Movieline's Hollywood Life - 09/01/2005
"McCarthy demonstrates a flair for slapstick, and Eddie Kaye Thomas makes an appealing foil as the wimpy guy who pines for her."
While some may raise an eyebrow when they discover that Jenny McCarthy wrote the script for DIRTY LOVE, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise: McCarthy has already established herself as a writer, has never been afraid to laugh at herself, and has further screenplays in the works. The curvacious former model proved her comedic chops as host of MTV's SINGLED OUT, and serves up further laughs in this addition to the gross-out comedy genre, which was directed by her husband, John Mallory Asher (although McCarthy filed for divorce from Asher shortly before DIRTY LOVE's theatrical debut).
Rebecca (McCarthy) is a fashion photographer who is shocked when she discovers her boyfriend, Richard (Victor Webster), in bed with another woman. After the initial hurt, Rebecca decides she wants Richard back, and embarks on a quest to sleep with as many men as possible, thinking her former lover will be so jealous that he'll beg her to return. Rebecca's friend Michelle (Carmen Electra) eggs her on, and a series of farcical set-pieces is engineered to highlight Rebecca's increasingly desperate attempts to get laid. In a film full of bawdy humor and harsh language, McCarthy camps it up as her character wallows in her own menstrual blood, throws up over her own ample cleavage, and does whatever it takes to win her man back. DIRTY LOVE is a piece of lowbrow filmmaking that is unashamedly trashy, and owes a sizeable debt to the ribald comedy of Benny Hill and the Pope of Trash himself, John Waters.