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The Full Monty Goes All the Way

Updated on November 3, 2012
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The Full Monty (1997)

Dir. Peter Cattaneo

Starring. Robert Carlysle, Mark Addy and Tom Wilkinson

Rated R

The Full Monty is one of those movies you either get or don’t get. Two of my siblings don’t like it, don’t think it’s funny and don’t get the point. My other sibling does. Perhaps the reason two of my siblings don’t enjoy it is because I may have built the film up too much. I’ll try not to do that here.

The basic plot of the film is six unemployed steel workers in Sheffield, England need a way to make some quick money. After seeing an advertisement for a Chippendales show and seeing the women flock to the show and hand out gobs of money, Gaz (Robert Carlysle: Trainspotting, 24:Redemption) decides to make money as a male stripper to help make up the child support payments he’s behind on. Enlisting the help of his best friend, Dave (Mark Addy: Hot Fuzz, Sean of the Dead) and his former foreman (Tom Wilkison: That older British Guy that everyone always says they ‘love’ but can never remember his name or other movies he’s been in), they hold open try outs for local male dancers. Eventually Gaz reveals (pardon the pun) that he intends for his dance troupe to go the full monty: Complete nudity!

Now, I would not normally want to watch a film about male strippers since I am not attracted to men and don’t want to see their bums or junk in my face, but there’s something charming about the Full Monty. More of a dramedy then a pure comedy, it has many moments of tenderness (Gaz with his son, Nathe, Dave with his wife, Jean) and I find myself rooting for the characters in the film.

I don't want to spoil the review with too much specificity, but the scene where the dancers are in line at the unemployment office and begin dancing to Hot Stuff by Donna Summer is one of the funniest scenes in modern film, due to the subtle and unassuming way that the scene transpires.

Being a British film, and me being an American, the slang of the film is amusing to me, though not fit for print on this site. It’s got the subtle comedy of many British films, but also the tender drama of classic cinema. The subject matter is handled with more grace and dignity then one would expect and the only crassness comes from the language the characters use, not from the subject matter.

The film has since been rewritten as a stage musical.

I have no complaints about this film but recommend you watch it with subtitles, as the characters have very strong cockney accents that are hard to understand sometimes.

9.5/10 stars

Thanks for Reading.

PDXKaraokeGuy, also known as Justin W. Price, is the managing editor at eFiction horror. Husband to Andrea, father to two dogs. writer.poet.baseball fan. tattooed. He is am amateur theologian with a rabid sweet tooth. He resides in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.He has a poetry book available for Amazon Kindle, and also maintains a blog, FirstBlog. His work has been featured in the Crisis Chronicles, efiction Magazine, The Hellroaring Review, the Bellwether Review, eFiction Humor, and the Rusty Nail. Please visit his profile page for more information. Thanks!

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      Justin W Price 2 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      THANKS FOR THE COMMENT AND FOR THE KNOWLEDGE. great MOVIE. BRILLIANT AND SUBTLE.

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      babyface 3 years ago

      Good review of a good film. You entice the viewer without giving away too much. I've seen some reviews that slate the film for not being funny enough, that the humour was too subtle. You seem to have picked up that the humour is supposed to be situational, not obvious humour with laughter soundtracks thrown over the top.

      One point though for you, and this is not your fault, but the accents are not Cockney (that's an accent from the East end of London). Instead the accents are Yorkshire. But you weren't to know that : ) You've made me want to watch it again. Haven't seen it in years!

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Skeety! Come back and let me know how you like it!

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks DZY. This is a movie I try to watch at least once a year.

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Till. I always wonder if films like Full Monty are as funny to speakers of the native language... does the humor translate? British humor is so specific and distinct, after all.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

      I loved British films but I have never seen this film. I will certainly watch it now after reading this hub. Great job!

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      I saw this film years ago, and it was truly hilarious. "Dramedy" is a good coined word for the genre of this film.

      Great review; voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I thought the film was hilarious and your review spot on. You wrote just enough to peak people's interest but you didn't give away the farm. The British sense of humor is definitely one to be apprciated.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Minnetonka. I'd like to think I have good taste. I hope you enjoyed my review!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Vinaya, let me know how you like it!

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      You have great taste in movies. This one really cracked me up but like you said, it has tender moments as well. I saw the movie and found it really refreshing in comparison with some of the crummy ones coming out these days.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Your review has sparked an interest. I will definitely watch this.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Nell, that dance scene is one of my favorites int he movie. it's so subtle and funny. makes me giggle like a girl every time.

      Suunshine, that film has so many good dance scenes. it's hard to pick out s fave, but, I do like that they're having trouble with the dance steps until they are told it's a soccer move. I don't get it. I ate soccer, but that makes the film even more British.

      Cat, I didn't discover this film until it had been out for a long time. i bet it would have been a riot to see in the theatres, though.

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      catspirit 5 years ago

      I saw it in the theatre twice and both times it got a standing ovation! Brilliant!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Superb movie!! The dance scene is a riot!! I appreciate british humor and this hub! WTG PDX!:)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, I love this film! I laughed so much, it was hilarious! I can remember standing in a queue in a shop and I felt like I wanted to do that little dance that they did in the Dole office! lol

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Steve, I loved trainspotting, both the film and the book, though I had to read the book out loud to understand it. Guy Ritchie is great as well, but I have a special fondness for the Full Monty

      Flora, I'll bet that soundtrack is awesome. I love the music within the film.

      Thank you both for reading and commenting!

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      I have the movie soundtrack. I wuite enjoyed the film. It made Tom Wilkenson a sought after actor. Now he is well know around the world, though I knew him from British television. We get a lot of it in Canada. In particular, I knew him from a Roderick Allyen mystery entitles Scales of Justice. Canada does not get re-dubbed British films. although I've never been to England, I am so used to British mysteries I have no trouble understanding the British accent (regarding Steve's comment).

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      Steve Lensman 5 years ago from London, England

      Not a film I'd buy but I have watched it on TV a couple of times. From a Brit's perspective I prefer Danny Boyle's and Guy Ritchie's films from that time period.

      I can imagine the various accents being sometimes difficult to understand for non-Brits, Trainspotting had to be redubbed for the US. :)

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I'm just wondering who wouldn't wanna see it. LOL

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I loved this movie and have watched it twice

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Shucks, I wish i had seen it. Everyone seems to love it. Perhaps i can rent the movie? Thank's...

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      This was great fun! I so thoroughly enjoy British films. When they are good they are excellent. And doesn't it make sense - you are out of a job - why not strip. I wish more American men thought this way.

      Because you can appreciate this wild but not buffoonish Brit humor you may enjoy the popular comedy series called "Peep Show" - you can find it on hulu.com - whew! We copy lots of British comedy shows but 99percent of this would have to be deleted. Yes, here too the accents can be strong.

      Great hub - rated up!

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      jenubouka 5 years ago

      When I need a different kind of funny I always watch a brit film, their take on comedy is refreshing, like this film. Hot Fuzz is another favorite.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      dmc, portugese and andrea, thanks for stopping by. I hope I paid tribute to a movie you obviously enjoy :-)

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      Andrea333 5 years ago

      This movie gives me goose bumps!

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      a portuguese love 5 years ago from Figueira da Foz Portugal

      This movie is so great!

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      Danielle McGaw 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      I have loved this movie for years! It is one of my favorite feel good movies!

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