Movie Review *1/2
Aristocratic Vulgarity Worth Missing
By Kathy Lin
Directed by Paul Provenza
Created by Penn Jilette and Paul Provenza
Starring Chris Albrecht, Hank Azaria, Lewis Black, Drew Carey, George Carlin, Phyllis Diller, Frank DiGiacomo, Carrie Fisher, Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Gorodetsky, Eric Idle, Eddie Izzard, Richard Lewis, Bill Maher, “The Onion” Staff, Trey Parker, Paul Provenza, Penn & Teller, Rita Rudner, T. Sean Shannon, Sarah Silverman, Matt Stone, and many more.
When I left to use the restroom, I wondered if the rest of the primarily male audience thought I was leaving in disgust. But I returned for the rest of the movie, alternately laughing at the vulgarity and cringing at the idea that it would elicit my laughter.
“The Aristocrats” features Hollywood notables delivering and analyzing what co-creater Penn Jilette touts as “the dirtiest joke you will ever hear.” And with the rabid incest, beastiality, child rape, and bodily fluids (and solids), hopefully it is.
The joke admittedly grows on the viewer, and initial feelings of repulsion evolve (or devolve?) into reasonable enjoyment. But beyond a few humorously ridiculous setups and exaggerated simulations, the enjoyment stems primarily from the sheer crudeness of what meets the ears and eyes; the joke — too vulgar to repeat in any form here — isn’t even funny.
“Aristocrats” is, in the end, mostly just a chance for the stars to venture into far riskier territory than has previously hit big screens in wide release, and for us the viewers to gawk at it.
Unless you feel a hankering for extended stories of slipping and sliding in human waste, this one is worth skipping.