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The Aristocrats

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The Aristocrats
{XL A.S. Directed by Paul Provenza. Starring 100 comedians}

The entire film deals with various comedians relating their own similar versions of a ribald joke involving scat, incest, urolagnia, bestiality, and sexual mutilation, obviously intended to be as shocking as can be, for entertainment purposes, and not necessarily advocating such activity; although it is questionable with a couple of these comedians, especially Bob Saget.

Anyhow, 'the joke' has been circling in the background with comedians for years, seeing who can out-shock the other, in a "gross-out contest"-type of dynamic, that is all. Although given the times, it could foressably be updated to include a more relevent punchline for maximum effect; however, the motion contributed by Drew Carey actually carries some weight, and without this crucial gesticulation, the other comedians' deliveries fall rather flat.

'The joke' depends upon a stark contrast of terminology and scenario between the story and punchline, whose roles can actually be reversed as well. It depends upon extreme bad taste, and is ultimately peurile in its purported 'sophomoric' comedy.

Interesting to note, is that the music industry has been doing this for years to gain notoriety, particularly in the 'Heavy & Death' Metal genre - that is, being as shocking as possible both to gain attention as well as perhaps shatter cherished taboos. Howard Stern has also been doing this type of schtick, to great results for him.

The herd love crass humor, considering the popularity of trashy icons pervasive nowadays, being that the majority of them remain in a grade school mentality, largely conducting themselves with embarassing immaturity, though justified with mutual acceptance; and thus, the success of "hack" comedy.

As to the title of the film, also noted is the herd's penchant to ridicule the wealthy, the intelligent, and the eccentric, which is obviously a reaction to their own feelings of inferiority, fear, and resentment since their peasant origins, which is altogether amusing to those who have these qualities, as well as lends a perspective of stratification. The very fact that this 'joke' exists is testament to that stratification.

The film can be amusing for its base descriptions, as in "how low can you go...", and largely depends upon the imagination of the individual comedian, as well as its delivery, most evident with Gilbert Gottfried's performance and Bob Saget's elaborations. It is asserted that much can be divulged about a person's character by the type of entertainment enjoyed, as well as the types of icons they are attracted towards.

Tags: film review, spechtreum

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