Why are we here, what's it all about? The Monty Python-team is trying to sort out the most important question on Earth: what is the meaning of life? They do so by exploring the various stages of life, starting with birth. A doctor seems more interested in his equipment than in delivering the baby or caring for the mother, a Roman Catholic couple have quite a lot of children because 'every sperm is sacred'. In the growing and learning part of life, catholic schoolboys attend a rather strange church service and ditto sex education lesson. Onto war, where an officer's plan to attack is thwarted by his underlings wanting to celebrate his birthday and an officer's leg is bitten off by presumably an African tiger. At middle age a couple orders 'philosophy' at a restaurant, after which the film continues with live organ transplants. The autumn years are played in a restaurant, which, after being treated to the song 'Isn't It Awfully Nice to Have a Penis?' by an entertainer, sees the arrival ... Written by
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Michael Caine has a cameo as one of the British soldiers injured in the Zulu War scene. Michael Caine also starred in the 1963 production of Zulu. See more »
At the start of the miracle of birth section. the mother is traveling backwards (head first). But just before she leaves the corridor, the camera view from the gurney indicates that she is moving feet first. See more »
Now, sex. Sex, sex, sex. Where were we?
[pupils can't remember]
Well, had I got as far as the penis entering the vagina?
Uh, no, sir. No, sir.
Well, had I done foreplay?
Yes, sir. Yes, sir.
Ah. Well, as we all know all about foreplay, no doubt you can tell me what the purpose of foreplay is. Biggs.
Um, don't know. Sorry, sir.
Oh. Uh, was it taking your clothes off, sir?
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In the opening credits, the title is initially written as "MEANING OF LIFF", then a lightning strike corrects that to "LIFE". A book, "The Meaning of Liff", written by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd was published in 1983. See more »
A series of skits and songs that try to answer the question that we all want answered: what does it all mean? Addressing topics from love and sex to war and death (and halibut) the crazy entourage known as Monty Python will keep you informed, thinking, and of course laughing your ass off.
It is really more of a big budget production of Saturday Night Live since there is no real connecting plot throughout it all the segments, other than the issues being talked about and made fun of, but it still manages to be outrageously entertaining. 8/10
Rated R: near constant crudeness
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