The Aristocrats

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Can a joke stand up to repeated tellings? Hilarious and revealing of the way comedy works, The Aristocrats demonstrates that it's possible.



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Comedy veterans and co-creators Penn Jillette 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 Cary to Gilbert Gottfried, Bob Saget, Paul Reiser and Sarah Silverman -- to reminisce, analyze, deconstruct and deliver their own versions of world's dirtiest joke, an old burlesque, too extreme to be performed in public, called 'The Aristocrats.'


Critic Reviews for The Aristocrats

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (44)

The first feel-good movie made out of fecal matter.

Nov 1, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This all-star open-mike night loses its luster before its own loud laughter dies down.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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With a showman's respect for the power of the build-up, Provenza touts his product thoroughly before unveiling it.

Jan 27, 2006 | Full Review…

... The Aristocrats proves that sometimes you don't have to be a great filmmaker to make a great documentary.

Dec 9, 2005

Within a single joke, The Aristocrats unlocks an entire universe of comedy.

Sep 26, 2005 | Full Review…
AV Club
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What the film really reveals is the role of the comedian in society and the craftsmanship of joke-writing and joke delivery.

Sep 2, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Aristocrats


Unspeakably foul. But oh-so-hilarious.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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Really funny. A story about a old joke with black humor.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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No Nudity No Violence Unspeakable Obscenity, 100 Comedians but one Very Dirty Joke

Wahida K
Wahida K

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Bob Saget is naaaasty. I like how this movie balances the different renditions of the joke to speculations on the joke's significance and ulterior meaning. The Aristocrats never gets old.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

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