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Movie Review: The Aristocrats

Monday, November 28, 2005
This weekend I had the opportunity to see The Aristocrats, a movie billed with the tagline "No Nudity No Violence Unspeakable Obscenity".

At the end I felt like less of a human being for laughing as hard as I did.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. The premise of the movie revolves around one joke - I won't repeat it here, but the details of the joke are in the Wikipedia. The joke, in and of itself, isn't that funny. It's the TELLING of the joke that's the humor (combined with the irony of the punchline.)

Listening to a hundred different comedians tell this joke and watching them laugh is what's funny. Learning that this joke can be told with a deck of cards almost made my side split. Learning that Bob Saget (I hated Full House) is not only really funny, but possibly the dirtiest, filthiest man alive was hysterical. Watching Drew Carey and Robin Williams give the same punchline with the same timing was a rare moment. And watching Carrie Fisher tell a dirty joke ruined my childhood - but it was worth it.

Anyway, this movie is not for the faint of heart. But the final word is: If you have the chance to see it, take it. If you don't have the chance... make one.


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