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26 Mar 2019

Home Video Review: Netflix's 'The Dirt' Is a Poorly Acted, By-the-Numbers Mötley Crüe Biopic

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A scene from The Dirt. A scene from The Dirt.

Jeff Tremaine, director of the Jackass films, tries to deliver an actual narrative movie—and bombs miserably with The Dirt, a lame Netflix biopic on Mötley Crüe.

Based on the book that was written by members of the band, the film covers Mötley Crüe from its formation … and makes a mess of the whole thing. For starters, Tommy Lee lookalike Machine Gun Kelly delivers a bad performance as the iconic drummer, making him into more of a cartoon than he already is.

Daniel Webber is an annoying prick as lead singer Vince Neil … but Neil is an annoying prick in real life, too, so I guess he gets a pass. Douglas Booth renders bassist Nikki Sixx boring, while Iwan Rheon is the closest thing to any fun as old, grumpy guitarist Mick Mars.

I’ll confess: I’ve never liked the band. I find the music amateurish and shitty, so it would be difficult for me to like any film about Mötley Crüe. However, I know how to evaluate movies—and we are talking some bad acting here, and the film offers nothing revelatory whatsoever about the group. (They had groupies; they did drugs, blah, blah, blah.) I never thought I’d see a rock biopic that annoyed me more than Bohemian Rhapsody, but here you go.

The Dirt is now streaming on Netflix.

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