The Full Monty By Peter Cattaneo

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The Full Monty The Full Monty, directed by Peter Cattaneo is a 1997 British comedy-drama that brings into question everything that is supposedly known to be true of traditional masculinity. This is done largely through showing the struggle of unemployed men in Sheffield, England. “Going for the Full Monty: Comedy, Gender, and Power,” an essay by Jill Marshall assists in addressing the status quo breaks presented in the film. Marshall discusses the issues associated with masculinity and how director Cattaneo uses his comedic artistry to bring to light these important issues. In order to grasp the entire meaning of this film, reviewing The Full Monty while also looking at Marshalls essay and her take on the film. When first thinking about masculinity and what we traditionally associate with masculinity, some of the first adjectives to come to mind are strong, powerful, emotionless, provider. Males in society are held to a very high standard in being such, and this is immediately challenged at the beginning of The Full Monty. Each of the main characters is a male who is going through an identity crisis. Gaz, being unable to provide for his child, Dave being uncomfortable in his body, even Lomper and Guy’s sexuality. This film focuses on these characters working through letting go of what they are expected to do and being comfortable in a new lifestyle. This struggle of letting go of society’s standards while still clutching them in a comedic fashion carries this film.
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