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.
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
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)
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