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Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 15 & under

Edgy Python schtick better for older viewers.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is decidedly more mature (if one can use that word with this hilarious crew) than other Python offerings as it tackles death, sex, religion, war, and more all with the expected heavy doses of satire and sarcasm. Monty Python is well known for its lampoons of religion and this movie has a song called "Every Sperm is Sacred." It pokes fun at the Catholic religion. The violence is all rather cartoonish, though at times can be gory. Blood spurts everywhere during one scene as people try to take his liver while he's alive. There is sexual innuendo and there are sexual jokes.

  • Families can talk about why we use humor to address the big issues of life. Also, how can people tell when they are being spoofed versus being insulted?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Various comic characters, none with many redeeming social values, but who aren't supposed to be taken seriously.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Slapstick but with some gore when a man cuts a liver out of a person, a man explodes after eating too much.

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    Sex: Animated nudity, frank, thorough and detailed discussions of male and female genitals and sexual activity, a teacher has sex with his wife in front of his students as a part of sex education, female topless nudity.

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    Language: Sporadic cursing

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable