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The Full Monty
The year's most revealing comedy.
Sheffield, England. Gaz, a jobless steelworker in need of quick cash persuades his mates to bare it all in a one-night-only strip show.
Peter Cattaneo's The Full Monty came along at a time when the British film industry was experiencing a bit of a lull after the success of Four Weddings & A Funeral. A money-making phenomenon, it has the perfect mix of comedy and drama and appealed to all age groups despite some rather risque scenes and some colorful language.
The plot all boils down to the story of six men and their life of drudgery as unemployment and social hardship take their toll on the streets of the industrial City Of Sheffield. Featuring Robert Carlyle in the main role and starring the comedic talents of Tom Wilkinson, Paul Barber, and Mark Addy, this sees them hatch an idea to perform as strippers…
There is something about the British, who are often said to be "cold", that they are able to make a terrific comedy out of every situtation.
A woman learnin to drive? You have Happy Go-Lucky.
A zombie Rom-Com? Shaun of the Dead is for you.
Now we get 6 unemployed, Sheffield born brits who decide to make money by stripping. Not only stripping, but going the "Full Monty" (taking off all your cloths).
The Full Monty does not try to be overly sentimental. It does not try to preach, and does not try to inject sadness to pump up the story.
All the tension, the jokes and story come from the blokes trying to learn how to dance/strip, and their…
He's fat, you're thin, and you're both fucking ugly.
The gang in Magic Mike don't have anything on Gaz and the gang. All Channing Tatum and his guys have are bulging muscles and sex appeal while these boys are unemployed, obese, impotent, old, depressed and suicidal. There's even a ginger in there for good measure. It's not even a contest.
I've always been told this movie was good, but I'm not quite sure why I never got around to watching it before. It finds humor in the face of hardship and I'm a sucker for that kind of comedy. The cast is damn fantastic too with Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy and Tom Wilkinson easily being the standouts.
It tackles all these serious issues with an end game solution that is both ridiculous and perfect.
It's like watching the Monty Python troupe only instead of a bunch of British folks doing physical comedy, it's a bunch of British folks getting physical; stripping and what not. Ok, it's nothing like Monty Python, but it's still pretty fucking funny.
If you ever wanted to see Tom Wilkinson strip down to his bare ass, this is clearly the film for you.
Haven't seen this since 1997 and I enjoy the humour and the performances more these days. Gerald and his gnomes. Hot stuff in the job centre queue. Being able to enjoy the music, even the less than sainted Glitter.
I am still on the fence about the child angle with Robert Carlyle's custody battle, as it doesn't sit with the fun of the rest of it.
But, hey, guys, you can leave your hats on ;)
Unemployed and broke, Gaz needs to find a way to pay child support so his ex-wife will let him see his son. Gaz cooks up a scheme with some other out-of-work and down-on-their-luck guys to raise money by stripping. Untalented and very average-looking, these guys make for an unlikely Chippendale troop. This movie has funny writing and the movie knows what it is and it shows it off.
Unapologetic feel-good film. Can watch it over and over.
Though released after Labour's landslide victory in 1997 UK general election, The Full Monty is an artefact of Britain under Conservative rule, with the once-thriving steel mills of Sheffield desolate and countless former employees unemployed, including its six protagonists. Despite dramatic elements underpinning the insults-based comedy, the film is never particularly challenging or insightful. No film that were would have earned so much ($258 million) on a budget of so little ($3.5 million).
I have seen this so many times that decided that the last hour of this is an ok end to a long week. it is hilarious and as some Flixter personality stated, it is unbeliavable that it was up for the best film Oscar against..... waite..... Titanic!!!
Such a cute little movie. The characters in this movie feel very real and genuine, which makes them a great group of lads to cheer for.
The whole cast is really quite solid, but Mark Addy is particularly adorable here. I just wanna give him a big ol hug.
I had the pleasure of watching this with my partner.
'The Full Monty', a beautiful film from the 90s, welds comedy and drama better than "Flashytits" as Mark Addy's character says.
The individual characters have their overwhelming respective issues - unemployment connects them - stripping makes them famous.
'The Full Monty' is one of those films with a brilliant soundtrack that ties the film together - even if one or two Gary Glitter songs are used.
Perhaps remembered as the male stripper film, this is in fact that a remarkably deep study of post-Thatcher Britain and masculinity in crisis. It's also brutally funny, a celebration of friendship and genuine "feel-good movie".
Simon Beaufoy's screenplay is the secret weapon here. The darkness sits comfortably alongside the broader jokes. But director Cattaneo does a brilliant job telling the story. He graduates from TV here exceptionally well. To the point you wonder why his career never went any further than this astonishing debut. He shoots the Sheffield setting with an uncomfortable lack of sheen - the city is presented as little more than a burnt shell of its former self.
The cast too are amazing. The fact that the…
Charming film from the other side of the pond about a bunch of working class blokes at the ends of their ropes who decide to stage a strip show for cash. The gimmick is that they promise to go "the full monty," much to the delight of their wives and girlfriends.
"The Full Monty" was a minor sensation in 1997, and started a movie trend that exists to this day: the little indie film that could and makes it all the way to the Best Picture category at the Academy Awards. I don't know that it's quite that good, but you could probably fit three "Full Monty"s into one "Titanic," the film that DID win Best Picture that year, and if I had to pick one of them to watch again now, I'd pick the naked dudes over the sinking ship any day.
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