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fern hill
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posted 06 October 2005 10:50 AM      Profile for fern hill        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
So, I'm reading these threads on porn and I am wondering -- anybody see 'The Aristocrats'? (If there's a thread already, sorry, I looked but didn't see.)

It is one of the most interesting movies I've seen in a long time. It's not porn; it's all talking heads, except for the most incredible mime performance. But it's been called obscene. People walked out when I saw it.

For those who haven't read or heard about it: it takes a famous (or infamous) joke among comedians and gets I don't know how many comedians to tell it and/or talk about it. The thing is that the joke is very simple but lends itself to almost endless elaboration, including nudity, sex, bodily fluids, incest, child abuse, whatever the teller wants to throw in.

The comedians include: George Carlin, Phyllis Diller, Whoopie Goldberg, the editorial staff of the Onion, buncha people whose faces I recognized, but whose names I don't remember.

If you are interested in seeing it, you'll have to go to the theatre or rent it. It will NEVER be shown on telly.

So, is it porn? Would it incite bad behaviour? Who's seen it and what did you think?

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posted 06 October 2005 11:10 AM      Profile for Publius     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've seen it. I don't consider it porn. It was in "poor taste" to be sure, but I don't think in a malicious way. Everyone is in on the joke. PErsonally, I thought it was hilarious. The South Park bit was just great. Anybody seen "Jesus is Magic", the Sarah Silverman movie? I caught it at the film fest in TO. Now, THAT was an offensive flick, but I do admit to laughing my ass off the entire time.
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Tommy Shanks
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posted 07 October 2005 10:40 AM      Profile for Tommy Shanks     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw it when it came out. If you take the various tellings of the joke as being on the level, it's a sick, twisted, and disgusting elaboration of just about every single human perversion. If you simply read the transcript you would be really appalled.

However, what made it funny for me was the obvious relish with which many of the comics told it. It was like they were freed from their regular characters and conventions and could just spout whatever idea or image came to mind. Some were incredibly funny, not necessarily for what they were saying but how they were saying it, like George Carlin and Bob Sagat (who was just as far removed from his TV persona as could be), and many others.

The best, to me, was Gilbert Gottfried, who spat it out like a challenge to his audience, who had booed him for a joke that was in really bad taste. It was almost as if he was saying "you though that was bad, well listen to this".

Vile, disgusting, and really uncalled for. I probably laughed harder then I have at a movie in years.

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fern hill
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posted 07 October 2005 11:34 AM      Profile for fern hill        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Gilbert Gottfried! That's one of the names I couldn't remember. He was amazing. My fave was the guy who told the joke in a Liza Minnelli (sp?) impersonation. No, wait, my fave was the mime. No, Whoopi. Oh heck. . .
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