The Aristocrats (2005)

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The Aristocrats (2005)

Postby hengcs » Mon Aug 15, 2005 7:02 am

Well, I will only say that my friend and I did not know what "The Aristocrats" joke was until we watched it ...

What is good ...
-- Frankly, I only like one scene, the "pack of cards" rendition of the joke ... hee hee ...

-- And to some extent, the mime rendition of the joke ...
-- And to some extent, the South Park rendition ...
-- And if you insist, from a film critic's perspective (as opposed to a moviegoer), there might be some food for thoughts issue (despite the premise of a comedy) about how beliefs/tolerance/etc had evolved over the years, across different gender, across different ethnicity, etc ... but in my humble opinion, most average moviegoers wouldn't be bothered ...

What is problematic ...
-- Hmmm ... to watch the film, you have to be receptive ... you should not be offended by any kind of jokes ... some audience walked out half way ...
-- As a matter of fact, the cast of comedians (in the film) laughed much more often than the audience (at least during my screening) ...
The main reason: the jokes became rather repetitive after a while (i.e., even with different versions by different comedians) ...
-- Maybe some comedians or some jokes are more "localized"?!
e.g., My friend and I did not understand why near the end, Gilbert Gottfried can solicit so much laughter during his TV filming, but not necessarily from the theater audience ...
-- Hmmm ... some people may not like the idea of two comedians telling the joke to their own babies (even though their babies were too young to understand the joke) ...
-- Finally, it might be good to provide the names of the comedians during the film as opposed to the end, esp. for audience who do not know who they are ...
* pardon our ignorance *

Conclusion:
-- You have to be prepared ... do not be offended ...
-- Also, I wonder if Americans can appreciate the sense of humor/joke better than other nationalities ... in part because they know the comedians better

** Despite NO rating, I definitely would NOT bring kids to the film ...
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Re: The Aristocrats (2005)

Postby wpqx » Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:06 pm

Well sorry after so dreadfully long to bring this thread back, but I finally just watched the film. Now with any luck the film would have been side splitting hilarious, but I don't think enough of these comedians were able to sustain the material long enough to carry through. Some of the interpretations of the joke were quite good, I liked the South Park version, Sarah Silverman's, and Kevin Pollack's imitation of Christopher Walken telling the joke. The unabridged version of the joke (found on the special features of the DVD) is much better and the film's convoluted editing structure may make the film move briskly, but it sacrifices some of the humor. For whatever the cause, its great to see so many of these comedians together.
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Re: The Aristocrats (2005)

Postby arsaib4 » Fri Dec 01, 2006 1:30 am

I also passed on The Aristocrats last year. I was intrigued by "the joke" but, I guess, not enough to go watch it. I waited for it to appear on DVD but then never got around to it.
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Re: The Aristocrats (2005)

Postby wpqx » Fri Dec 01, 2006 5:22 am

The special features on the DVD are better than the film itself. Hearing the comics tell "other" jokes and listening to them run unabridged was to me an improvement, but a little overkill. For fans of stand up I'd say hunt it out, but not exactly a film for the movie lover. Oh and word to the wise it helps not to watch the film with your mother.
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Re: The Aristocrats (2005)

Postby sfdavide » Thu Jan 24, 2008 3:57 am


For Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette to even think a film about a really bad joke would work was insane. Guess what, not only did it work but it may have been the funniest movie ever. I have laughed before at films, Harold and Maude, Some Like it Hot, etc, but never as hard or as much as I did for this film. I was laughing so hard that I had to watch it again because I missed what was being said in the next scene. The joke does not make any sense and is not funny. What is funny are the different ways comedians remember it and their reflections and retellings of it. The highlights are George Carlin and Gilbert Gottfried. I have never been a Gottfried fan but his telling of the joke at the Friars Roast of Hugh Hefner is classic. Carlin makes up his own version of the joke on the spot and even though very disgusting is very funny. Even the normally "clean" Paul Reiser has a graphic and hilarious retelling of the joke. I had trepidations about watching this film. A 90 minute movie about a joke, right. But after seeing it I am glad I did and will be recommending to all my friends.
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