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The Aristocrats Movie Review

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The funniest joke ever told? Maybe. The dirtiest joke ever told? Probably. And parents, this isn't "The AristoCATS."

The documentary "The Aristocrats" is about a single joke told a million ways. The concept sounds ludicrous as movies rarely if ever can survive on a single joke, but told a million ways by a hundred different comedians, including big names such as Jon Stewart, Robin Williams and Sarah Silverman, "The Aristocrats" manages to pull it off.

The movie succeeds in three different ways - setup, the joke itself and the discussion by several comedians on just how funny the joke is.The first act does an amazingly good job of setting the scene without actually delivering the joke. "Suspense" may not be the right word, but by the end of the first act you are dying to hear the joke. By the end of the second act you've heard the joke told amazingly different ways by a variety of comedians, and if you don't like absolutely disgusting and disturbing jokes, you've probably already ejected the DVD from your player. Of course, it takes a while to get the punch line. For most of the movie I was scratching my head; the joke is funny because it's disgusting, but is it worth making a movie over? And then, at some point during the film it will click, and you'll finally nod your head in understanding.

Thankfully, the movie isn't just interviews with comedians discussing or telling the joke; the most classic scene is a video of Gilbert Gottfried (the Aflac duck among other things) as only weeks after the 9/11 tragedy he is making jokes about the people who died in the towers... in New York. Getting booed and shouted at, he decides to change his approach and tell the Aristocrats joke - and not only does he get the audience cracking up, but other comedians standing by, including Rob Schneider, are literally rolling on the floor laughing.

"The Aristocrats," while nothing more than a funny documentary, is just that... a funny documentary. The joke is hilarious and the range in the way it is told ("some like to emphasize the toilet humor, others tend to focus on the incest") by some of the best known comedians in the world is guaranteed to be entertaining.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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