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The Aristocrats (2005)
USA / English
"No Nudity No Violence Unspeakable Obscenity "
One hundred superstar comedians tell the same very, VERY dirty, filthy joke--one shared privately by comics since Vaudeville.
Chris Albrecht Himself - HBO Chairman/CEO
Jason Alexander Himself
Hank Azaria Himself
Shelley Berman Himself
Steven Banks Billy The Mime (as Billy The Mime)
Lewis Black Himself
David Brenner Himself
Mario Cantone Himself
Drew Carey Himself
George Carlin Himself
Mark Cohen Himself
Scott 'Carrot Top' Thompson Himself (as Carrot Top)
Billy Connolly Himself
Pat Cooper Himself
Wayne Cotter Himself
Director: Paul Provenza
Producer: Peter Adam Golden
A funny joke ruined by awful editing
It begins with a man walking into a theatrical agents office. It ends with the man saying the act is called "The Aristocrats". The middle is a description of the act which usually involves the most vile things the teller can think of. In the proper hands this is a very funny joke. The makers of this film do not possess the proper hands.

Over the course of several years Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette filmed their friends, some of the worlds funniest comedians telling the joke and talking about it. They then brought the footage together and put it out for the rest of us to enjoy. Certainly they have given us some very funny moments, Gilbert Gottfried at the Friars Roast, Kevin Pollack doing Christopher Walken, Larry Storch, Sarah Silverman being obscene. Its great stuff. Add to that George Carlin, Billy Connolly and others talking about the joke and about comedy and you have an informative mix.

Or it would be if Provenza knew how to edit a film. This is possibly the single worst edited film I've ever seen. We barely get to see the joke from start to finish, every speaker is inter-cut with everyone else so that it comes across as one of those dinners with your family where everyone is talking at the same time. Everyone is telling the joke essentially at the same time, ending and beginning randomly as they use repeated tellings to illustrate the structure, both real and imagined of the joke. People seem to have been cut off in mid thought as we jump to something else, only to come back to the first person still stammering out the thought. Its awful. There is no rhythm to flow to the film just joke after joke after idea after joke. You end up not caring and wondering what all of the fuss about the film was.

Don't get me wrong this can be a very funny movie. The material here is often grade A filth, or would be if anyone was allowed to build up a head of steam.

I laughed and I hated it.

A very badly made, but at times very funny movie. Worth a rental if you can stand the gross out humor simply because some of this is priceless humor.(And if you rent the DVD you can see the extras which are more consistently funny than the movie itself)

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 4
Imdb rating: 6.5
Musician: Gary Stockdale
Running time: 89 min
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3