The Aristocrats
EW Staff
April 22, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Aristocrats

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
87 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/25/05
director
Paul Provenza
Producer
Penn Jillette
distributor
THINKFilm
genre
Comedy, Documentary

We gave it a B+

”Gilbert Gottfried,” says Paul Provenza, director of The Aristocrats, the notoriously raunchy comedy documentary that killed at Sundance, ”is one of those performers who is just — he’s like Miles Davis!” Gilbert Gottfried? It’s not as crazy as it sounds, judging from the cheese-grater-voiced comic’s hilarious and climactic appearance in this doc (featuring more than 100 comedians), which dissects ”The Aristocrats,” a warhorse of a joke that ”kind of functions as a secret handshake” in the comedy world, according to Provenza. The movie, which will be unrated, is uproariously foulmouthed. ”At no point,” reports Provenza, ”was there any boundary that could be crossed.”

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