Director(s): Peter Cattaneo
IMDB Rating: 7.2
The setting is Sheffield England, once the City of Steel, home of a massive steel industry and jobs aplenty. Today with the industry in decline and the steelworks closed down there is widespread unemployment and despair. Two unemployed friends stumble upon a Chippendales-like show thats very popular with the local women. Eventually they decide they too would like to give it a go, but they cant dance and arent what most would call good physical specimens. They have their doubts but are determined to give it a shot. On their way they pick up four other unlikely candidates and begin practising for the big night. To drum up interest, they boast theyll go the full monty (a phrase meaning all the way - nude), something they hadnt planned and arent sure they can deliver. Will they ?, wont they ?, can they keep their antics from their families ?, can they stay out of trouble ? can they pull a crowd ?. All will be revealed, well maybe.
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(13 May 2013)
This review is from: The Full Monty (DVD) I suffocate from laughter every time I watch this movie. Get the fully exposed version with the British dialogue for best results! Make the effort to understand the Brit speak because Americans males are just too macho and uptight to let it all hang loose like the Brits.
(13 May 2013)
Characters you care about, a plausibly funny plot, and a film one can relate to and feel good about. The Full Monty also has something that is hardly seen in films of recent past and that is a comraderie among a group of men that is not brought on by a war or a team sporting event, but by another type urgency; unemployment and lack of self esteem. The male bonding does not go as far as hating women, but only the need of respect from women and from people in general. The relationship of Robert Carlye's character and the son is genuine, and the lower middle class English town and it's people are atmosheric and very real.
(04 May 2013)
An excellent movie, The Full Monty, brings to the screen the story of six unemployed men living in an economically depressed region of England, who in an effort to make ends meet decide to put up a male striptease act... Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, Tom Wilkinson and the rest of the cast have truly outdone themselves with their performances, which are outstanding to say the least! All the actors, without exceptions, give it their 100% and it really shows (the chemistry is AMAZING)! Very well written and very well presented, it allows for a highly entertaining movie that can be watched over and over again! The setting, the plot, the dialogues, the HUMOR and the MUSIC are all wonderful!In short, The Full Monty is a movie definitely worth watching and one to seriously consider adding to your movie collection!
(03 May 2013)
It was a good movie but I was hopeing it was more than what was in the movie. the credits was ok on the second disk
thedoctor98 (28 April 2013)
A blatant rip-off of a successful New Zealand play that toured Britain inthe early 1990s. Some of the scenes are almost identical, although thescreenplay writer of The Full Monty substitutes some bland dialogue wherethe original had some very witty lines.This film certainly has its moments, but not nearly enough to make it anenjoyable watch on a rainy Sunday night.
(28 April 2013)
This movie was wonderful! Granted, I couldn't understand all of the Northern England slang during the first viewing, but I saw the chemistry and laughed like crazy. Once you watch it a few more times, if you're an American I guess, you can dig deeper and start understanding some of the other wry lines and laugh all over again. I can't see how someone wouldn't like this marvelous flick! Those Brits sure know how to make me laugh! :)P.S. I didn't find much difference between the "Americanized" vs. "British Release" on the DVD, so if that's your only reason for getting the DVD, skip it. However, I think the sound and picture quality on the DVD is excellent! The cool music sounds pretty good on DVD with a surround sound system!
(23 April 2013)
If you haven't seen the full Monty then you are missing out on a truly enjoyable experience!! I can't believe I'm admitting this but I have seen this movie 34 times. And it has made me laugh non-stop with each new viewing !! I'm even considering the start of a Full Monty fan club. I bet it wouldn't be hard to find members!! My heart sank when it didn't win best picture!! Also, the soundtrack to the movie is just as great. I play it loud and do my own full monty!!!!!
