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The Life of Brian Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    It has been said that a Monty Python movie is only successful if it offends everyone in the audience at least once. By that measuring stick as well as nearly any other, The Life of Brian is an unqualified triumph. It makes us confront our foibles and laugh at them.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Funny, in that peculiar British way where jokes are told sideways, with the obvious point and then the delayed zinger.

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  • 80

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    Just as wacky and imaginative as their earlier film outings. (Review of Original Release)

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  • 90

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    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The more things change, the more we have to laugh if we are to have a prayer of remaining sane, and the Pythons are the best possible step in that direction.

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OK for kids 15+

Sandaled Python pic too irreverent for young kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie, like other Monty Python films, pokes fun at religion, death, politics, and ancient history. Although the film is not about Jesus, it does jokingly convey the life of Jesus' contemporary, a man named Brian. The Monty Python crew lampoons not just religion but also revolutionaries, committee politics, and the Roman hierarchy. There is some violence, but it's cartoonish -- even the sight of dismembered bodies in the Coliseum. And while there are scenes of full-frontal nudity (male and female), it's meant to be humorous not sexual.

  • Families can talk about the kinds of films Monty Python was lampooning. What stereotypical aspects of biblical epics does the film include? Is the film offensive or just funny, or somehow both -- why?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Brian becomes an unwitting martyr for a revolutionary group.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Brian's mom smacks an unseen baby. The Sermon on the Mount turns into a fist fight. A brawl breaks out at a stoning. Dismembered body parts are strewn around the Coliseum, but they look obviously fake. An imprisoned man is kept in a torture position. Roman centurions beat several people. Criminals are forced to carry crosses. And of course, people are crucified (no blood or nails are visible).

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    Sex: Male and female full-frontal nudity that's shown in a humorous, not-sexy manner. Judith and Brian kiss and wake up next to each other, but the nudity comes a bit later. Another man's naked behind is shown, but his front is coverd by his long, long hair.

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    Language: Slightly less swearing than the usual rated-R film: "f--k," "bastard," "damn," "bloody," "titty," "balls," "d--k," etc. Also, Brian calls himself some off-color words for Jewish: "kike," "Hebe," "Red Sea Pedestrian."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: None, except for the popularity of the Monty Python comedians.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable