The Full Monty (1997)

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The Full Monty (1997)
  • Time: 131 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Music
  • Director: Peter Cattaneo
  • Cast: Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy

Storyline:

The setting is Sheffield England, once the “City of Steel”, home of a massive steel industry and jobs aplenty. Today with the industry in decline and the steelworks closed down there is widespread unemployment and despair. Two unemployed friends stumble upon a Chippendales-like show that’s very popular with the local women. Eventually they decide they too would like to give it a go, but they can’t dance and aren’t what most would call good physical specimens. They have their doubts but are determined to give it a shot. On their way they pick up four other unlikely candidates and begin practising for the big night. To drum up interest, they boast they’ll go ‘the full monty’, something they hadn’t planned and aren’t sure they can deliver.

One review

  • One of the best things “The Full Monty” is its perfect balance of drama and comedy. Never does it go beyond drama toward that sappiness which haunts cinema nowadays. However, it also doesn’t try to seem so light-hearted to the point of becoming as shallow as those Hollywood comedies we are so well acquainted with. There is a little sad story about this as well but don’t worry about that. The movie focus on funny characters, not the sad story. It is full of dry and, sometimes, absolutely hilarious humor that never goes over the top, even when you fear that it might. There is even a degree of suspense as we must continuously wonder ‘will they really do it?’. I enjoyed it and recommend it.

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