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The Full Monty Review

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  • 75

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Originality may be at a premium here, but The Full Monty offers plenty of opportunities for laughter and genial smiles.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The comic moments in this ingratiating bit of malarkey from director Peter Cattaneo and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (both TV trained, both making their feature debuts) are winning.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The director, Peter Cattaneo, takes material that could would be at home in a sex comedy, and gives it gravity because of the desperation of the characters; we glimpse the home life of these men, who have literally been put on the shelf, and we see the wound to their pride.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Such pure, naked joy is utterly contagious.

  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    Takes a premise that seems ripe for broad, vulgar joking and turns it into a sly, even subtle, comedy.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 15+

Who knew male strippers could be so sweet?

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that despite its racy premise (a group of unemployed male steelworkers turn to stripping to make ends meet), this is a surprisingly warm film, very family-friendly for those with older children. Though the frontal male "full monty" of the title never materializes, several scenes feature naked male behinds and there is a shot of a woman urinating into a urinal while exposing her rear end. The film's characters also smoke continually, drink casually and regularly, and they are willing to show their goodies in order to make a buck. One character also makes a suicide attempt, and two of the men fall discreetly in love over the course of the movie.

  • Families can talk about morals and ethics--do they have a price? How does the financial desperation of the characters convince them to do things they are uncomfortable with doing? How does looking at naked bodies in the context of public entertainment affect the way we think about sex and intimacy?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Each of the characters in this movie has tender, sympathetic moments, but some are shown stealing, drinking to excess, and deceiving their spouses.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not an issue

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    Sex: A married couple is shown in a rather chaste clinch; there is sexual intimacy implied between two of the male characters.

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    Language: The movie is loaded with British epithets, some of which (like "poof" or "arse") will fly right over the heads of younger viewers.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters are shown smoking cigarettes and drinking cocktails and beer; some of the action takes place in a bar.