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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

A sort of "Best Of Early Python" you could say..

Author: Spuzzlightyear from Vancouver
29 August 2005

To be honest with you, I am not the biggest Monty Python fan. Although I did like 'Meaning of Life' and this film, I can only take so much of them, I mean, the whole cult behind them is baffling to me.

Not too sure why I started this review with a rant, but oh well. This film is just a collection of Python skits made famous on their television show, bumpered with lots of animated bits (by Terry Gilliam of course).

Did I like it? I confess, I laughed a lot during this. There's a lot un-pc joking in this, so be warned. Many groups, like homosexuals, women, fine diners, and, oh the horror, accountants aren't spared. Their most famous sketch, the dead parrot one, is here, but there's a lot more funnier ones on this. Like the well hidden people skit, the bit with the policeman and the person who got his jacket stolen, and of course, John Cleese's delivery of the title line.

A good Python overview if you're not familiar with the series, (like a "best of" you might say). (Hmm, I already said that)

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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Could have been better.

Author: Peach-2 from Netherlands
16 November 1998

This film could have been a lot better than they let it turn out. I know it's supposed to be Monty Python's best sketches from their first two seasons of television work, but it has ultimately a couple of good ones and a lot of boring ones. I recommend watching their feature films and disregarding this unless you are a true Python fan.

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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

For Devoted Fans Only

Author: Matt Walsh from San Carlos, CA
25 September 2003

Maybe it's the film format or the lack of an audience, but the sketches just aren't lively and funny here. There are a few great moments, and it is interesting to see them film in actual locations (e.g., a real pet shop for the parrot sketch). But overall I recommend sticking with the TV versions.

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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

some bits work better, some don't

Author: two-sheds from Pittsburgh, PA
15 September 2003

Some of the sketches in this work better for Python than they did on TV. For example the "How To Defend Yourself Against Fresh Fruit" and "Nudge Nudge" sketches seem to work better on film. But a lot of the classic bits don't work as well as they did the first time the group performed them on "Monty Python's Flying Circus". The "Dead Parrot" sketch, for one, is not nearly as funny. But you do get to see Graham Chapman doing some extremely funny stuff in the "Upperclass Twit of the Year" sketch.

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2 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

And now for something extremely familiar

Author: policy134 from Denmark
13 August 2005

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Although this film is only a retread of the most famous skits from the first and second season of the famed TV-series you got no choice than to go along with it and enjoy. There is not much new here and if the Pythons are completely unknown to you you will probably find it hysterical.

The choice to not alter too many lines from the original skits is a smart choice. It would ruin the whole idea to have some of the jokes rewritten to appeal to a wider audience. The Pythons have always had the attitude that either you get them or you don't.

Both Carol Cleveland and the former Mrs. Cleese, Connie Booth make appearances as in the TV-series and Terry Gilliam's animation is only slightly remodeled from the originals. So what can you say? Was it a bad idea to reproduce the skits - maybe. But to see the Pythons in full swing is always a pleasure so who cares? Maybe there will be a new Python reunion movie, minus the late Graham Chapman of course and that would probably be a lot worse. It is better to remember them when they were in top form and here they certainly are.

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2 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

And now for something that sucks!

Author: ericjg623 from Twin Cities
12 September 2003

The guy from Chicago had it right. This movie is pretty lame. I just watched it from start to end, and found maybe 10 percent of it funny at best. Perhaps it's just me, but much of the Monty Python style of humor just doesn't seem to age well. I felt pretty much the same way about "The Meaning of Life" and said so there as well. In fact, I found most of this movie so boring I can't even muster the energy to write a nice, scathing review, because about the only thing memorable about it were the shots of good looking girls dressed in short skirts. Other than that, yawn.

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0 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Not so good!

Author: Haplo-4 from Sweden
18 May 1999

This is not a good Monty Python movie. The sketches are mostly terrible and are sex-fixated. If you are not a major Python-fan you better miss this one. Look at the Live at Hollywood Bowl movie instead.

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1 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Where is This Completely Different Thing?

Author: WakenPayne from Valhalla
26 June 2010

All this movie is is an updated version of the TV series but it can't be as bad as Meaning Of Life or Spamalot. The Lumberjack song is overrated and can be seen 3 different times THREE DIFFERENT TIMES one is in the original TV series the other is in Live At The Hollywood Bowl and it always starts the same "I didn't want to be (context changes then) I want to be a lumberjack." If you ask me And Now For Something Completely Different is slow yep slow. It's not that I don't mind slow movies it's just if they're about to a) go somewhere with it or b) set up the characters more but these reasons can't be it because it's a sketch movie. To add a bonus here the jokes are unfunny. If you've seen only either movie or TV Series watch one and not the other.

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1 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Something not very completely different

Author: Shaolin_Apu from Seinäjoki, Finland
19 April 2005

Quite indeed, that fabulous gang of Monty Python made four long movies this one being the first one. The movie was also an attempt to make an impact at the American audiences, but had very little effect. Sketches were taken from first and second season episodes of the Monty Python's Flying Circus and acted a-new. Second season sketches were still unseen in Britain and some of them appeared for the first time in this movie.

For a fan of Monty Python this film does not offer anything new, just a bit different view on the subject. Sketches in the film are no way better nor worse than those appearing in the show. If you're a great fan of the Pythons, you'll still find this movie a decent addition to your bookshelf, between your Frank Sinatra and Demis Roussos albums.

Just to estimate this film without any pressure from the Spanish Inquisition, I shall give only 5/10. The film still manages to give some good laughs as anything a monty does, but the rest of the Python films are significantly better.

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1 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Not Really a Movie

Author: vvanpo ( from Renton, WA USA
9 January 2004

As has been pointed out, this is not a movie but a collection of skits done by the Monty Python troupe on their TV series. This makes it tough for me to rate it and comment on it as a movie but vanity prevents me from do so anyway.

Don't get me wrong, the stuff was and still is great. It includes some of my favorites: the Twit of the Year, the Re-enactment of Pearl Harbor, the Milkman Trap, the Flasher. If this had been done 20 or 30 years later, Monty Python would have put their TV episodes out on video tape or DVD. Heck, that has probably happened but who knew back in 1971?

"Completely Different" does have more of Terry Gilliam's on-the-cheap animation. And true to its title, the segues are ingenious.

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