The Aristocrats
The Aristocrats (2005)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 29, 2005
DVD Release Date: January 24, 2006
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Can a joke stand up to repeated tellings? Hilarious and revealing of the way comedy works, The Aristocrats demonstrates that it's possible.

David Ansen

The first feel-good movie made out of fecal matter.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Within a single joke, The Aristocrats unlocks an entire universe of comedy.

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Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

A joyful film, full of men and women alight with the pleasure that comes from negating every compliment civilization has ever paid itself.

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David Fear
Time Out

This all-star open-mike night loses its luster before its own loud laughter dies down.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

What the film really reveals is the role of the comedian in society and the craftsmanship of joke-writing and joke delivery.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A very funny and entertaining simple documentary

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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture

... The Aristocrats proves that sometimes you don't have to be a great filmmaker to make a great documentary.

Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

Let me reiterate. This movie is really, really dirty.

Cole Smithey

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
Unspeakably foul. But oh-so-hilarious.
Jennifer Xu
Bob Saget is naaaasty. I like how this movie balances the different renditions of the joke to speculations on the joke's significance and ulterior meaning.… More
Lucas Martins
Really funny. A story about a old joke with black humor.
_kelly .King
not just a funny film, but an effective documentary as well, this film explores aspects of not only comedy and the comedian's life, it holds a mirror up to… More
Wahida K
No Nudity No Violence Unspeakable Obscenity, 100 Comedians but one Very Dirty Joke
Cindy I
Glad I saw this. Now I don't have to concern myself with it anymore. A big deal over a dirty joke with unnecessary embellishment. Zzzzzz.