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Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different

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Best of Monty Python sketches in one neat package.
  • Review Date: October 7, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1971
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Long-distance shootings and explosions, comic physical attacks.

Sex

Non-graphic, but features heavy petting, flashing, seduction, and veiled discussions of sex.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is a collection of irreverent comedy sketches performed by British comedy troupe Monty Python. Sex and sexual identities are often major components in the sketches -- a marriage counselor hitting on a wife seeking help, a cross-dressing lumberjack, a milkman greeted at the door by a woman in a negligee. However, there's no nudity (aside from a cartoon depiction of a Venus statue) or graphic depiction of sex. Violence is repeatedly used for comic effect, and no real consequences are ever shown -- nor would they mean much in the context of a comedy sketch. Drinking of alcohol is a minor component of a few sketches, and the language is quite mild.

What's the story?

In an attempt to bring Monty Python to the U.S., the troupe, along with director Ian McNaughton, refilmed their favorite sketches from their first two seasons on the BBC. These sketches were edited together with some various new connecting bits, and the resulting film was titled AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. While it failed to attract the audience they were hoping for, the sketches are true classics, and the reinterpretations in less studio-bound settings make them all the more potent. Among the most memorable are the "Lumberjack Song," the upper class twit of the year competition, and the funniest joke in the world.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Those who are already familiar with the sketches in their original form on the television series won't find anything substantially different here (ironic considering the title). This film really works best as an introduction for viewers who have had little to no prior experience with Monty Python. From here, one will likely be hooked and want to go back to the original series, unless they find the humor too absurd.

But even those who dislike what they get here should keep in mind Monty Python's lasting legacy in the more recent sketch comedy troupes that have followed in their footsteps, including The Kids in the Hall and Mr. Show.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the plethora of topics raised in the skits, including gays in the military, American intervention in world politics, juvenile delinquency, and many others. Parents could discuss how these comedic sketches are often making a serious point about culture or society. For instance, why is it funny for a male lumberjack to want to dress as a woman? Or what is the piece about violent "grannies" attacking young men really commenting on?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 1, 1971
DVD release date:August 8, 1999
Cast:Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam
Director:Ian MacNaughton
Studio:Sony Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Misfits and underdogs
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:adult themes

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Kid, 10 years old December 20, 2015

Blech.

Today, I told my dad I wanted to watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail for the gillionth time, and he said, "Why not give other Monty Python movies a chance?" So we rented this on Amazon. You know that feeling when you buy a pineapple at the store thinking it's going to be good, but you try it, and it's rotten? Well, that's the feeling I got when I watched this. (*DISCLAIMER* This movie has nothing to do with pineapples, and they don't migrate, either.) There were no funny moments. My dad had to fast forward through every scene in the movie, not only because it wasn't good, but it was very inapropriate! Not swear-word inapropriate, but GROSS inapropriate! That's it. See you! (This has nothing to do with anything, but this is my 20th review since I signed up! Yay! Now, I'll go read a book.)
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Too much sex
Adult Written byChuck Reid March 26, 2012

Great movie!

This movie was great! It had great voice acting and it was REALLY funny!
Teen, 13 years old Written bySpielberg00 June 18, 2011

This one is to be watched over and over (and over) again. I give it a "pause" on 13 mainly because there are extremely negative messages in this film--the major one being Monty Python's classic surreal humor, or the use of violence (sometimes comic, other times not so much) to provoke massive laughs. But this is, in fact, the best movie I have ever seen, and the funniest.

My rating: PG-13 for frequent surreal humor involving some comic violence and related themes, animated partial nudity, some innuendo and a few uses of brief language.
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