‘The Full Monty’
‘The Full Monty’

‘The Full Monty’

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The full Monty was released in August 1997 and cost £2.2 million. After six months of its release the film took £47.8 million at British Box offices.

Britain’s biggest hit screen comedy, brilliantly adapted for the stage, took Broadway and the West End by storm.By May 1998 the film earned more than £140 million worldwide. In March 1998, ‘The Full Monty’ received 4 academy awards and came away with 1 Oscar. At the British Academy film and TV awards (BAFTS), the film defeated ‘Titanic’, ‘LA Confidential’, and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to award at the best film.

Newspaper headlines concentrated on the film as a comedy and it was marketed as a comedy-Billbood adverts showed a naked actor covering his private parts what is more is that the video cover displayed a zip at half-mast on the giant ‘M’.Gary a great dad, but unemployed, broke and divorced and has just two weeks to raise enough cash to keep seeing his son. He can come up with only one money raising scheme, and his mates say it can’t be done but desperate times call for desperate measures and with bags of grit and determination, the guys become stars overnight.All the characters, the friendship, laughter and tenderness of the film that the whole world fell in love with is brought trillingly to life on stage.

With a heady mix of razor-sharp humour and toe-tapping pizzazz, this is musical comedy at its most heart-warming.The guffaws begin early, when unemployed steelworker Gary Scoffield (Robert Carlyle) learns how much men can make for wearing very little, or less. That inspires him to put together Yorkshi

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re’s own version of the Chippendales, comprised of former steelworkers like himself and his best friend Dave (Mark Addy). Scoffield and Dave lack only two things to qualify as Chippendales: talent and looks. But the alternatives – living on the dole and spending their days at the local ‘Job Club,’ where no one ever finds a job – convince Scoffield that it’s worth a try, and Scoffield spends most of The Full Monty trying to convince Dave.Along the way they slip from one silly episode to the next; fixing the motor of a former co-worker without realizing he is trying to use his car to commit suicide; auditioning other laid-off steelworkers to the sounds of “J’taime”; recruiting their hated former foreman, Gerald (Tom Wilkinson), as their choreographer/dance instructor; and performing a Punch-and-Judy show with lawn elves to make sure Gerald doesn’t get hired away from them.

It sounds like a one-joke plot, but director Peter Gatteano and writer Simon Beaufoy come up with enough variations on the theme to keep the plot rolling between commit bits.There’s the poster-hanging sequence, in which the “dancers” learn for the first time that they’ll be expected to display “The Full Monty,” and one dancer’s follow-up phone conversation with his doctor, which can only be described as revealing. Gatteano even manages to wring some laughs from a straight travelogue of Yorkshire which runs behind the opening titles and provides an ironic counterpoint for the depressing scenes to come.Moreover, Gatteano and Beaufoy provide each steelworker with the motivation to

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continue in the face of failure and humiliation; Scoffield will lose custody of his son if he doesn’t come up with £700 for back child support right fast; Gerald’s house is being repossessed a piece at a time because he hasn’t told his wife that he’s lost his job; and Dave just can’t seem to find the fiscal or physical wherewithal to keep his marriage going, despite his wife’s best efforts.

The Full Monty is far from the perfect film. It overplays some elements: Dave’s attempts to lose weight and Scoffield’s attempts to keep Dave in the act. And occasionally it loses its edge and goes for the cute: the cutaway shot to Scoffield’s face when he sees his dancers break into their steps while waiting in the unemployment line. It would be a funnier, more subtle scene without it.

In the film there were several themes that were explored. One of the main themes explored in ‘The Full Monty’ is unemployment. The first scene in the film is a documentary clip showing Sheffield in the 1970s. This scene has been included in the film because it has a connection to the film which is that the main scene in the film is a disused factory which was being used in the documentary, in addition to this the following scene is set in a disused factory similar to the documentary clip where men used to work.

I think that this scene was included to show how employment used to be like. This scene is a contrast to the whole film in terms of employment. This reinforces the theme of unemployment throughout the film.Most of the film is set in a job club and a disused factory. They are set in the job club because the main characters are unemployed. The disused factory is where the characters go to socialise.

These factors again reinforce the theme of unemployment.All the main characters in the film are unemployed which again emphasises the theme of unemployment. This has a serious impact on their lives in terms of money. For example Gaz (Gary) is unemployed this causes problems within his life in particular it at one point in time it weakens his relationship with his son. Gaz feels that him being a man he must provide for his son this is a typical male role-to provide for the family.

Gaz comes to a point where he is so desperate for money that he borrows money from his son’s account. All these little things in the film alongside with other factors emphasise the theme of unemployment. The theme of unemployment is the main theme which points out to us the reality of the film. This theme comes from life in Sheffield at the present time where unemployment was common. This is the main reason I think the film’s theme was unemployment along the fact of the film being set in Sheffield again tells us of unemployment in Sheffield and, along with other factors, the stereotypical lifestyle of people living in Sheffield at the at time in present.

Another theme explored in the film is masculinity. Firstly the traditional roles

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