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Life of Brian
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by PyThomas

"I have a very good friend in Rome named Biggus Dickus."
5 stars

If Kevin Smith and Miramax wanted to know how to market a biblical satire, they could have sought advice from the fine folks at Monty Python.

Back in 1978, the British-based comedy troupe put together a riotous spoof of Old Jerusalem life, and incited mass controversy and huge anti-Python protests, primarily in the southern United States. Some cities down there even banned "Brian" from their theaters. Yup, them Southerners take their God-fearing a bit too seriously, something I'm not particularly proud of. Though Kevin Smith's "Dogma" came and went without much of a protest. Perhaps the Bible-beaters finally got it through their heads that old Hollywood adage of "any publicity is good publicity".

But back to the Python film. Brian (Graham Chapman) is a young man born and raised around the same time as Jesus Christ, in roughly the same part of Judea. Here the life of Christ isn't spoofed; Big J's actions only parallel those of Brian's, which is an entirely different plot. Brian and his mother (Terry Jones) attend Jesus's "Beatitudes" sermon, but get distracted by two bickering audience members. Brian falls in with a local gang (The People's Judean Front - no, the Judean People's Front), vandalizes Roman buildings, and falls haplessly into the prophecy spotlight while eluding authorities.

Brian's followers instantly enshrine anything that has to do with him, including gourds and sandals. Brian confronts Pontius Pilate (Michael Palin), who sports an Elmer Fudd lisp. Brian gets momentarily kidnapped by space aliens in a bit to wedge in some Terry Gilliam animation. And ultimately, he gets crucified (about a block away from Jesus's crucifixion) at the end, when a musical number breaks out, led by Eric Idle.

This film is a timeless, hilarious exercise in exposing the shallowness of organized religion and overly blind faith. The Python crew and assorted guest stars (including a blink-and-you-miss-him appearance by George Harrison) turn in magnificent performances.

If your personal faith can take a little joke (and if you ever wanted to see Graham Chapman's penis), then Life of Brian will entertain. But if you get nervous or offended by lines such as "How shall we fuck off, O Lord?", then don't bother.

