The Full Monty

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Director
Peter Cattaneo
Runtime
1 h 31 min
Release Date
13 August 1997
Genres
Comedy
Overview
Sheffield, England. Gaz, a jobless steelworker in need of quick cash persuades his mates to bare it all in a one-night-only strip show.
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Kyle Smith 4
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  • Sundance Sensation Bombs
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    The “buzzed-about” documentary “Catfish” was a sensation — the sensation, really — at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. I’d never attended the fest before this year, but from sea level it looked to me as if a lot of the most-hyped films that came out of the fest were unspeakably awful bombs (like “Happy, Texas”) and that a lot of the hits that came down from the Utah mountains (like “The Full Monty” and “Once”) were barely noticed by the chunky-glasses industry types who bustle confidently through Park City. I couldn’t quite figure out how to work “Catfish” into my schedule at Sundance (and I think documentaries in general are ignored by everyone but critics and industry types), but when I finally saw it in Manhattan I was underwhelmed by the movie — even as I was awed by the marketing blitz. Rogue Pictures, a division of Universal, was holding so many “buzz-building” freebie screenings for selected hipsters, and the town was plastered with so many advertisements for the movie, that it was almost as if Rogue considered the film a commercial property on a par with a studio film. The press played along, with excitable magazine writers deeming this irredeemably non-mind-blowing film mindblowing. The movie has one “twist,” if you can call it that, which is pretty evident after 40 minutes. The audience didn’t bite. “Catfish,” which reportedly sold for $1.5 million, not including many millions more that were evidently spent on advertising and marketing, is nearing the end of its box office run. Its final gross looks like it’s going to be about $3 million. In buying the hype created by a small group of people who do not, to put it mildly, speak for the taste of ordinary Americans, Universal bought itself the right to lose money. ]]>
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  • Toronto's New Top Dog
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    You have to love it when the big prize at the film festival is not the one selected by a journey of esoteric filmmakers in chunky glasses but by the public. The Cadillac People’s Choice Award Winner at this year’s Toronto Film Festival went to the richly deserving “Slumdog Millionaire,” Danny Boyle’s frantic, kaleidoscopic adaptation of a novel about an Indian orphan who wins a spot on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” The movie, which a mighty chuffed Fox Searchlight is releasing at the end of November, largely consists of flashbacks that explain, in a whirl of sound and color, how the slumdog won his seat on the game show–and how he has experienced so much of life that every question he is asked reminds him of a hilarious or terrifying incident he’s lived through. Congratulations to the Searchlight crew who have won Best Picture nominations for “Juno,” “Little Miss Sunshine” and “The Full Monty” and may well be able to pull it off again. “Slumdog” is the best film I’ve seen this year and was by miles and miles the finest offering I saw at Toronto. As I said earlier, it’s the kind of movie at which you have to stay through the credits because you don’t want anyone to catch you crying. Terrific soundtrack too.]]>
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  • This Year's "Juno" Hopefuls
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    TORONTO– When the Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern gets behind a movie, he really gets behind a movie. Morgenstern was among the earliest and most enthusiastic voices in support of “Brokeback Mountain” and “The Last King of Scotland” and this year his darling is Danny “Trainspotting” Boyle’s latest, “Slumdog Millionaire,” which he saw in the edgy Telluride Film Festival and which many of the rest of us will be seeing here in Toronto. It’s about an Indian game show contestant, and it’s written by Simon Beaufoy, the author of “The Full Monty” (who is faring better than its director Peter Cattaneo, whose latest flop is “The Rocker.”) Like “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Juno,” it comes from Fox Searchlight, which seems much more enthusiastic about it than its other Toronto entry, “The Secret Life of Bees,” which looks like a sappy southern drama about racial harmony and premieres tonight. I haven’t seen either film, but why let ignorance get in the way of expertise? Here is Morgenstern on “Slumdog,” which debuts here tomorrow morning: “Slumdog Millionaire” will open commercially later this fall, so I’ll confine myself to only a few effusions now, with more to come. There’s never been anything like this densely detailed phantasmagoria — groundbreaking in substance, damned near earth-shaking in style. Mr. Boyle and his colleagues, including his Indian co-director, Loveleen Tandan, have pulled off a soaring, crowd-pleasing fantasy that’s a tale of unswerving love, a searing depiction of poverty and injustice and a marvelous evocation of multinational media madness. The ambitions declared at the beginning of “Slumdog Millionaire” are huge. By the end they’re completely fulfilled. Another film that begs to be compared to “Juno”–even borrowing its title font, its costar Michael Cera and its peppy-hipster song stylings–is “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” which is going to make a star out of young Kat Dennings. And yes, I have seen this one.]]>
