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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

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    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, profanity.

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?

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.

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    Role models: As a parody of the legend of King Arthur, the chivalry of knights, and the barbarity of the Middle Ages, the characters are too silly to be considered positive role models.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Cartoonish violence -- including severed limbs and slashed throats -- and lots of fake blood. Several sword fights. A contemporary historian is comically stabbed in the throat by a knight. Comical violence throughout: A knight gets his limbs cut off but still wants to fight, and a bunny rabbit attacks knights and draws blood when it attacks. Dead bodies are shown strewn on wheelbarrows as a man yells to a village, "Bring out your dead!"

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    Sex: A castle full of teen vestal virgins ask to be spanked and offer oral sex to Sir Galahad. There are nude male figures during animated sequences; their backsides are shown.

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    Language: Occasional profanity: "s--t," "p---y," "bastards," as well as words such as "tart" and "pansy." Comedic insults from a taunting Frenchman in which flatulence and male genitalia are referenced.

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Knights of Camelot drink and dance.