The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life ★★★

MONTY PYTHON'S THE MEANING OF LIFE (15)
D: Terry Jones
Universal/Celandine (John Goldstone)
UK 🇬🇧 1983
90 mins
 
Comedy
 
W: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle & Michael Palin
DP: Peter Hannan
Ed: Julian Doyle
Mus: Eric Idle & John du Prez
 
Graham Chapman (various characters), John Cleese (various), Terry Gilliam (various), Eric Idle (various), Michael Palin (various), Terry Jones (various), Carol Cleveland (various)
 
Unlike Monty Python's take on The Holy Grail and the Life of 'Brian', this film lacks a traditional narrative in favour of a series of sketches, akin to And Now For Something Completely Different, except exclusively covering the topics of life, death, sex, contraception, gluttony and other such sins & lessons in life.
The sketches are of varying quality, but none are funnier than the comedy groups previous works or, indeed, the sketches from their first vignette, And Now For Something Completely Different (qv).
There are occasional moments of amusement, but this is very hit-and-miss. A rare off day from a group of talented comedians.
6/10