The Full Monty

Synopsis: Six unemployed men inspired by a touring group of male strippers, decide they can make a small fortune by putting on a striptease show of their own – but with one small difference. They intend to go the “full monty” and strip completely naked! In this hilarious, heartfelt comedy, these men discover the inner strength to bare it all in front of the world. Features the music of Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate, Gary Glitter, Sister Sledge and Tom Jones.
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The Full Monty 6.75

Now here’s a movie that has disappointed me. Twice. sad0038 Free Sad Emoticons

When I first saw ‘The Full Monty’, many, many years ago, I kept hearing tremendous things about it; it was supposed to be the comedy sensation of the year. In fact, it was so bloody popular that it ended up grossing something like 200 million dollars on a 5 million dollar budget. shock

…and yet you don’t even get to see the full monty. winking0002 Free Emoticons   Winking

So I decided to give it a chance, even though the idea of watching a bunch of middle-aged men try their hand at stripping really wasn’t very high on my list of things to do. I figured that, with so much acclaim, and since the friends who recommended it had good taste, I could hardly go wrong. happy0024 Free Emoticons   Happy

What I discovered was a film littered with Hallmark sentimentality, déjà vu situations, and contrived drama. There was nothing in it that I hadn’t seen many times before, aside from the fact that it revolved around the bonding of male strippers (instead of a sports team, say indifferent0004 Free Emoticons   Indifferent) and that it was set in England.

Furthermore, it had a number of sequences that defied credibility, such as their arrest in a derelict and abandoned building (which, for some reason had active security cameras monitoring inside it confused) or the fact that they kept practising one particular number and ended up doing an entirely different one for their live show. And that’s just the tip of it.

…the iceberg, I mean. winking0002 Free Emoticons   Winking

So, all in all, I got the sense that the writer was no sharpshooter. On the flip-side, the soundtrack is actually pretty decent. Since many of the tracks were meant for stripping to, they often had an amusing vibe to them. And I was very surprised to discover that Gary Glitter’s song “Rock & Roll, pt. 2” is the basis for The Timelords’ song “Doctorin’ the Tardis”. Fascinating. happy0027 Free Emoticons   Happy

But, beyond that, I was mostly disinterested by anything that happened on-screen during this motion picture. Fine, many find this film hilarious and vastly entertaining. I don’t. And I don’t mind being the odd man out on this one. to be perfectly frank, I couldn’t care less if don’t ever see ‘The Full Monty’ again. indifferent0004 Free Emoticons   Indifferent

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