What You Need To Know:
THE ARISTOCRATS is one of the worst, most despicable movies ever made. Some of the clean parts of the movie are indeed funny, but only individuals of sick minds will find the obscene parts funny, not to mention two brief scenes mocking Jesus Christ and clergymen. Not all of the comics engage in the vulgarity. One of the two main people behind this movie is the comic magician Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller, a strong secular humanist who often publicly attacks Christianity in the most vile manner.
(HHH, PCPCPC, PaPaPa, AbAb, LLL, VVV, SSS, A, D, MMM) Very strong politically correct humanist worldview with very strong pagan elements, including some blasphemous remarks about Jesus and clergymen, plus the song "Nearer My God to Thee" is placed in an obscene context; constant obscene language and material includes at least 211 obscenities (mostly "s" and "f" words but also many slang terms for sexual anatomy), one strong profanity, one light profanity ("for God's sake"), several blasphemous things, and extremely graphic verbal descriptions of feces, fornication, oral sex, urination, incest, pedophilia, bestiality, necrophilia, sadomasochism, and dismemberment; some extremely graphic verbal descriptions of dismemberment and sadomasochism; extremely graphic verbal descriptions of feces, fornication, oral sex, urination, incest, pedophilia, bestiality, necrophilia, sadomasochism, and sexual dismemberment, and mime performs several simulated sex acts; no nudity depicted; alcohol use; smoking; and, very strong moral relativism and surprisingly weak defenses are made in favor of "pushing the envelope".
THE ARISTOCRATS is a documentary of 100 famous stand-up comedians talking about and telling multiple variations of the dirtiest, most vile joke in the world. According to the movie, the dirty joke has been told privately by standup comics since vaudeville. The joke starts and ends the same way, except some people title the joke with “The Sophisticates” instead of “The Aristocrats,” because they think it’s funnier. The middle part of the joke, however, has countless variations, because it allows the comic to come up with his own, most vile and vulgar descriptions. Thus, the movie shows many comedians telling part or all of their own version of the joke, including extremely obscene descriptions of feces, fornication, oral sex, urination, incest, pedophilia, bestiality, necrophilia, sadomasochism, and dismemberment.
The clean parts of the joke include the opening and the punchline. The basic joke opens with a man coming into a talent agent’s office and telling him, “Have I got a family act for you!” After the man describes all sorts of vile, offensive acts, which may last only a minute, or a whole half hour or more, the agent asks, “What’s the name of the act?” “The Aristocrats,” the man replies proudly.
The two people behind this vile movie are Penn Jillette of the comic magic act of Penn & Teller and his close friend Bill Provenza. Penn Jillette is a strong secular humanist who hates Christianity. In his public appearances, he frequently makes up the worst sort of lies and distortions about Christianity (including Mother Teresa’s ministry to the poor and dying), often in an obscene, mocking way.
In the movie and its production notes, Jillette and Provenza give two main reasons for making the movie:
1. To show the art of total improvisation, in an informal atmosphere.
2. To call attention to questions of decency and censorship by showing that true freedom of speech means that there should be virtually no constraints, legal or otherwise, on offensive speech. Thus, serious discussion of ideas requires the freedom to talk really dirty.
In the movie, comedian George Carlin gives a weak defense of being able to defy boundaries, to push the envelope in everything, but most of the comics are just joking around, and some are much more offensive than others. For instance, although Tim Conway appears in the movie, he avoids any obscenity whatsoever. The offensive parts of the movie, however, contain the most vile, disgusting and evil video recordings ever made. Sadly, Bob Saget, the family-friendly comic of TV’s FULL HOUSE and the original host of AMERICA’S FUNNIEST VIDEOS, tells one of the most revolting, sadomasochistic versions of the joke.
Dr. Ted Baehr, publisher of MOVIEGUIDE®, notes that Herbert Marcuse, the Marxist college professor who helped lead the student protest movement in the 1960s and influenced most of today’s self-described liberals and “progressives,” once said, “Language is a weapon.” In this movie, the filmmakers are using language as a weapon against decency, respect, thoughtfulness, and kindness. Thus, THE ARISTOCRATS is one of the worst, most despicable secular humanist movies ever made. Some of the clean parts of the movie are indeed funny, but only individuals of sick minds will find the obscene parts funny, not to mention two brief scenes mocking Jesus Christ and clergymen.
To his credit, Dick Smothers doesn’t find the joke funny when he is told it for the first time by his brother, Tom Smothers. Woefully for America’s film community, Dick Smothers would have been in the minority at Robert Redford’s 2005 Sundance Film Festival, where this movie reportedly was a smash hit. Clearly, the release of THE ARISTOCRATS marks a new low among America’s cultural elite, where too many people, including members of the Supreme Court, have confused America’s traditions of Liberty with Licentiousness. Such thinking not only marks a new low in decency, it’s also a new low in irrationality and outright stupidity.