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Rated NR · 86 minutes · 2005

Whatever you have heard about The Aristocrats does not do it justice. It's not, as has often been written, a movie in which 100 comics tell the same joke 100 different ways. Nor is it "a work of painstaking and penetrating scholarship," as A.O. Scott wrote in The New York Times. Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza's doc, about a single dirty joke, is far more joyous than that -- a celebration of the naughty joke and the courage it takes to tell one in the post-Nipplegate era. George Carlin and satirist Paul Krassner, acting as the movie's sage voices of wisdom, claim the simple telling of the joke serves as a political act, assuming the language is foul enough. Blessedly, no one delivers it the same way: Some comics tell it clean, one does it with an Amish twist, a mime performs it in silence, a magician tells it using a deck of cards, and Eric Cartman recounts it to his South Park pals with a September 11 twist.
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Director: Paul Provenza
Producer: Peter Golden
Cast: George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Izzard, Don Rickles, Chris Rock, Dick Smothers, Tom Smothers, Teller, Chris Albrecht and Drew Carey


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