film as well as both of the Grown Ups movies that've been released to date.
Beautiful Loser already has a built-in fanbase; that includes not only those who fondly remember Joe Dirt's first adventure, but also people who enjoy the silly, over-the-top style of devil-may-care comedy employed by Spade and his former Saturday Night Live co-stars like Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider.
That being said, this new film is probably less likely to appeal to critics of such comedies. Moreover, the time-travel element of the story does seem a bit tired considering that films like Hot Tub Time Machine and its sequel have already tread that ground to successful results. Still, that shouldn't matter much to Crackle or Spade, since the film is quite clearly aimed towards the existing fans that have supported and re-watched the first film countless times over the years.
Regardless if this new film is one's particular brand of comedy, Spade and the team behind Joe Dirt 2 do deserve recognition for making the film a reality, as it is the first made-for-digital sequel to a major film release. If nothing else, its release on Crackle certainly opens the door for other cult favorites to receive a similar treatment. With Netflix releasing new original content all the time, Joe Dirt 2 makes Crackle the first streaming service to dust off a past film for a revival rather than a television series.
Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser will be available only on Crackle on July 16, 2015.