Monty Python's Life Of Brian

 (831)8.11 h 33 min197916+
The film tells the story of Brian (Graham Chapman), a reluctant would-be messiah who rises to prominence as a result of a series of absurd and truly hilarious circumstances providing ample opportunity for the entire ensemble to shine in multiple roles as they mock everyone and everything from ex lepers, Pontius Pilate and the art of haggling to crazy prophets, Roman centurions and crucifixion.
Terry Jones
Graham ChapmanJohn CleeseTerry Gilliam
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Eric IdleTerry JonesMichael Palin
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James P. ZaworskiReviewed in the United States on September 15, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the Best Monty Python Movies Made.
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If "Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail" did not exist, "Life of Brian" would perhaps be the greatest of the Monty Python films.

This one is extremely well written, with pithy, witty, cutting sarcasm and satirical scenes poking fun at the historical and centextual ancient Judea about the time B. C. became A. D.

Some people are offended by what they consider to be "blasphemy", but I think it's absolutely brilliant the research that went into the cultural and historical context, and how life under the Romans wasn't so bad ("what have the Romans ever done for us?") and how ready everyone is to follow a messiah ("I should know, I've followed a few!").

The sermon on the mount is the only time the big J is referenced in the film, and it's hilarious that the people in the back of the crowd can't make out what he says. "Blessed are the cheese makers", and "blessed are the Greek".
I love the stoning scene and thoroughly enjoy it when people start following Brian after he preaches a bit to escape the Romans (because he wrote "Romans go home all over a wall"). His mother (Terry Jones), is great: "He's not the messiah! He's a very naughty boy!).

The reference to resistance organizations (the Judean People's Front and the People's Front of Judea) are brilliant allegorical references to resistance groups in the Middle East today, and the fact that they don't work together works as a hilarious metaphor of how things never go quite the way you want them.

Brian gets crucified in the end, but is reassured that you should "Always look on the bright side of Life", and I think the Life of Brian is great!
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Jenuine SeekerReviewed in the United States on April 7, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
More legendary as a movie than it deserves
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There are a few good bits in this movie --the misunderstanding Jesus from afar, the Roman guard correcting Brian's Latin, the competing doomsday prophets spouting strange predictions-- but the momentum doesn't hold. Some gags are overworked and tiresome, like the persistent knocking/hiding gag, the nagging mother motif, the musical number on the crucifix.

We watched it more for the reputation but wouldn't bother again. M.P. shined best in short sketches, and this movie doesn't have enough good ones tied together.
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Josh RallsReviewed in the United States on May 10, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic Monty Python!
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This is a funny movie! This is a great addition to the Monty Python film series. It's very entertaining. It might not be for everyone. It's pretty risqué and it caused controversy among religious people when it was first released. But, if you like Monty Python and their sense of humor, or even if you just like comedy, you might enjoy this. It's got some cool special features on it too. The special features are in line with the Pythons' sense of humor. I got this Bluray shortly after Christmas of 2015 and I watched it and I thought it was a great movie and I was glad to have it as part of my Python film collection. I think it's definitely worth a look, so I recommend it.
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S. HubbleReviewed in the United States on October 22, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Movie might be fine, but seller sucks.
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My DVD doesn't even work in the U.S. Cost me almost 30 bucks and the seller, M + L, won't take it back without 50% stocking fee and 30% less because it's been opened.
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szReviewed in the United States on December 17, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Can I give this movie a zero?
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It was awful. I could not understand half of the words. The nudity added nothing, I hated the plot. The end was depressing and ridiculous. I usually like or love most movies, It was barely funny once or twice.
David L. CarrollReviewed in the United States on October 5, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Defective copy
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Continuously loads and it’s obviously a defective copy but, I don’t see an option for returning it.
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Antonio MartinReviewed in the United States on June 20, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very funny movie.
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hilarious movie. The funniest thing is that most of the situations are similar to the present day ones.

The jokes are still valid today. Very funny. Maybe their best one.
Steve MBSCReviewed in the United States on April 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Timeless creative humor!!
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By far the best of the MP movies. Decades ahead of its time in many ways. Although I often resist the urge, I keep watching this movie again and again.
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