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Aristocrats, The
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by PaulBryant

"1001 jokes – one punch line"
5 stars

There isn’t really much to be said about The Aristocrats that hasn’t already been said, or that could enlighten you any further on why you should head out to see it. Regardless, since I loved the movie, I’ll offer up a few thoughts just for the hell of it.

Of course, I should first start by saying that I didn’t really love the movie – it’s very hard to love something that makes you sick to your stomach – but that it is an important, hilarious movie, that says all the wrong things all at once, in a an hour and a half of cuss laden documentary that is festooned with explicit excrement gags, overlong tales of incest, and other such jolly jokes told by a few dozen of your favorite funnymen (and women). The sickness I felt walking out of the screening of The Aristocrats came (I’m fairly certain) less from the foulmouthed marathon of free-speechifying than from the near constant strain it put on my abdomen from laughing.

Obviously, when you pop on a Redd Foxx record, or something from George Carlin, you expect to be offended by the unabashed candor, and you yuk it up because you know its all in good fun, all for a good laugh. But with The Aristocrats, an even more special pleasure is offered: one single joke, told by a mob of jokesters, many of whom you could scarcely imagine saying hell without resorting to double hockey sticks. Guys like Paul Reiser, or Bob Saget (a man who, once you’ve seen this movie, will never again enter your mind as Danny Tanner, or that doofy host who made squirrel voices for America’s Funniest Home Videos).

One after another, comedians offer up their interpretation of the meat of the joke that is sandwiched between the prologue - basically, a man walks into a talent agency with his family and says he’s got an idea for a stage show, whereupon the agent says ‘okay you got five minutes, tell me what it is’ - and the anticlimactic, not actually very funny, punch line - the agent, after hearing the horrible description of the act by the man asks, somewhat shaken, ‘what do you call yourselves?’ Answer: ‘The Aristocrats!’). That’s all one has to know or remember about the joke – the rest is up to the teller. Make it dirty, make it long (like Chevy Chase apparently used to, holding marathon competitions at cocaine-fueled Hollywood parties), make it personal, make it utterly disgusting to the point where words can scarcely describe the amount of bodily fluid ‘The Aristocrats’ have left on the stage. Make it anything you choose – just make it funny.

And that, of course, is just what the movie does. Nothing more. A bunch of funny people telling one joke. Some bomb, some are more outrageous, some mime their interpretations, some tell it too clean and are left forgettable amongst the quarts of acutely described blood and semen, but they all give a whirl. From Kevin Pollack’s impression of Christopher Walken telling the joke, to the aforementioned Bob Saget’s monologue of incestuous goings-on, to Sarah Silverman’s absolutely gut-busting story that I will hail as easily the funniest thing I’ve seen in a movie theatre. Seriously, I still laugh when I think of it.

Anyways, it’s fairly obvious just by glancing at the cast list that this is a movie worth seeing – with this many funny people, how wrong could it go? It’s like a 90 minute improve session where the best in the business show you just why they get paid to make people laugh. The Aristocrats is a rare movie where you’ll be somewhat glad when it’s over, so you can dry the tears, and give your stomach a rest from the guttural hysterics.

And there’s not many movies that can make you happy they’ve ended because of the great fun you’ve had watching them, so go out and enjoy. Of course, you may be a downer and think The Aristocrats steps across some line of vulgarity that just shouldn’t be crossed, but don’t be one of those people, they censor and ban stuff and make crazy laws.

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User Comments

10/18/11 Magic A great dissection on what makes a joke funny. Even if it's as crude as the Aristocrats. 4 stars
7/01/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess You know your a sick fuck when child-rape puts you in stitches 5 stars
8/23/06 AnnieG Not for the faint-of-heart (and avoid eating while you watch), but an amazing film. 4 stars
5/14/06 Jen Awesome. A great movie. 5 stars
4/16/06 Michael Garbage All The Way. Very Disappointing 1 stars
4/16/06 millersxing A crash course in scatological humor; come armed with a funny bone. 5 stars
3/03/06 Indrid Cold Original and good for a laugh or three. Don't watch with grandparents or children! 4 stars
3/01/06 Phil M. Aficionado Amusing and outside the box;wears out its welcome by the end;be in a mood to be grossed out 3 stars
2/07/06 bitch fuck you janet fucking prude bitch 5 stars
12/16/05 Marty Hilarious, smart and fearless. A new form of documentary. 5 stars
11/30/05 joey squids it was great...sarah silverman just jumped out of my ass! 5 stars
10/10/05 the untrained eye Not as funny as those who've seen it would like those who haven't believe 3 stars
9/13/05 Marty Funniest, smartes movie I've seen in ages. 5 stars
9/11/05 janet nave This film was so offensive and stupid that I left--UGH 1 stars
9/10/05 ajay it got a little slow at times, but there were tons of laughs. 4 stars
9/06/05 guy funny if you're still 13 2 stars
9/05/05 Martin Totaly disgusting and vulgar piece of crap 1 stars
8/29/05 Ayatolla of Rockinrolla The funniest movie I've seen in a while. Cartman RULES 5 stars
8/28/05 bullit16 Production values are lacking, but it's wet-your-pants funny 4 stars
8/22/05 bizenya great if you're interested in comedy as an art form. 4 stars
8/20/05 walter it's just hilarious and brilliant. period. 5 stars
4/15/05 Simon This is GENIUS. Funny as hell and even smarter than that. 5 stars
2/20/05 fiona just lovely... 5 stars
2/16/05 Jen SO GREAT. Awesome job by Provenza & Emery. 5 stars
2/01/05 Tammera Mack great movie 5 stars
1/31/05 Gladys Paradowski This is hilarious. Such a contrast to today's special effects monstrosities. 5 stars
1/31/05 Emery Emery I'm Biased. I edited the thing. 5 stars
1/29/05 Casey Tells good 4 stars
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  29-Jul-2005 (NR)
  DVD: 24-Jan-2005



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