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The Full Monty

A movie directed by Peter Cattaneo

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The Full Monty changed the language

  • Jan 28, 2008
There are now people who use the phrase `the full monty' who have never heard of, much less seen this witty, low-key film. The expression means `to do something completely and without reserve'. It originates in the story line: a group of recently-unemployed men in sooty olde England decide to form a Chippendales style dance troupe. Their plan, at the end of their act, is to remove the last velcroed jock-strap and expose `the full monty'.
The story line is crowded with the usual film tropes: relationships with family and friends are strained and tested. The men, initially overwhelmed by the decay of the industry that's been their livelihood gain strength as they take arms (and legs and torsos) against their sea of troubles. The men themselves are charming and their story is inspiring.
It is worth noting that "FULLY EXPOSED EDITION" is a canard. The ending reminds us just how daring their plan really is-it was too shocking to be shown on film.

Lynn Hoffman, author of the totally revealing

bang BANG: A Novel

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review by . September 04, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Six men who were laid off when their Yorkshire steel mill closed are desperate for money. When a one-night Chippendales show comes to town and is a big hit, they decide to make their own strip show, and to make it more interesting, they'll go completely nude! The men are neither big and buff nor good dancers, but they put their hearts into preparing for the big night.      This absolutely charming comedy has many touching moments, thanks to the well-developed and sympathetic …
review by . September 22, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Story line, music and of course, the Monty     Cons: English slang     The Bottom Line: "You give me reason to live.   You can leave your hat on!"   Tom Jones     The basic story line is great in this movie - a half dozen men, out of work, decide to go where no man has gone before - The Full Monty.      The ring leader of this doubtful group of strippers is Gaz. A bit of a showoff, someone that …
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In hopes of raising a few quid after their steel factory shuts down, a desperate group of working-class blokes in Sheffield decide to form an exotic male dance troupe, a la Chippendales, with one difference--despite their, well, average-at-best physiques, they're going to go "the full monty," meaning they'll offer their audience total nudity. Surprisingly bittersweet moments and well-intentioned social commentary imbue this raucous, feel-good comedy from England. Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Original Musical or Comedy Score. Academy Award: Best Original Musical or Comedy Score.

A group of unemployed Yorkshire steelworkers hopes to replenish their empty wallets and boost their flagging morale by following in the footsteps of the Chippendale's strippers. These guys are hardly what you would think of as buff, and few can even dance. They simply take these problems in stride, because these are men with a plan--displaced, unemployed, and feeling suffocated by the women in their lives, they just want to earn a little respect. The dialogue and interaction between these men will have you screeching with laughter, but of equal importance is their sense of camaraderie and caring. First-time director Peter Cattaneo is a name to watch for; he easily conveys the sheer humanity of these people in their small town with their sad stories and irresistible sense of optimism.--Rochelle ...
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