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Movie Review: The Aristocrats

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Story: So this guy walks into a talent agent's office and says " Have I got an act for you!" He then proceeds to describe (here's where you insert the filthiest, most vile, degradating, morally reprehensible, socially unacceptable acts that humans can do to one another) the act. The talent agent is amazed, baffled, perplexed, piqued and says, "what's this act called?" The comic says "The Aristocrats".

This vaudeville joke has been circulating behind the scenes in the world of comics for decades. It is a sort of 'Can you top this'?

Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza have created a documentary using scores of comics to riff about this joke.The AMC movie chain decided this film was not appropriate for its audience. That alone was reason enough to bring me to the theater (Regal Cinemas).

I laughed a lot. I got bored. I was amused. I drifted. But it was an fascinating look at the world of comedians. If you can stomach some raunchy, scatological humor and are interested in how comic's minds work, then this film is for you. If not, watch Lifetime. It is much more tame.

Acting: This is a documentary so in actuality there is not acting, but all of the comics were indeed, acting. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Martin Mull, a mime, and a guy doing the joke with playing cards. Some of the featured comics were: Jason Alexander, Hank Azaria, David Brenner, Drew Carey, George Carlin, Billy Connolly, Andy Dick, Phyllis Diller, Carrie Fisher, Whoopi Goldberg, Gilbert Gottfried, Eric Idle, Eddie Izzard, Penn & Teller, Jake Johannsen, Richard Lewis, Bill Maher, Howie Mandel, Michael McKean, Larry Miller, Martin Mull, Kevin Nealon, Taylor Negron, Emo Philips, Kevin Pollak, Paul Reiser, Andy Richter, Don Rickles, Chris Rock, Rita Rudner, Bob Saget, Harry Shearer, Sarah Silverman, Smothers Brothers, David Steinberg, Jon Stewart, Larry Storch, Rip Taylor, Dave Thomas, Carrot Top, Bruce Vilanch, Fred Willard, Robin Williams, Steven Wright

Predilection: Any film that is banned or boycotted interests me.

Critters: Much discussion about critters and bestiality but no critters on screen.

Food: No time for food.

Visual Art: Comic Martin Mull was speaking in front of one of his own paintings. He is a graduate of RISD.

Theater Audience: A spartan crew, mostly guys.

Squirm Scale: You might find some of the jokes quite squirmy.

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine.

Length: About 90 minutes.