The Full Monty (1997)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Buddy Film, Dance Film, Ensemble Film  |   Release Date - Aug 13, 1997 (USA - Limited), Sep 19, 1997 (USA)  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom , United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Brendon Hanley

The Full Monty is a pleasant blend of British working-class comedy and socially conscious drama similar in tone and theme to Raining Stones (1993) or Brassed Off (1996). Thoroughly entertaining, the film also has a deeper message about the economic dilemma between need and self-respect. Though many films have featured protagonists caught between survival and crime, this may be the first film to subject its hero to the choice between survival or stripping. Is the emasculation of poverty worse than the emasculation of revealing it all in a pub? It's a light question, but director Peter Cattaneo and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy generate enough human drama to connect with American as well as English audiences. Robert Carlyle's warm turn as the down-and-out leader of the bunch of low-rent Chippendales was a revelation to audiences who knew him best as the psychopathic Begbie from Trainspotting (1996). The low-budget production was a surprise hit with the American Motion Picture Academy, nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.