What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monty Python's comedy was rated PG before the advent of PG-13. The entire vestal virgin sequence is filled with sexual innuendo and proposition -- but that's the iffiest content. Some of the rapid-fire jokes won't be detected or even understood by the youngest teens, and it's possible teens unfamiliar with this style of comedy won't get it at first, either. There's some profanity: "s--t," "p---y," "bastards," as well as words such as "tart" and "pansy." The violence is obviously fake -- lots of gushing blood and killer rabbits, for example. God is depicted in an animated segment as being tired of overly contrite and "depressing" followers.
- Families can talk about the way the Monty Python crew lampoons the King Arthur legend and movies. Can you think of other movies that are similarly humorous parodies of classic epic tales?
- How is violence shown in this movie? How is violence exaggerated for humorous effect?
- How does the movie find humor in the misery and suffering that occurred during the Middle Ages?