maxipetal (23 April 2013)
The Full Monty was something of a letdown for me. As someone who isnativeto Sheffield (and is also an ex Steelworker who suffered redundancy) I wasexpecting something funnier. After classic kitchen sinkers such as "Kes",Iwas really looking forward to this film, but most of the humour left mecold. Perhaps the humour was a little close to home for me. One thing Ican't understand is why the Americans love it so much. God knows whattheymade of Sheffielder's in general
MBHenderson00 (22 April 2013)
When The Full Monty was released in 1997, it didn't make the multiplexcinemas until after the Oscar nod. A friend and I drove to an "arthouse" theater to see it. My friend, not normally given to undignifiedbehavior, was literally falling out of her seat and snorting withlaughter. Recently, I saw her again after almost a year of absence, andover dinner she said, "I can't stand in the line at the bank withoutthinking about The Full Monty and 'Hot Stuff'." That's how much stayingpower the film has.Not to get too analytical (a requirement for an English major), I lovedthe mixture of metaphor, irony, and pathos. The metaphor or symbolismof the men's emasculation by their unemployment (and the women seemingto have jobs and money) being reversed by literally revealing theirmanhood is unmistakable. More importantly, they regain their self worthby thinking of, organizing, rehearsing, and finally performing theirown work. They are willing to do whatever it takes. They CAN besuccessful on their own.The irony of the men having to deal with the double standard of beingjudged solely on looks, especially after Gaz and Dave "rate" a coupleof women they pass on the street, is delectable to any woman in theviewing audience. Wrinkle cream, cling film, sun beds, sexual"enhancement" devices...the men turn to them all, just as women haveforever, and with about the same result.The pathos revolving around Gaz's love for his son, Nathan, and hisdespair at the threat of losing him made my eyes well up, especially inthe scene when Nathan wants Gaz to go swimming with his mother and hersmarmy boyfriend. Robert Carlyle's barely withheld tears shouldresonate with divorced parents. Based on that one scene alone, Carlyleshould have won an award. Of course, Dave's crisis of confidence bothin and out of the bedroom, as well as Jean's loving attempts to helpher "big man," are also moving moments, especially in the final 20minutes. Lomper's finally making friends and getting some positiveattention in the factory band is also heartwarming. His desire forfriends is so palpable it hurts, and his entire life is changed by thekindness of a bunch of scruffy blokes who, in another time, probablywould have either been oblivious to him or among the men snickeringbehind his back. He even gets a love life, also ironic, for reasons Iwon't go into here.Some men of my acquaintance announced that the movie was the mostdepressing thing they had ever seen. I, naturally, had to show them theerror of their ways. All they saw were a group of losers forced tohumiliate themselves to make money. Some people are so LITERAL. Ifthat's all you saw, please watch again and look for the upliftingthemes that are partly the reasons for the movie's success.I can watch this film over and over and always enjoy it. I revisit the"gang" like old friends and I'm sorry when the credits roll and theyare gone until the next time. Each character is so richly drawn thatthey become real people, not props or scenery with lines. Like a childwatching The Wizard of Oz and wishing Oz really existed, I watch TheFull Monty and wish that I, too, could have been in that night clubaudience!
Wilbur-10 (21 April 2013)
Astonishingly successful British picture that seems to be little more than aTV drama dragged out to 90 minutes for a cinema release.Film tries to be a realistic look at life for working class middle-aged menin a run-down city ( Sheffield in this case ) who show their Dunkirk spiritin fighting back against the system.Humour is mixed with poignancy but the two never quite gel - laughs aresurprisingly few despite the storyline of unemployed men forming a stripgroup to earn money and regain their pride and manhood. The social commentaspects also disappoint being too contrived and forced, merely leaving theaudience flat. The characters are all stereotypes and none of them arefleshed out enough for us to care for them. Robert Carlyle fresh from hissuccess in 'Trainspotting', is the main character, a father whose wife hasleft him for a new man. He needs money to keep joint custody of his son -touching, but the son is miscast as a well spoken, well-groomed, intelligent12 year old.'The Full Monty' is a pleasant 1-dimensional film which flows along quitenicely. It falls uncomfortably between two stools though, not funny enoughto work as an out and out comedy and not gritty enough to work as a socialdrama. Ken Loach's 'Raining Stones' has much harder hitting realism and isfunnier in the process.Whatever is said, the film clearly struck a chord with the public, but,unlike 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' which was also average but had appealwhich was clear to see, it is difficult to know what 'The Full Monty' had tomerit its success. Pleasant but lame.BEST SCENE( by a mile ) - the guys going through their dance motions in thedole queue.
club78 (21 April 2013)
I saw this movie when it first came out on tape and I must say it was thebiggest rip-off I have ever seen in my life. I wish I could get that oneand a half hours of my life back, or however long it was. I didn't careabout any of the characters, I didn't laugh and I was not entertained. iremember seeing it with a group of fairly "easy" movie-goers, people wholike everything. AND THEY HATED IT, TOO. Here is my single biggestproblemwith this movie: it was a one trick pony. The movie had one laugh, theguys stripping, and when that happens the rest is purely situational.
