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Comedy veterans and co-creators Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza capitalize on their insider status and invite over 100 of their closest friends -- who happen to be some of the biggest names in entertainment, from George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Cary to Gilbert Gottfried, Bob Saget, Paul Reiser and Sarah Silverman -- to reminisce, analyze, deconstruct and deliver their own versions of world's dirtiest joke, an old burlesque, too extreme to be performed in public, called 'The Aristocrats.'
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The first feel-good movie made out of fecal matter."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"Within a single joke, The Aristocrats unlocks an entire universe of comedy."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"A joyful film, full of men and women alight with the pleasure that comes from negating every compliment civilization has ever paid itself."
‑ Thomas Peyser, Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
"Each take on the gag reveals a different facet of comic technique."
‑ Matthew De Abaitua, Film4
"...the brilliant Sarah Silverman transcends the mean-spirited nature of the joke..."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
"This all-star open-mike night loses its luster before its own loud laughter dies down."
‑ David Fear, Time Out
"What the film really reveals is the role of the comedian in society and the craftsmanship of joke-writing and joke delivery."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A very funny and entertaining simple documentary"
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Its very about-itself unimportance is what makes it a liberating experience for its own sake."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"In its simplest form, the joke isn't funny; it's all in the telling, and Provenza proves once again that some people can tell a joke, and some people can't."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"... The Aristocrats proves that sometimes you don't have to be a great filmmaker to make a great documentary."
‑ Ken Tucker, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Let me reiterate. This movie is really, really dirty."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"A plethora of comedians discuss and tell their own inspired rendition of "the dirtiest joke in the world" in a contagiously funny documentary that symptomatically gives context to the lasting influence of vaudeville humor."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A tedious dud that sparks once or twice with big laughs"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"With a showman's respect for the power of the build-up, Provenza touts his product thoroughly before unveiling it."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
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