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[[caption-width-right:340:It's England, but the other kind of "[[Creator/MontyPython Monty]]"]]

The Full Monty is a comedy set in Sheffield, England. The plot follows the story of six unemployed men, four of them former steel workers, who attempt to make money as stripteasers. The film was a modest hit, released in the summer of 1997 to stellar reviews and decent box office, and ''then'' was a surprise nominee for [[Main/AcademyAward Best Picture]]. The film made $257 million worldwide on a budget of $3.5 million, $45 million of which came Stateside.

The film was adapted into a Broadway [[TheMusical Musical]] in 2000, which moves the plot to America.
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!!Contains examples of:

* BlackComedy: Cheery fun about a bunch of guys stripping off for the ladies, but it doesn't gloss over the fact that they hit on doing it because their livelihoods have been destroyed, and a bleak future of long-term unemployment seems most likely.
* BlackIsBiggerInBed:
** Horse becomes concerned when he learns of the plan to strip completely, because he thinks everyone will expect his penis to be large when it is instead of normal size. It is instead Guy, a white guy, who has a rather large penis.
-->'''Gaz:''' ''(upon seeing Guy's "assets" at the tryouts)'' Gentlemen, the lunchbox has landed.
** Also subverts it, in that Dave asks his wife whether, were anything to happen to him, she might take up with a black feller. She answers that she "might do, yeah". He immediately goes into a funk, because everyone knows they have "great bodies and that"[[note]]some do, yeah[[/note]]. However, he really is talking about their physiques, and not their equipment, because he's very insecure about his appearance.
* ChickFlick: The [[DistaffCounterpart spear counterpart]]-- basically a "chick flick" from a man's perspective, as guys stop and think of who they are, what they look like and their place in the world. The whole scene at Gerald's house is nothing but this.
* [[ClusterFBomb Cluster Fook Bomb]]: Gaz in particular is guilty of these.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** During the movie, the boys watch ''{{Flashdance}}'' for inspiration. They spend the whole time criticizing Jennifer Beale's ''welding''.
** Lomper dismissing the idea of committing suicide by drowning because he can't swim.
** At the police station, the cops are having a laugh at the gang's attempt to strip, then everyone starts criticizing Gaz, telling him he's always a beat ahead of the music.
* CoolOldLady: The musical adds in a delirious old woman who "came with the piano".
* CulturalTranslation: The musical. It moves the action to Buffalo, NY and renames most of the characters (Lomper becomes "Malcolm", Gary = Jerry, Gerald = Harold, and Guy = Ethan). Dave and Horse remain the same.
* DrivenToSuicide: Lomper attempts suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in his car, after losing his job as the security guard at the steel mill. After Dave pulls him out of it (the car), they have a discussion about other suicide options:
-->'''Dave''': Drownin'. Now there's a way to go.
-->'''Lomper''': I can't swim.
-->'''Gaz''': Well you don't have to fucking swim, you divvy. That's the whole point. God, you're not very keen are you?
-->'''Lomper''': Sorry...
* MrFanservice: {{Averted}} in-universe. Their act is based on a Chippendales show, and none of the men resemble those dancers in any way. Justified thanks to...
** HollywoodHomely: None of the actors are ''ugly'', per se, and Robert Carlyle has his [[EvenTheGuysWantHim share of fans]].
** The Broadway show definitely plays it straight. Women were known to attend multiple performances.
* FatBestFriend: Dave.
* FirstFatherWins: The conflict between Gaz and his ex-wife's [[RomanticFalseLead new husband]] is built around this trope.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Everyone but Gaz fits this scheme nicely...
** Gerald is choleric, Dave and Lomper are melancholic, Horse is phlegmatic and Guy is sanguine.
* GagPenis: It appears to be Guy's only "talent" in the tryouts. Subverted with Horse, whose name strongly suggests this trope ("it's not because he's won the Grand National"), who is astonishingly... good at dancing.
* HistoricalCharacterConfusion: From the musical:
--> "I've got a friend, like Music/CaroleKing, or was it Music/CarlySimon, used to sing, I always get those two confused, but anyway--I've got a friend."
* HypocriticalHumor: When Dave gets a job as a security guard job as ASDA (supermarket), he tells Dave that he is "working, earning, not poncing about!" after he has just been seen trying to juggle confectionery.
* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: Lomper and Horse.
* LeftHanging: The vast majority of the plot points in the film are left unresolved -- the guys do their dance, strip all the way, then after a brief freeze-frame of the moment the film cuts to black.
* LoveEpiphany: Lomper and Guy, under hilarious circumstances.
* MenActWomenAre: The first part of this trope is key to the situation; if men are defined by what they do, the closure of the steelworks has robbed them of their role. Worse, they can no longer provide for their families: all the men are now on state benefits, or their wives are the breadwinner. The latter is obviously not a bad thing or presented as such, but for the men of Sheffield it's still a persistent wound to the ego.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: One of the driving tropes. You have to wonder how many women attended out of BileFascination.
* OopNorth
* TheUnreveal: Thanks to clever lighting, the Broadway version manages to have the guys completely naked, and yet we can't see a thing. The film, of course, has the luxury of showing them from behind.
* TitleDrop: When they're putting up the posters.
* UnconfessedUnemployment: Gerald never tells his wife he's lost his job. She finds out only when the repo men show up, much to her displeasure.
* WhatTheHellHero: Gaz and Dave mess with Gerald during a job interview to have a laugh at their former foreman, costing him the job. He comes out and yells at them, nearly in tears. They buy him a little something for the garden by way of apology.
* YaoiGuys: [[spoiler: Guy and Lomper.]]
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: "The Full Monty" is an expression which just means all the way; everything. Americans, unfamiliar with it before this film, generally believe it means "taking all of your clothes off".

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