Parents' Guide to

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Classic comedy has innuendo, cartoonish violence, language.

Movie PG 1975 91 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 26 parent reviews

age 13+

Such a great movie comedy... not sure for what ages

I'm on the fence about letting my 10-year-old son watch this. On one level, it's a brilliant comedy, full of the kind of subversive silliness that kids edging toward adolescence need. Yes, I said "need"; rebelling against adult moral restriction is a important step in pre-teen maturation, and embracing inappropriate humor is one of the healthiest ways to do it. Still, I'm not sure I'm ready to explain to my kid why a bevy of young women might be excited by the prospect of getting a spanking... and I sure don't want to have to answer the question, "What's oral sex?" Still, these are just quick, bawdy touches in a film so packed with brainy wit and goofball schtick that I'm wondering if I can't just cough at a few opportune moments to bleep the naughty bits. 'Tis a puzzlement.
age 5+

Hilarious for kids and adults with senses of humor

My kid loved it and requested it again and again. She wanted and got a holy grail themed birthday party.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (26 ):
Kids say (142 ):

Many comedies don't age well -- the jokes, gags, and even the actors all become dated. That can't be said of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which is still as hilarious as it always was -- though its stereotypes may be jarring for some. The legendary British comedy troupe (including Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin) performs its own loony version of the King Arthur legend. But don't expect swashbuckling heroes on horses. Instead, Arthur (Chapman) and his knights trot along sans horses while someone makes galloping noises with two coconuts. It would spoil the fun to give away more of the memorable gags; they're nearly nonstop and need to be experienced, not explained. But look out for the side-splitting scenes with the Black Knight, the shrubbery bit, and the father of a rather hesitant groom.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of the all-time best comedies that families with older kids can enjoy together (for Sir Galahad's bawdy run-in with the vestal virgins, you can always skip forward by a few minutes). And with all the quotable bits, it's only a matter of time before kids are saying "Ni!" and "It's just a flesh wound."

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