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The Aristocrats (2005)

George Carlin , Don Rickles , Paul Provenza  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George Carlin, Don Rickles, Chris Rock, Chris Albrecht, Jason Alexander
  • Directors: Paul Provenza
  • Producers: Paul Provenza, Farley Ziegler, Glenn S. Alai, Krasher Lewis, Michael Lynn
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Velocity / Thinkfilm
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C3L2NE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,420 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Aristocrats" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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"A master class in comedy" -- TIME

"An uproarious dissection of a notorious dirty joke told by a retinue of famous comedians." -- The New York Times

"Raucous and raunchy...a hilarious deconstruction of the filthiest joke ever told as interpreted by more than 100 comedians." -- Premiere

"Without a second of nudity, this is the filthiest movie you’ll ever see!" -- E! Online

"You’ll laugh till it hurts." -- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Product Description

Comedy veterans and co-creators Penn Jillette (one half of the hit duo Penn & Teller) and Paul Provenza capitalize on their insider status and invite over 100 of their closest friends (who happen to be some of the biggest names in entertainment, from George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Carey to Gilbert Gottfried, Bob Saget, Paul Reiser and Sarah Silverman) to reminisce, analyze and deliver their own versions of the world’s dirtiest joke, an old burlesque routine too extreme to be performed in public, called The Aristocrats. One of the smash hits of the 2005 Sundance film festival, this critically acclaimed, star-studded comedy extravaganza, which celebrates the art of improvisation and the finest (and most foul mouthed) traditions of stand up, is sure to stretch the limits of its audience, particularly for how loud and how long they can laugh.

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for Everyone--but perfect for the right folks November 11, 2005
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I saw this film at a college theater in Ann Arbor, because I knew it would never come to the area where I live. It is the funniest and filthiest documentary ever made, about the funniest and filthiest joke ever told. One hundred comedians either tell the joke or comment on it or both. It's been an "in-thing" among comedians for years, and now at last it's out there for all to see. If your tolerance for scatalogical, sick, perverted humor is not high, don't even try to see it. It takes a strong stomach to listen to the joke as it becomes ever more depraved, but if you can take it, your sides will ache from laughter before it's over.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Homage to Free Speech December 30, 2005
Format:DVD
I like this film for what it says about free speech and the face/state of comedy in America.

By any measure the language is rough and the joke appalling, but only if you think of this as something *other than* comedy one-upmanship. My only complaint with the film is that it wasn't long enough and some comics were just face time (like Jon Stewart and Chris Rock). Here's my highlight reel:

BEST DELIVERY Martin Mull, laid back and hilarious. Taylor Kegan, smooth and articulate.

DADS TALKING DIRTY: Andy Richter and Doug Stanhope with their infant sons. Funny and freakishly disturbing.

MOST OBNOXIOUS: Mario Cantone, Andy Dick

VETERAN GREATS: Jay Marshall (who also has a terrific joke in the end credits) and Pat Cooper, the misanthrope.

COSMIC COMIC CHICKS: Carrie Fisher, Sarah Silverman, Wendy Liebman

NICE TOUCHES: The Joe Franklin-Sarah Silverman "relationship"; the very last comic in the end credits (can't say who he/she is, or I'd spoil it for you); comments by journalist Frank DiGiacomo; all the extra goodies on the DVD version.