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  • Comic-Con: Sold Out
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    Hard to believe, but true: this year’s Comic-Con, which opens July 24, has sold all its four day passes and all its Saturday and Sunday passes. An article in Variety today gives it props, comparing it to Sundance and ShoWest and Cannes and…huh? Sundance? I’ve never been to Sundance but every year a dozen or so of its very best movies slowly wend their way back east and they’re about glum teens haunted by abortion or glum rural folk haunted by incest or glum war vets haunted by all the bad war movies they’ve had to sit through since they came home. Nobody watches Sundance product, except for one film per year like “The Full Monty” and “Little Miss Sunshine,” whereas Comic-Con shows movies people actually want to see. The convention, in San Diego, has pretty much abandoned all pretense that its movies have to be linked to comics; this year features, for instance, “Pineapple Express.” Comic-Con is the Sundance of blockbusters, or maybe Sundance is Comic-Con for the clinically depressed. Which is all a way of saying I wish my editors would send me to Comic-Con. (They won’t.)]]>
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  • The Matter of Size
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    Twenty years ago this month, the Godzilla reboot du jour opened. Which isn't really an anniversary worth commemorating. Except that it also means it's the 21st anniversary of the ingenious advertising campaign launched a year earlier. Do you remember
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  • Primary Colors
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    Mike Nichols is one of that select group who won the showbiz Grand Slam - Tony, Oscar, Grammy, Emmy. But I liked him as a stage director rather than a film director - with the exception of his last Broadway blockbuster, the Monty Python Spamalot, of
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PJ Media Staff 1
PJ Media



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  • Slumdog Millionaire: Best Film of the Year
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    PJ Media You have to go some to match the emotional power of Rocky. Slumdog Millionaire just about does it.Slumdog Millionaire has no stars you've heard of. Storywise, it isn't that different from a million other underdog movies, but director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) makes it ring in your eyes and dazzle your ears. It's more an experience than a film.Jamal Malik is a young Muslim growing up in Bombay/Mumbai, India, who, as the film begins, is both appearing on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and, in scenes that may be either flashbacks or flashforwards, getting interrogated and tortured by police. It emerges that the police are beating him because of his appearance on the game show: They think he knows the answers because he cheated. No uneducated ragamuffin could possibly know so much.For the rest of the movie, Boyle and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (The Full Monty) toggle between these two situations and what lies behind them: Jamal's dire life. In a toilet scene that’s a riposte to the famous one in Trainspotting, Jamal literally dives into the sewage in order to gain the autograph of an Indian film star. It isn't an experience anyone would ever forget -- which is handy, because the film star's name happens to be the answer to one of the questions he will later be asked on the game show.The other questions, too, happen to coincide with Jamal's alternately heartbreaking and hilarious memories. He was a little boy when a day of larking around ended with his mother getting killed in a religious riot in a slum that Boyle frames as just a hopeless molecule in the universe of Indian poverty. For a long time, though, slum life is going to seem like the good old days to Jamal. He and his older brother Salim, a born criminal who will harden into a gangster, are alone in the world, sleeping where they can and eating what they can scrounge. class="pages"> https://pjmedia.com/blog/slumdog-millionaire-best-film-of-the-year/ previous Page 1 of 2 next   ]]>
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