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User Comments

12/04/10 millersxing Iconoclastic and satirical...recommended for the healing power of laughter 4 stars
8/03/09 PAUL SHORTT BLASPHEMOUS, RACIST, VULGAR AND RIDICULOUS 1 stars
8/22/07 Double M Silly yet intelligent humor.. twuly hilawious. 5 stars
1/02/07 Bitchflaps Decent, but my least favourite Python feature film, the delivery is better than the materia 3 stars
7/18/06 David Cohen If you've ever wanted to slam the door on a missionary, this movie is for you 5 stars
5/26/06 Laura Simply very, very funny. A must see! 5 stars
5/07/06 chienne This good little Irish Catholic loved it...the ultimate spoof! 5 stars
3/31/06 Thomas Semesky A god-awful movie. What a shame. Only good for a couple of laughs. 1 stars
1/09/06 Gerry Dunne Banned in Catholic Ireland had to go to London to see this in 1980 - brilliant then and now 4 stars
12/12/05 gray Pinkline Jones is a fundie fag 5 stars
8/26/05 ES the most understandable of the Python franchises, probably the funniest and truest too 4 stars
7/24/05 C Vega VERY WELL....I WILL WELEASE WOGER!!!....fantastic....the best python movie! 5 stars
6/03/05 Pinkline Jones About as Funny as a Leper in a French Kissing Contest 1 stars
5/23/05 John Aster Habig lost momentem in the middle but regains it by the end 4 stars
5/08/05 Bluto Follow the shoe 5 stars
3/24/05 indrid cold I guess I don't get what is supposed to be so hilarious about it. 3 stars
12/04/04 Ashley Simply The Best Film Ever!!!!! 5 stars
6/06/04 Martin Z 5 stars
5/18/04 bj should be viewed by all christians 5 stars
4/24/04 ranger4e typical python humor 4 stars
3/01/04 Star-Crosser ...Jehovah - *THUMPTHUMPTHUMPTHUMP* Hysterical!!! 5 stars
1/04/04 Littlepurch Hilarious! A classic, enhaced by now famous actors. Much better than the Holy Grail. 5 stars
12/07/03 Mike Get your fake beard and go to the stoning! 5 stars
11/28/03 john ou laugh so much it actually starts hurting - brilliant! 5 stars
6/14/03 AshFan Always look on the bright side of your life, Biggus Dickus! 4 stars
2/03/03 Charles Tatum These guys were brilliant 5 stars
12/10/02 Roman Absolutly Fantastic and Inspired. Monty Python Rules! 5 stars
9/20/02 Foilking anything better than meaning of life deserves five stars 5 stars
7/15/02 Joey Husain It just keeps on getting better and better each time I watch it. Their all funny. 5 stars
4/03/02 Dave MacDougall gives a big "up yours" to religion....my favorite python movie!! 5 stars
10/13/01 British Bulldog Hilarious film. 5 stars
7/31/01 Henry Ginsberg Brilliant .One of the best comadys ever made . 5 stars
7/20/01 Johnno This is one of the best films ever made-no question! 5 stars
5/05/01 Gracy Lionheart This isn't my favorite of Monty Python, but it is all right. 3 stars
4/10/01 IRA's mother sucks cocks in hell! wonderful!Five stars! 5 stars
4/01/01 Jesse L Only Python film I didn't like. 1 stars
2/27/01 m lundon class act 5 stars
2/06/01 IRA I hate the english. Die pig scum die 1 stars
12/27/00 master.node Parts were excellent; parts were tedious; parts were embarrasing, even blasphemous. 4 stars
12/01/00 Captain Anarchy One of the best british films ever. 5 stars
10/20/00 Carly P This film is the funniest ever made.A true classic! 5 stars
9/20/00 Jeff any Monty Python is AT LEAST worth a look 4 stars
6/08/00 perverted pixie "How shall we fuck off, O Lord?" This films pure class. 5 stars
3/16/00 Richard Wright Basically a load of bad jokes rammed into your skull so repeatably you can't help but laugh 4 stars
2/03/00 movieman best comedy of all times 5 stars
1/18/00 Jedi15 You lucky, lucky bastard. 5 stars
1/03/00 hum the best python movie 4 stars
10/16/99 John Linton Roberson Quite serious theme understood long after you're done laughing. 5 stars
8/26/99 Jason Kinsey funny but not "Holy Grail" funny 4 stars
7/30/99 Dazza Absolutely champion 5 stars
7/24/99 Hagbard Celine I saw this movie 20 years ago and I'm still laughing. Help me! 5 stars
6/25/99 David Keech Monty Python's best film. Full of wit and charm. Gotta love the Latin grammar lesson. 5 stars
6/20/99 MP Pokes fun at everything. Very funny. I could watch it over and over again. 5 stars
6/15/99 Dylan If you havent seen this movie yet kill yourself- theres no hope for you. Total masterpiece. 5 stars
6/09/99 Elizaveta You cannot get tired of this! Try not to asphyxiate from laughing too much... 5 stars
5/15/99 Javachik Take THAT, Charleton Heston!! 5 stars
1/24/99 Hannah Absolutely fabulous. Bring a diaper. 5 stars
12/31/98 Todd Where's the fetus going to gestate? You going to keep it in a box? 5 stars
11/27/98 Mr.Pink "Jehova! Jehova! Jehova!". 5 stars
11/25/98 little jerry If only Terry Gilliam had directed. 3 stars
11/23/98 Lord Of The Dunce One of the most quotable films of the last 25 years 5 stars
11/03/98 Philip Jan Some funny moments. But it's not as good as everyone says. 2 stars
11/01/98 Vick Di Brecci Hilarious and brilliant (Eric Idle's support of gender equality is a pivotal moment) 5 stars
10/27/98 Silent Rob What all Biblical epics SHOULD be!!! 5 stars
10/25/98 {{{OZ}}} Get's better the more times you see it. 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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