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The Aristocrats - Jason Alexander, Chris Rock, Robin Williams, Paul Provenza

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Movie propaganda

No nudity. No violence. Unspeakable obscenity.

Comedy veterans and co-creators Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza capitalise 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, just to name a few) to reminisce, analyse, deconstruct 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.

Persons of interest

  • Jason Alexander .... Himself
  • Hank Azaria .... Himself
  • Steven Banks .... Billy The Mime
  • Drew Carey .... Himself
  • Billy Connolly .... Himself
  • Andy Dick .... Himself
  • Phyllis Diller .... Herself
  • Carrie Fisher .... Herself
  • Todd Glass .... Himself
  • Whoopi Goldberg .... Herself
  • Eric Idle .... Himself
  • Eddie Izzard .... Himself
  • Howie Mandel .... Himself
  • Michael McKean .... Himself
  • Trey Parker .... Himself
  • Andy Richter .... Himself
  • Don Rickles .... Himself
  • Chris Rock .... Himself
  • Sarah Silverman .... Herself
  • Matt Stone .... Himself
  • Rip Taylor .... Himself
  • Robin Williams .... Himself
  • Paul Provenza .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Heh. He said faeces.

The Aristocrats is the kind of film you should see with a big bunch of mates and a tummy full of takeaway. Not to mention popcorn and the cola of your choice. There are moments of seriousness, sure, but mostly it's amusing, funny and hilarious. There are more mentions of faeces (shit), penises (dicks), vaginas (cunts), blood (blood), emesis (vomit), ejaculate (spooge), fellatio (blowies), cunnilingus (going down), anal intercourse (bum rooting), flagellation (whipping), intra-familial intercourse (incest) and infant sexual assault (kiddie rape) than Saturday night at Long Bay, which means, of course, that it's fucking funny.

As a documentary, Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette have limited themselves by choosing such a small subject - one joke - and this makes it less enlightening than, say, Fahrenheit 9/11. Imagine 1½ hours of documentary on one song or the performance of an actor in one movie. It isn't enough subject matter for a feature documentary. On the plus side, you do get to see "behind the scenes" of the stand-up comedy industry and the stand-up comics who populate it: raw, rough, ready.

If you are easily offended then you should see The Aristocrats, that way everyone else can laugh at you.

Stay through the credits for extra bits.

Security censorship classification

R 18+ (High impact sexual humour and themes, coarse language)

Surveillance time

85 minutes (1:25 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 26 January 2006

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