BIGGEST SURPRISE: How the "same" joke can be told so differently yet reveal so little about the comic.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tears-in-Your-Eyes Funny January 24, 2006
Format:DVD
This is a great, hysterical movie. You can watch it over and over and will still laugh out loud. It has a great variety of different types of comedians and different styles of joke telling. It also has some interesting insight into the behind the scenes of the comedy world. It has something for everybody, unless, of course, you are easily offended.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT JUST ANOTHER DIRTY JOKE January 23, 2006
Format:DVD
This movie is not a joke. It an unpretentious treatise on comedy. And the joke is performed by masters. It's the comedic equivalent of opera...majestic variations on a deceptively simple theme. If that weren't enough, it's a huge step forward for freedom of expression. Now how many movies can you say all of that about?
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for humorless morons... January 16, 2006
Format:DVD
The funniest thing I've seen in the theater in ages. But it is very raunchy. Avoid it if you are offended by particular ideas, or the arrangement of sounds in particular ways. If you're offended by this movie, you deserve to be.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I actually fell on the floor in the theater January 23, 2006
Format:DVD
I won't quote my favorite quotes because I don't think amazon would be hip to that, but I loved this movie so much I actually had to get out of my seat in the theater. It shows no mercy on the laughes and I had trouble breathing.

Do not rent this dvd. Buy it. I'm sure I'll get something new each time I watch it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An insiders guide to the ultimate inside joke January 23, 2006
Format:DVD
Filthy vile disgusting incredibly funny examination of free speech. No nudity. No sex. No violence. Just words. Except of course when Billy the Mime does his take on this classic joke. Gilbert pushed the envelope daring to punch holes in the human psyche by being the first to turn tragedy in to comedy. To patch up the holes he unleashes The Aristocrats. Laughter heals. Genius. Smart. Funny. There, I said it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! January 23, 2006
Format:DVD
"The Aristocrats" is a rare film in that it is absolutely brilliant and outrageously funny at the same time. It's not about the joke, it's about the art of joke telling and improv. The editing is superb, so you never get tired of hearing the different variations. In fact, just when you catch your breath , wipe the tears from your eyes and settle back in your chair...you can't help but buckle over with belly laughs again. It's simply hilarious from beginning to end.

If you can only buy a few films a year..this should be one of them. I've seen it 5 times and each time I laugh harder and pick up on something new. I've never enjoyed a film more.

Hollywood should sit up and take notice. If more people put out movies like Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette.....Hollywood wouldn't be in the slump that it's in right now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars And what do you call the act?...
Maybe the finest film about the nuts and bolts of funny ever made. The joketelling isn't the best part of this film, it's hearing some of the finest minds in comedy unpack their... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Loretta Dentressangle
3.0 out of 5 stars The plusses and the minuses
I first heard the joke about "the Aristocrats" watching the DVD "Gilbert Gottfried: Dirty Jokes". I had already heard of this movie, and decided to give it a try. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Karl E. Weaver
1.0 out of 5 stars Suggested by my brother
which should have made me know I wouldn't like as we have very different ideas of what is funny. I like intelligent humor, this is not that.
Published 1 month ago by Toni Vicalvi
5.0 out of 5 stars sick humor
Very sick humor, and seeing all the comedians takes on the joke is quite hilarious. I watched it years ago and had an urge to see it again. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anne B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bawdy Art
100 comedians telling the world's dirtiest joke, each with their own spin on it. Hardly subject for a 90 minute movie until you realize the art that each one brings to the joke... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shivas Irons
5.0 out of 5 stars The Aristocrats
This movie is pretty nasty but REALLY REALLY funny! Maybe not for everyone but I thought it was disgustingly funny! Read more
Published 2 months ago by RodeoKelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. Classic!
If you can get past the part with the mime without laughing outloud, you have no soul. Great movie. Yes, it's a dirty joke, get over it already.
Published 3 months ago by T-O-Dubs
5.0 out of 5 stars George Carlin, a very, very funny man!
George Carlin! Maybe the best comedian in the last umpteen years. Not better than Hope, Benny, etc. but in his genre, he was the very best, ever! Read more
Published 4 months ago by jimbo222
5.0 out of 5 stars Funnny funny funny
What more is there to say?! Tons of comedians telling their version of the classis aristocrats joke. very very funny!
Published 4 months ago by Michael J Moran
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see!
This was a very funny movie! I am a big fan of penn jillette and he did a great job with this!
Published 5 months ago by Mike
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