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Posted at 5:30 PM ET, 08/ 8/2005

Most Obscene Movie Ever?

By Jen Chaney

How offensive is the much buzzed-about movie "The Aristocrats"?

Well, that depends.

Do you get offended by episodes of "Seventh Heaven"? Does "South Park" make you feel nauseous? Do you feel compelled to take a seven-hour shower after seeing any John Waters production, including the Broadway musical version of "Hairspray"?

If the answer to any of those questions is yes, definitely skip "The Aristocrats."

On the other hand, if your typical reaction to most Hollywood comedies is: "That was funny, but it would have been funnier if it had consisted of nothing but references to unspeakable sex acts, disturbing bodily functions and incest," then "The Aristocrats" is your must-see film of the year. It makes "Wedding Crashers" look like "Jonah: A Veggietales Movie."

Here's the catch: The vulgarity is purely verbal. "The Aristocrats" consists of nothing but top-notch comedians each telling his or her version of an often-improvised burlesque joke. Many moments are pure comic genius. Others grow tedious rather quickly. But one thing is for certain: You'll never see Bob Saget the same way again after watching this flick. (To get a sneak peek, check out the brilliantly edited trailer here.)

After the movie ends, you and your tasteless friends can prolong the fun by discussing which notable comics weren't in the movie but should have been. (My top three votes: Ricky Gervais, Dave Chappelle and Wanda Sykes.) Or you can try telling your own versions of "The Aristocrats." Please, just refrain from quoting the film outside of the theater where "March of the Penguins" is playing.

-- Jen

By Jen Chaney  | August 8, 2005; 5:30 PM ET
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Posted by: Snipes | August 9, 2005 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Saw The Aristocrats during the SilverDocs documentary festival in Silver Spring earlier this summer. The director took questions afterward for more than an one wanted it to end! For those who see the movie and walk out wondering why not a lot of African-American comedians were included in the film, watch & listen carefully - seems the old school comics on the "colored" circuit in the 50's and 60's didn't have to edit themselves on stage as much as the mainstream comics did, so the joke didn't carry through the generations to comics like Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Wanda Sykes. Whoppi, Bob Saget and George Carlin are priceless though!

Posted by: I'm a Fan! | August 11, 2005 11:58 AM | Report abuse

You can contribute to an online version of the joke here:

Posted by: Scott | August 16, 2005 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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