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Monty Python and the Holy Grail Review

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  • 5.0

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    Universal acclaim
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  • 70

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    Basically an excuse for set pieces, some amusing, others overdone.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Has a sense of humor that is intellectual, even academic, at heart.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Nonstop hilarity for families; some bawdy humor.

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. The violence is obviously fake -- lots of gushing blood, killer rabbits, etc. 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. Kids: name other movies that are similarly humorous parodies of classic epic tales.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Humorous characters believe they're on a mission ordained by God. One character kills indiscriminately, saying "I can't help myself." Women are portrayed as either decrepit nags or virginal nymphs.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Cartoonish violence -- including severed limbs and slashed throats -- and lots of fake blood. Several swordfights.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A castle full of teen vestal virgins asks to be spanked and offers oral sex to Sir Galahad.

  • language false3

    Language: Relatively mild obscenities: "s--t," "bastard," "bitching," "pig dogs" and other colorful insults.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Knights of Camelot drink and dance, but nothing overt.