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Erik the Viking

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Outdated fantasy comedy has bloody violence, rape "joke."

Movie PG-13 1989 107 minutes
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With a legacy of two beloved surreal, satirical movies (Monty Python and The Holy Grail and Monty Python's Life of Brian), director Terry Jones always had a lot to live up to with this solo project. And sadly, with Erik the Viking, he stumbles twice. For not only is it not an exciting fantasy adventure, it's also not a very funny comedy. Maybe in response to the serious, bronzed Adonis fantasy adventures popular in the 1980s, Jones' vehicle looks grimy, grubby, and often plain ugly. While a similar look worked for The Holy Grail, without the charm and alchemy of the familiar Python actors it's just unpleasant.

If you're starting a movie with an extended attempted "rape joke," you're going to have to be very sure it's got the wit, smarts, and charm to pull off such a brazen feat. Erik the Viking lacks in all these departments. The fact that a 2004 version of the film was released -- with the removal of almost half an hour of original footage -- suggests the filmmakers are now aware too. A handful of jokes land but on the whole, Erik is best left to see out his days in Valhalla, undisturbed by new viewers.

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