Wednesday, 4 July 2012

The Full Monty (1997)

Starring Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson and Paul Addy this smash hit UK comedy from 1997 sees 6 out of work men from Sheffield, they see the chance to make some money by forming a male stripper act and performing at the local working man's club. It follows them through their lives as Gaz played by Robert Carlyle fights to keep seeing his son, Dave played by Mark Addy wrestles with his weight and the fact that he does not think his wife finds him attractive. Gerald played by Tom Wilkinson tries to hide the fact that he is not working from his wife and Lomper and Guy played by Steve Huison and Hugo Speer find love trying to make some money.

This film was massive in the 90's probably being the biggest UK film of the decade as it hit all the right notes, the cast are fantastic and hit the right tone with the comedy none of it is malicious and some of it is played perfectly and you believe everything they say and do. The setting is bleak and their desperation is so great that they understand and know they need to fulfil what they set out just to get the money to survive. I love this film, the comedy is hilarious from the well known scene in the Job centre to the finale where they go the Full Monty.

This film is a classic of it's time and is well worth seeing and I think that everybody should give it a go, you have a few swear words but considering it is a film about stripping there is nothing untoward about this film. I give this a solid 4 stars and think that if you have not seen it and you understand the northern sense of humour then it is well worth a watch.

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