Gross, silly, caustic, tasteless and obnoxious are all adjectives that alternately apply to Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life though probably the most appropriate description would simply be funny.
Pic opens with an amusing short film of its own where elderly workers unite against their younger bosses and then segues to the real task # finding the meaning of life. Tracing the human existence from birth through death, the group touches on such areas as religion, education, marriage, sex and war in a way it was no doubt never taught in school or in the home. Though there are some rough spots along the way (some of the passages on war don’t register) most of the sections get their maximum comedic punch by not being allowed to linger for too long.
The writing truly offers bits of comedic brilliance though, like any film of this nature, has a few duds mixed in.
Monty Python's the Meaning of Life
HandMade. Director Terry Jones; Producer John Goldstone; Screenplay Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin; Camera Peter Hannan; Editor Julian Doyle; Music Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, John du Prez, Dave Howman, Andre Jacquemin; Art Director Harry Lange
(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1983. Running time: 103 MIN.
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