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The film thus rounds up a whos who of comedy, and gets them to both discuss the infamous joke, and to commit their rendition of it to film. What the viewer then gets from it all is an at-times fascinating comparison of how different comedians can tackle pretty much the same material in wildly different ways. And with contributions from the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, Eric Idle and Paul Reiser, this isnt a tired scrape around the C-list circuit by any means, and its all the better for it.
With 100 comedians ultimately repeating their own version of the gag throughout the films running time, its perhaps unsurprising that The Aristocrats does slightly outstay its welcome. And the warning that the joke in question is offensive really shouldnt be taken lightly at all--taboos arent just broken here, theyre shattered into umpteen pieces. If you can stomach all that though, the end result is still worth your time.--Simon Brew --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
The Aristocrats. A documentary about a joke you may never have heard told, but may have heard about. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lady Concussion
Watching comics you are used to being clean and wholesome be absolutely discusting is fascinating. It feels like you get a peek behind the scenes, for real!Published on 16 April 2012 by Andreas Wiik
I ordered a copy of "The Aristocrats" after seeing an out-take from it in the extras section of Sarah Silverman's totally hilarious (at least I thot so) "Jesus Is Magic" DVD. Read morePublished on 24 Dec. 2011 by DVD-OCD
'The Aristocrats' is a joke so infamous amongst comedians that it got it's own documentary. It's also the punchline to the joke, a precis of which goes something like this:... Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2010 by Straightforward
This is a documentary about a joke where comedians get to be as crude and offensive as they can be before announcing the punchline "...The Aristocrats!". Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2009 by @GeekZilla9000
Ok, so I bought this as I remembered watching sections of it when it was on TV and thought it would be a good watch. Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2009 by A. Williams
HOW can a joke, which if practiced and lived, would put you behind bars or on the electric chair easily, survive that long? Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2008 by Movie Freak
This film is a masterclass in how to take a joke that isn't funny and ask lots of people who think they are funny to tell it , over and over and over and over and over and over... Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2007 by Mark Wharton
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