Peter Cattaneo's comedy has brash and boisterous scenes, but its message about the humiliations of unemployment is serious and insightful, and applies far beyond the English setting of this story.
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Beaufoy and Cattaneo handle this potentially racy material with an engaging balance of good taste and outright slapstick.
Originality may be at a premium here, but The Full Monty offers plenty of opportunities for laughter and genial smiles.
A winning mix of humor and poignant character examination, and a satisfying film.
If you don't go expecting the depth and subtlety of a Mike Leigh working-class film, The Full Monty can be heart-warming fun with more serious undertones than you might have expected. [13 August 1997, Calendar, p.F-5]
This wonderful 1997 comedy--about an unlikely group of men who are determined to strip to music rather than get day jobs--is genuinely effective at inverting gender stereotypes and other assumptions, and it's not the slightest bit heavy-handed.
Takes a premise that seems ripe for broad, vulgar joking and turns it into a sly, even subtle, comedy.
A laugh and a half, a genial crowd-pleaser.
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.
Such pure, naked joy is utterly contagious.