I think men still form a sense of who, and what they are from their occupation. Losing his job obviously creates financial worries and stress for a man; but as this film highlights, it also means something more profound. It is as though what it means to be a man has been taken from the characters, it is almost as if their very Humanity has been erased.
The scene where Gerald is almost in tears after the lads have ruined his first interview in months, confessing he has been unable to tell his Wife of his predicament; and especially the scene when Dave tells his Wife he can't go through with the show because: "who wants to see this dance?" And she lovingly replies: "Me Dave... I do", I personally find heart-rending.
One of British film-making's real gems, The Full Monty finds a perfect balance of comedy and tragedy to deliver a beautiful, and very important story.
(You can leave your hat on)...