Really not what was expected.... dont recommend this movie at all, was very dissapointed esp. as it was done by Penn Jillet (From Penn & Teller)
I really enjoyed this film except towards the end where two blokes are telling the joke to their infant children. Seems like a lot of reviewers missed the point. This is more an insight into the history of stand up through the evolution of one joke from the old vaudeville days to today and how the version has to continually change to meet the ever lowering shock standards of society.
Funny and dirty as hell! This was fantastic. Check it out and make sure you watched the extras, it will give you a few more hours of entertainment.
Bad premise = bad film. Its a good laugh for approximately 5 minutes, and then gets repetitive extremely fast. I am all for giving it a go before you knock it, but save your postage time on this one - its put-back-on-the-shelf bad.
Granted this movie is out to offend. The crux of the joke is to be the most offensive you can possibly be. I really loved this! I loved seeing so many wonderful comedians falling into fits of laughter because they were so disgusted by what they are saying. The mime artists' take on the joke was priceless and there are many other gems in here, whoopi Goldbergs version for example. And who knew Bob Saget was so foul mouthed and disturbing? If you enjoy actors or comedians commenting on their art...this movie could be for you. But beware, I could only give it 4 out of 5 stars because one section offended me slightly too much.
Maybe the word "aristocrat" has different connotations to Americans than to Aussies, but the joke of this movie falls completely flat on this side of the Pacific. Still, this fast-paced semi-documentary with numerous comedians telling or talking about this joke is reasonably entertaining. However, it's a pity that many of those featured are unknown to us here.
Smutty, crude and terrible. It was a shame to see some good actors/comic participate in this load of rubbish. No redeming features whatsoever. Would not recommend.
Bob Saget was absolutely great. However, the movie starts to get dry by the end. Better than F**k but still worth a look if you like this kind of thing.
My lord what a discusting poorly edited film not to mention the crap joke, don't bother
The actual full joke is told in the first 5 minutes and it is perverse and sick (incest, bestiality, pedophelia, excrement eating, you name it) so be warned. It starts slow but picks up after that. Interesting to see how some comedians are funnier than others and I liked the comments by women comedians about how they tell the joke differently. Included is a cleaned up version (no sex or perversity) that I'll use at the next party I go to. The special features have some extra (and funnier) jokes than The Aristocrats one. One annoyance was the director asking questions off screen which we, the audience, can't quite hear. But I'm not sure what the point was, other than to look clever by getting famous comedians to tell the joke.
Not funny, not offensive, just plain sucked.
A shocker! A total waste of time.
This movie is guarenteed to offend! It is also a great insight on comedians around the world. Forget the joke, it's not funny. But it's their alliance to it that is great to watch. I really enjoyed the content although it could have been put together in a less chaotic manner.
Ignore all the negative reviews from the old fuddy duddies, this movie is highly entertaining.
Why so many people rented an R rated film described as containing "High impact sexual humour and themes, coarse language" and then seemed surprised by the content is beyond me.
It's just a bunch of funny people telling a silly joke. Maybe many of the reviewers didn't understand the joke? I'm not sure, they seem too preoccupied with the "crude, foul, disgusting & filthy" language. IT'S JUST WORDS PEOPLE!
I really wonder about peoples priorities when they are getting so offended by a few words. Heaven forbid the kind of backlash we'd be seeing if the film contained nudity as well! -GASP- Of course violence is perfectly acceptable, but I'm really starting to rant now, for more on that debate checkout another brilliant doco: "This Film Is Not Yet Rated" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0493459/ hopefully getting an R4 release soon.
Anyway, where were we? Don't confuse this movie for a stand up routine, the joke itself isn't the point. It's about the personalisation and the delivery unique to each of the presenters, as well as the stories that go along with the telling of the joke.
To conclude: if you don't have an open mind and are offended by four letter words, STAY AWAY! This movie is not for you. For everyone else (and I hope that is the majority and this review page is just the vocal minority at work again) defnitely check out this doco and laugh yourself silly.
yamumma says 5 STARS!
Seems like these comedians wanted ways to outcrude each other using the same basic template. Who won? Who knows? Who cares/
Documentry about a joke that is just not funny! DO NOT BOTHER
You really, really, really have to enjoy the same joke told 1237 times. We managed to last for 17 mimutes....
a very nothing movie dont know why its on the list kept fast forwarding it but found nothing in it worth perservering with
I couldn't even watch five minutes of this rubbish.
Maybe if you're keen on seeing some familar comedic faces with their guard down a bit. A documentary of sorts. Hated the editing, jumped around too much. Couldn't get past 20 minutes. And the joke is not worth bothering to even load it into your player.
not really that funny - i was very dissappointed and expected more
I agree with Neville W. The only worthwhile part was the few 'other' jokes in the extra features.
Rude, disgusting, filthy? Yeah. But more importantly it was not funny. The only ones who enjoyed this boring mess were the comedians telling the same joke over and over again.
Terrible! Insulting to one's intelligence. Could see NO humour whatsoever and turned off shortly after it began. No comparison to Arj Barker, who WAS funny!
A disjointed load of rubbish.
The only saving grace was a couple of jokes in the specials feature area.
My mistake to rely on 4 star recommendation. Absolute rubbish. Wife & I switched off after first 5 minutes as this is a documentary about 'one weak joke' told different ways by mostly "try hard-has been' American comedians using filthy gutter humour trying to out do each other. Should have remained ' inhouse' comedian's humour over the years rather than sharing it with us. It is simply not funny. Give me Australian/british humour anytime !!
Essentially a boring documentry about an extremely crude, disgusting, witless and ultimately unfunny joke. The making of this doco is a waste of time and talent of those involved and as for the joke itself don't bother finding out if you don't know it, it's best left in the sewers of the minds of those who tell it.