(20 April 2013)
This review is from: The Full Monty - Fully Exposed Edition (DVD) This movie had me laughing from beginning to end. Although the subject of unemployment is no laughing matter, these gentlemen have a plan. And what a plan it is! It really becomes a comedy as we watch the clumsy attempts to dance and strip. The characters' backgrounds, truth stretching, and awkwardness is also charming as well as funny to watch. I have to admit to watching it twice because of the British accents and expressions. The best part is watching the reactions of the guys, and then the ladies. It's a romp to be enjoyed. Although I'm not so sure it's a collectible. Maybe a rental? See it if you want a good laugh watching desperate people do funny things.
(16 April 2013)
This review is from: The Full Monty - Fully Exposed Edition (DVD) This is a very funny movie. Most enjoyable. It's a laugh a minute.
david-sarkies (16 April 2013)
The thing that stands out about this movie is that it seemed to havebrought a new phrase into the English language, and that is "going thefull monty." Generally it means to take off all of your clothes, but inanother way it simply means going all of the way. One thing is true,not many movies can claim to have had an impact on the Englishlanguage, but this one has.Now, the concept of a movie about male strippers doesn't really appealto me. One would expect it to be rated R, but it is not. The ratingssay that it contains nudity, but for an M rating all you can expect tosee is bare bums, and yes that is what you do see. The Full Monty isactually about much more than simple male strippers: it is about selfpride, image, unemployment, and simple trust. It is a movie with a lotof depth but is also quite funny.The Full Monty is set in the city of Sheffield in Yorkshire, England.The movie opens with an expose on Sheffield being a boom town with thesteel industry, but 25 years later the steel mill has closed down andthe city is suffering from high unemployment. This seems to be a commonidea that runs through English television Â the bleakness of life andthe hopelessness of unemployment. I remember before the last Englishelection when the Conservative Party lost to the Labour Party, thatthey interviewed people in some of the English towns where unemploymentwas very high, and the people had simply lost hope. So has it happenedin this movie: people have lost hope to the point where they no longerwish to live.But there is hope on the horizon: Gaz and Dave, the main characters,sneak into a female only strip show and realise that these guys aregetting paid ten pounds a head to simply take off their cloths. Thisgives Gaz an idea: he has much more than these guys, and he is willingto go the Full Monty, so why not get involved. So he and Dave get somepeople together to become male strippers with them.I expected the movie to be about them going on the nightclub circuit,becoming really famous, and then loosing everything: but it is not thecase. Rather it is about the relationships between the people and thework the do to get to the strip show at the end. It is about theirpride and overcoming it to humiliate themselves in front of a lot ofladies. It is also about how they try to hide this from everybody tosave themselves the embarrassment.It seems that hiding things from people is another aspect of thismovie. Dave hides the fact that he is becoming a male stripper from hiswife, thinking that she is going to deride him because he is overweight. The truth is, she really doesn't care. She don't care if he isoverweight: she loves him the way he is and she doesn't care if he goesthe full monty.Then there is Dave and Gaz's former foreman. He has been unemployed forsix months, yet he is ashamed of it and keeps this from his wife. Assuch she continues to go obliviously spending as if he were stillworking. She still has her dreams of going skiing. In the end, when shefinds out, her quote is "I can handle the television being reposed, butwhat I cannot stand is that you kept this from me." This relationshipis one on assumptions. The partners assume to much about each other anddiscover that in the end they really don't know that much about eachother at all.The shame of stripping against the shame of being unemployed is whatreally runs through this movie. There is the bleakness of Job Club andthe dole queue, lightened up by the strippers starting to dance to asong playing over the radio. Then there is the shame that they facewhen they are caught practicing in an abandoned factory. Not only dothey face a mocking police force, but also the story hits the frontpage, and everybody knows. But then, they discovered that thisnewspaper article is the best advertising they could have got.The Full Monty is much better that I originally expected. It is notsimply a movie about male strippers, but about the characters that theyare and the struggles that they face trying to find a niche in society.Rather than being a movie that one compromises on when trying to findone at a video store, it should be one that is on the too see list.
