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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.
Makes Magic Mike look like a piece of dinosaur feces.
Simple movie but good movie.
The Full Monty does a good job of incorporating heavy themes in a light-hearted manner. There are a few great scenes, but overall the movie never achieves much more than "pretty good."
A warm and funny comedy drama starring Robert Carlyle.
Having heard a lot of good things about The Full Monty, I of course sat down to watch it with reasonable expectations. But in all honesty, I was pretty underwhelmed by it. There are a decent amount of scenes and aspects about the film that work, but as a whole, The Full Monty just never came together in a really satisfying fashion for me. To me, it seemed like the filmmakers never really decided whether they were making a comedy or drama, and just made something that sits kind of awkwardly in the middle. It never got more than a few chuckles out of me, even though I usually really like British humor. Also, for a movie that's only 90 minutes, I didn't find that it was paced very well, nor was the story all that compelling. The Full Monty has some good elements, but for me, it never managed to rise above mediocrity.
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Still funny and delightful. Still touching with some great points about self-respect and body-image.
Magic Mike pffff bring on the full monty..
A wonderful comedy. Proper northern.
One of the more baffling best picture nominees, not that it's a bad film by any stretch.
Totally harmless fun. Lots of fun...too much fun
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