The Full Monty

Tucson Weekly

DIRECTED BY: Peter Cattaneo

REVIEWED: 09-22-97

This is a thoroughly enjoyable, fun little movie about some down-and-out steel workers who start their own male-stripping troupe. Robert Carlyle (the psychotic Begbie in Trainspotting) plays Gaz, a nice but irresponsible daddy who lost his livelihood when the steel mills of Sheffield, England, closed down. He finds that he needs to raise money in order to retain visiting rights to his son; with no other prospects in sight, he decides to become a stripper--with a heart of gold, of course. Gaz gathers together a rag-tag band of willing cohorts and together, they peel off their unstylish working-guy duds to the dance tunes of the '70s. Despite certain superficial similarities to the noxious Striptease (where Demi Moore took it off to get custody of her kid), The Full Monty tackles its subject with humor and style.


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