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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Movie
I'm not the type who watches movies more than once, but I've probably seen Monty Python's Life of Brian about 20 times. Brian is born in Bethlehem on the same day as Jesus and, throughout his life, is continually mistaken for Jesus. In the end, he too is crucified. On one level, the movie is a comedy, bordering on slap-stick. It is a smashing success on that surface...
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3.0 out of 5 stars "He's not the Messiah. He's a very naughty boy!"
Many people prefer to quote dialogue and recall specific routines when the subject of the Monty Python films is discussed. That is unfortunate because their films offer much more than memorable comedy bits. They actually offer very insightful commentaries on their respective subjects when you take a good look at them. That is certainly the case with "The Life of...
Published on March 3 2004 by Steven Y.


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3.0 out of 5 stars "He's not the Messiah. He's a very naughty boy!", March 3 2004
Many people prefer to quote dialogue and recall specific routines when the subject of the Monty Python films is discussed. That is unfortunate because their films offer much more than memorable comedy bits. They actually offer very insightful commentaries on their respective subjects when you take a good look at them. That is certainly the case with "The Life of Brian."
On the night that Jesus is born, the Three Wise Men mistakenly deliver gifts to the nearby manger of Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman). After realizing their mistake, the trio travel to their intended destination but this one incident sets the tone for the rest of Brian's life. Years later he finds himself in Palestine leading an unremarkable existence until he hooks up with the People's Front of Judea. After participating in a botched abduction of Pontius Pilate's wife, Brian somehow ends up being worshipped as the Messiah. The Romans eventually catch up with him and hang him on the cross. Despite his pleas for help, his followers leave him there thinking that it is Brian's divine destiny to be crucified.
Watching Monty Python's "The Life of Brian," one can't help but wonder about what really did happen in the past in the real world. Credit must be given to The Pythons for examining this thought in an amusing and inoffensive manner. They are not dismissing organized religion in this film but are rather cleverly reminding us that inconsistencies, oddities, and contradictions abound in religious chronicles just like they do in everything else in the world. The Pythons' brand of humor has always been more sophisticated than many of their contemporaries and it has held up remarkably well to this day. "The Life of Brian" is one of those rare gems that makes you think while it entertains you at the same time. Too bad so many films being released these days can't make a similar claim.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Movie, Jan. 31 2010
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I'm not the type who watches movies more than once, but I've probably seen Monty Python's Life of Brian about 20 times. Brian is born in Bethlehem on the same day as Jesus and, throughout his life, is continually mistaken for Jesus. In the end, he too is crucified. On one level, the movie is a comedy, bordering on slap-stick. It is a smashing success on that surface level. Just below the surface, however, it contains far more serious social commentary, and it was actually banned in Britain for a time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Ten Best Films Ever Made, June 23 2009
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There is so much in this film - comedy, satire, allegory, the list goes on. It is still as relevant today as it was 30 years ago and just as controversial. It was a courageous film then and still is. As an expose of the gullibility of society at large, it is timeless and infinitely clever. It is a biting satire of the self serving nature of human society as a whole, and its themes can be seen throughout history. Top that all off with the superb comedy of the Python team and their ability to play a myriad of classic characters and you have a film people will be talking about for generations to come. The bonus material about the making of the film and the controvesy it caused and the several misguided attempts at banning it, provide a fascinating backdrop to a film as big as the subjects it took on. One of the greats!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, July 7 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Bit as Funny as I Remember It, March 31 2014
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I laughed from start to finish. I think this was the team's greatest success, closely followed by the Holy Grail. It's one of those movies you can watch over and over.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Dated, Feb. 8 2014
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The idea of an ordinary man mistaken for the Messiah is still funny but be warned the film is decades old so it is a little dated at times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ah les Monty Python's, Feb. 4 2014
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Juste a écrire ce commentaire j'en ris encore la vie d'un juif pris par erreur pour le Christ et qui deviens malgré lui le héros d'un peuple.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Easter favorite, Dec 26 2013
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Follow the shoe...no, the gourd! And how many ways can you write "Romans go Home". One of Monty Pythons finest films! - C
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as I expected, Nov. 19 2013
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It was in great condition and it was all I remembered.
Monty Python's humour is not for all but those who enjoy it really enjoy it.
I recommend it for all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The life of Brian - British Cinema movie, Sept. 27 2013
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Very entertaining, comedy and satire.

Highly recommended viewing for all, After seeing this, one would want to see all of the Monty Python movies.
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