Saturday, 5 March 2011

The Full Monty

UK Release: 29th August 1997
Watched on TV: Friday 4th March 2011
Rating: 15
Runtime: 1hr 30mins
Tagline: The year's most revealing comedy.

IMDb Plot Summary: Six unemployed steel workers, inspired by the Chippendale's dancers, form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for "the full monty" - total nudity.
A Quick Review: The Full Monty surprised me. 
As I began to watch, I had an idea of what I was going to see - A British comedy. That it most certainly is, but there was much more to the film than that. And that is why it has become such a part of the nations psyche. 

Because The Full Monty has heart. Something which is rare in comedy these days, especially popular comedy. 
At the centre of the film is a father and son relationship - a dad who wants to raise enough money to pay for joint custody so he can see his son. 
And circling this relationship are the other 5 guys, unemployed and desperate, who join him in his quest to put together a strip tease to make some money. As they try to get fit and put together a routine, they form a bond of friendship which is, again, rare to see in film nowadays. 

Not only did the warmth of the film surprise me, but so did the humour. It was absolutely hilarious in places, and quietly tragic in others. 
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. 
Score: 7.5/10

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