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The Aristocrats

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I had to go to the cinema before I go home. One of the delicious benefits of being here is seeing films before your European pals. So I went to see The Aristocrats with Mark and his pals this evening.

If you’ve not heard about it, check the site; but a quick synopsis is this: it’s a load of comedians talking about and telling an old joke that begins the same (A man walks into a talent agency..) and ends the same. What happens is the middle is generally utter filth, but always different depending on who’s telling the joke. Comedians featured in the film include a lot of Americans I’ve never heard of and a lot I have heard of (Jason Alexander, Drew Carey, Billy Connolly, Richard Lewis, Trey Parker & Matt Stone, Sarah Silverman, Steven Wright amongst others).

Rather than give you some crummy netboy review, I’ll just let you know which boxes I would’ve ticked on this questionnaire I was handed as I entered the cinema had I been bothered to fill it in.

How would you rate the movie?
[ ] Excellent
[x] Very Good
[ ] Good
[ ] Fair
[ ] Poor

Would you recommend the movie to a friend?
[x] Definitely
[ ] Probably
[ ] Probably Not
[ ] Definitely Not

How did the movie measure up to your expectations?
[ ] Better than expected
[x] About what I expected
[ ] Not as good as expected

Would you pay to see this movie again in a theater?
[x] Yes
[ ] No

Which of the following words or phrases best describe the movie you just saw? (check as many as apply)
[x] Funny/humorous
[ ] Good/interesting story
[x] Offensive
[ ] Weak story/no plot
[x] Lived up to the hype
[x] Silly, in a good way
[x] Interesting characters
[ ] Not funny enough
[ ] Nothing new/it’s been done before
[ ] Didn’t feel involved in the story
[ ] Has a good story
[x] Clever/witty
[ ] Confusing
[ ] Good music
[x] Different/original
[ ] Not my type of film
[ ] Too slow in spots
[ ] Too corny
[ ] Involving/draws you in
[x] Entertaining/fun to watch
[ ] Good mix of comedy and story
[x] Held my interest from start to finish
[ ] Too unrealistic
[ ] Too juvenile/silly/stupid

Please note, any spelling above that is, y’know, Yankee-style English, is used because I’m quoting the questionnaire, not because I’ve defected, homeboy.

It was a funny film. BUT it wasn’t as funny the woman in a restaurant (and I use that word fairly loosely) I saw as we ate before we went to the kino. She was maybe late fifties, beige hair piled up in a sort of wind tunnel style, that matt skin texture produced when you wear too much foundation (how do I know this?), and Bono-style shades. She spent a while picking at her teeth, and ordered a milkshake. Then she just sat there for a good ten minutes, not touching the shake, not really doing anything; she’d pressed pause on her life’s remote control. Then all of a sudden, she picked up the shake and wolfed it down in one go. Maybe you had to be there, but trust me, it was funny.

Written by Craig

August 3rd, 2005 at 11:00 pm

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  1. She sounds like the kind of woman who would make the recipes on the back of the Oreo cookies boxes – they are very beige and bizarre too. Think of some of Fanny Craddock’s more sublime creations!


    4 Aug 05 at 14:11

  2. I gotta do an animation of her when I get home. She’s perfect for it.


    4 Aug 05 at 15:47

  3. Fanny Craddock or Beige Lady?


    4 Aug 05 at 16:37

  4. Beige lady. From the short time I was in the same room as her, she brings LOTS of ideas flooding!


    4 Aug 05 at 16:51

  5. I bet it is some sort of ritual…deeply rooted in childhood trauma or memories…or some strange angel/devil internal conversation had taken over her for those ten minutes of pause.

    Great story.


    4 Aug 05 at 21:24

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