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The Aristocrats (2005)

1 rating: 5.0
Comedy movie directed by Paul Provenza

Released without a rating and billed as "the most vile, disgusting, and vulgar" film of all time,The Aristocratsis also funny enough to qualify as a minor comedy classic. We say "minor" only because hearing the same foul joke told by 100 celebrated comedians … see full wiki

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Director: Paul Provenza
1 review about The Aristocrats (2005)


  • Jan 26, 2006
"The Aristocrats," is not a funny movie. Any laughter on my part was spurred by the laughter of the participants, like a cough prompted by someone else's cough, rather than by the content of the joke. My reaction was more like awe. I was absolutely astounded by the verbal riffs that were going down.

The premise of both movie and joke are simple. The movie: Tracks the on-going life of a particular and particularly dirty joke that is more often performed for other comedians than the public, and is an exercise in inventive one-upmanship. The movie uses an A, B, and C list of comedians to tell the joke. The joke: A manager for a "family act," meets with an agent to sell the act, explains what the act is, the agent asks the name of the act, and the name is the punch line.

What makes the joke is the explanation, which is open to the teller's stream-of-consciousness, and which includes any and every sexual taboo the teller can pull out of his or her personal universe.

The thrill of the movie is in watching the comedians create astounding, totally uncensored, somehow logical Rube Golberg constructs of verbal obscenity. It's like watching a leap into the subconscious, or the dredging of a cesspool in which all the bodies have been dumped.

This is a movie for comedians, poets, Shakespeare scholars, and anyone interested in jokes, story-telling, or verbal play. It is not for the feint, or easily offended.

My wife loved the idea, hated the movie.

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