(04 April 2013)
What a fun way to use up an evening. It is not a deep movie, it will not give you insight into British politics or humanity itself, just lots of good laughs. We watch as 6 unemployed Yorkshire bloks work up the courage and, dare I say, the talent, to go the Full Monty after the Chppendale Dancers swagger their goods through town. Seeing this as an easy way to fatten their wallets we go through the emotions of these every day guys trying to just make it in the world when they lose their jobs, their furniture and lives when the Steel Mill they work in closes.It is great to watchthe relationships in this movie. That between Mark Addy's character and his wife that he thinks is cheating on him, because he sees himself as to fat. Addy and Robert Carlyle as friends is fun and funny. The greatest relationship to watch is between Carlyle and the kid who plays his son Nate. All this stripping hulabaloo started as a way for Carlyle (Gaz) to repay his back child support so he can continue to see his son whom he loves very much, though he may not always be the best role model. The kid is in on some of the casting calls and helps with the music. All the characters are a shear riot to watch.I highly recommend this film. It has a broad range to reach more than just those who enjoy British films, it is not that stuffy! great listening to and trying to decipher the dialect while keeping up witht he movie.
mattymatt4ever (04 April 2013)
Like some other films from the UK I've watched in the past, I didn't thinktoo much of it when I first viewed it, but after a couple more viewings Istart to generate more of an appreciation for the film. I just recentlybought the DVD, since it was only $9.99 at Target. I guess I wanted alittle diversity, since I have nothing but American movies in my collection. Watching it for the third time, I sat through the whole movie smiling. Istill don't think it deserved an Oscar nomination, but let's face it--thereare many other films that got nominated (and some that won) for an Oscarthat deserved to a lot less. The point is it's a funny movie with fineacting, which at the same time manages to be endearing and warm-hearted. Sure, these characters swear like sailors and don't exude a conventionalsweetness. Yet we fall in love with them. They're just a group ofworking-class lads struggling to put money in the bank. And I think that'sthe glue that kept this film together--we love these characters. This isnot a filthy, mean-spirited comedy--and with a premise like this itcertainly could've been tempted into that route. At first, I felt the writer and director weren't using the premise to itsfull advantage. When I first heard about this movie, I thought the premisewas brilliant: a group of unattractive guys who decide to become strippers. Sounds hilarious! Well, to my surprise the whole wasn't about their dreamsto become male strippers. And now that I think of it, it worked better thatway. In comedy, you have to be careful not to fall too much in love withthe premise, because then it'll become a one-joke comedy and it'll fall topieces. This is not a one-joke comedy. The stripper thing merely sets upthe film. The story deals more with the friendship between thesecharacters. And there are some great moments of truth, including onetouching scene where Mark Addy indirectly tells his wife that he's too fatand ugly to be a stripper, but she completely denies the idea. The scene isnot schmaltzy or melodramatic. It seems very real and endearing. Thoughthese characters may not be as handsome or buff as the Chippendales dancers,they're not reduced to ugly caricatures. We do laugh when Tom Wilkinsonsays that great line, "You're too fat, you're too skinny and you're bothf**kin' ugly," but we're laughing with them, rather than at them. In mostof the comedies you see nowadays, characters like that wouldn't be treatedso sympathetically. "The Full Monty" is a bright, funny, intelligent, tasteful comedy that willmost likely keep a smile on your face. I definitely recommend it. My score: 7 (out of 10)
(25 March 2013)
This review is from: The Full Monty (DVD) I was looking for this for a while and the DVD arrived perfect and ahead of schedule.
(24 March 2013)
This review is from: The Full Monty - Fully Exposed Edition (DVD) The ONLY bad thing I can say about this movie is that some of the "English" is so muddled that it is hard to understand at times. Other than that, it is one of the best piceses of writing and acting to EVER come out of Great Britain!
(23 March 2013)
This review is from: The Full Monty - Fully Exposed Edition (DVD) You know you can't wait for TV just to happen to show your favorites. Buy this now and enjoy it whenever
(23 March 2013)
I first saw "The Full Monty" at the home of a friend in Scotland. I, apparently alone on the planet, had never heard of this wildly popular flick, and really wasn't all that interested in watching it.Three years later, "The Full Monty" has become one of my treasured favorites, a guaranteed feel-good experience even after multiple (too many to count) viewings.Everybody knows the plot by now--down-and-out laid-off Yorkshire blue-collar workers who turn to strip-dancing to make a quick buck. It's not the plot that's so wonderful, although it certainly is a wonderful premise, but the sheer exuberant charm of the movie itself. Much like "A Hard Day's Night" was in ths 60s, this is just a bunch of silliness that works. From the incredibly nostalgic soundtrack to the bleak but somehow beautiful cinematography to the superb acting (Robert Carlyle is at his best here) to the understated British humor, this movie is simply a gem."The Full Monty" debuts soon on Broadway, and I shudder to think how the sheer simplicity of this film will fare on the Great White Way as a play. All the more reason, I say, to purchase and treasure this movie. If you haven't seen it, or you have forgotten how wonderful it is, do yourself a favor and get the tape. This one's a keeper
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