"The Full Monty" Is Released

The Full Monty is a 1997 British comedy film.

It tells the story of six unemployed men, four of them steel workers, who decide to form a male striptease act (à la Chippendale dancers) in order to gather enough money to get somewhere else and for main character Gaz to be able to see his son. Despite being a comedy, the film also touches on serious subjects such as unemployment, fathers' rights, depression, impotence, working class culture and suicide. The film was rated a 15 in Britain for frequent strong language.

The Full Monty is set in Sheffield, England, and stars Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, William Snape, Steve Huison, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Barber, and Hugo Speer. The screenplay was by Simon Beaufoy. The film was directed by Peter Cattaneo.

In this summer's great treat of a sleeper, stripping and out-of-work, out-of-shape British steelworkers make for a funny and illuminating mix. In the process of perfecting their dance act (to the thump of a wonderfully incongruous disco beat), these lovable lugs learn a thing or two about masculinity. Brightly acted and casually hilarious, the film exploits this gimmick in witty, trenchant ways that are always generous, never cruel. Peter Cattaneo's winning feature debut understands that joblessness is a humiliation well beyond nakedness, but it also revels in the sight of downtrodden ex-workers learning to enjoy their new freedom. This comedy is cheerfully raunchy but doesn't embarrass its cast with frontal nudity. Scrappy Robert Carlyle, also of ''Trainspotting,'' emerges as a star. — Janet Maslin, The New York Times