A group of unemployed steel workers form a male
striptease act with the intention of delivering full nudity.
The Full Monty (1997)
Directed by Peter Cattaneo
Written by Simon Beaufoy
Starring Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, Tom Wilkinson, William Snape, Steve Huison, Paul Barber, Hugo Speer, Lesley Sharp
Oscar Wins - Best Original Score (Anne Dudley)
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture, Best Director,
Best Original Screenplay
The Full Monty is a bizarre but hilarious quirky British comedy with a fantastic cast and a simple premise that only gets funnier. The concept of out of work steel workers forming a striptease act is something only the Brits could do without it being incredibly stupid or vulgar. This was a film that could've easily been an excuse to let loose with vulgarity but the end result is considerably more subdued than you'd expect. Honestly, the lack of hard-R material makes the film even funnier.
The cast of quirky character actors makes The Full Monty the cult classic it is today. Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, and Tom Wilkinson all broke into mainstream success with this film and it was all well deserved. Of course, Carlyle steals the show as he often does, playing the ringleader of their so-called gang. Watching these out of shape and out of luck ex-steel workers try to dance sexy is laugh out loud hilarious, especially once the final act rolls around and you realize they're actually not half bad.
The Full Monty is a rare occurrence of an oddball British comedy breaking into mainstream success. It's got a premise that could've easily been a disaster, but ended up being an enjoyable comedy I would definitely watch again. It teaches some surprising life lessons about self-acceptance and confidence, while also featuring some of the most awkward stripping scenes in film history.