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The Trailer Park: The Aristocrats

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I remember reading about this a while back, and promptly forgot about it. That being the case, I was not sure what I was about to see when I clicked on the link to view the trailer. And while it is not terribly exciting visually, I am now interested in seeing this movie.

It is an exercise in improv comedy, which is reportedly terribly obscene, but also terribly funny. It also acts as a who’s who of comedy. George Carlin, Drew Carey, Paul Reiser, Bob Saget, Whoopi Goldberg, Eric Idle, Lewis Black, Jason Alexander, Andy Dick, Phyllis Diller, and more appear, lending their talents to a film with the tag line “No Nudity, No Violence, Unspeakable Obscenity.” The film is an exercise in the variety of ways to tell the dirtiest joke in the world.

This is an interesting case, it appears that the AMC theater chain has banned it from being shown at any of it’s theaters. The ultimate reason they give is “narrow appeal,” meaning they don’t think it will sell tickets. This is interesting to me, it is a low budget documentary about telling dirty jokes featuring some of the biggest names in comedy, how could that not be a draw? How many people do you know like dirty jokes? Probably most of them, there is your audience. This seems to be an arbitrary decision, after showing John Water’s nympho-film A Dirty Shame, last year. I know, this is a low budget film that was not destined for a huge release, but what happens to future filmmakers who make edgy films, with this supposed “narrow appeal”? How does one come to this decision? Also interesting is this coming on the heels of their “money back guarantee” for Cinderella Man, see here.

Anyway, this is scheduled to be coming to my local arthouse in August, and I am hoping to get a chance to see it.

You can see the trailer here.

To give you a further taste of the film, here is an animated segment from South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone:
WARNING THIS COULD BE DEEMED OFFENSIVE CLICK AT YOUR OWN RISK
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OK, you asked for it:
http://www.cartmanthearistocrat.com/

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  • http://www.dorksandlosers.com Tan The Man

    Hey, fixed the amazon link… there was no pic for The Aristocrats, so I picked the next thing that Amazon had recommended for me, which was Jon Stewart.

  • http://draven99.blogspot.com Chris Beaumont

    Cool, thanks.

  • http://www.dorksandlosers.com Tan The Man

    I heard some good things about this movie. Too bad the poor selection of first-run movies in my town stinks. Will probably have to rent this on DVD. :o(

  • http://www.breakingwindows.com Matt Paprocki

    AMC has chosen not to show it. From IMDB:

    AMC Theatres, the country’s second-largest theater chain, announced Wednesday that it had chosen not to show the unrated movie The Aristocrats, which features a cast of comedians (among them: George Carlin, Phyllis Diller, Bill Maher, Chris Rock, Bob Saget, and Robin Williams) telling the same classic dirty joke, when it is released on July 29. A spokeswoman for the chain said that whenever it is offered an unrated film, its policy is to send it to corporate offices in Kansas City for approval or rejection. She said that AMC Film Group Chairman Dick Walsh made the decision not to show it. “We’ve made a business decision and evaluated all the factors and we will stick with that decision,” she added. However Jeff Sackman, the president and CEO of ThinkFilm, which is distributing the movie, called AMC’s decision an act of censorship. “The real problem is somebody is deciding on a personal basis what’s appropriate and what isn’t,” Sackman told Reuters.

  • Jason

    All I have to say is fuck AMC and make sure you wear a diaper to this film because you WILL piss your pants. It’s that funny. Thank you.