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Parents' Guide to

The Full Monty

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Who knew male strippers could be so sweet?

Movie R 1997 91 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 15+

Complex and beautiful look at male friendships

The movie's premise weaves together a disparate group of men who are all struggling with making ends meet in an economically depressed city. They are rough guys (who swear and drink and tease eachother), but they develop deep love and respect for one another, and offer a beautiful support and understanding that is only rarely seen in movies. Beyond the male bonding, the movie also touches on the effects of job loss and financial struggles on the relationships the men have with their spouses and kids. And in the end, the love and acceptance given by family and friends seems to renew these previously broken men. I just loved the transformation.
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age 14+

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Is It Any Good?

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The great charm of this film is how all of the characters are allowed to possess recognizably human quirks. Each of them wants the stripping money for different reasons: Gaz needs to pay back child support so he can spend more time with his son. Dave does not want to take the security guard job his wife is pushing on him. Former steel supervisor Gerald (Tom Wilkinson) has not even told his wife he has been laid off yet.

Watching these men grow to be friends in the service of an admittedly odd quest is a much more tender experience than one expects in a story about a group of down-and-out peelers.

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