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Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Reviews

For their fourth film, the "Monty Python" troupe reverted to the vignette structure used in their first (and weakest) feature, AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. While the sketches are loosely structured to convey elements of life (e.g., birth, education, sex, food, the military, and death), the film is uneven and disconnected. It gets off to a promising start with a marvelous pre-credit sequence depicting a British financial building being raided by swashbuckling pirates and turned (literally) into a giant ship. Many of the sketches show the Pythons' deranged, offbeat humor at its best, but the film begins to pale long before the end and relies on some revolting bits such as a "live" organ transplant and the spectacular (and graphic) explosion of an obese glutton. This is definitely not for anyone with delicate sensibilities.