YMMV: Monty Python's: The Meaning of Life

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Again, the "Find the Fish" scene. If you think that can't happen in a Monty Python sketch film, watch the scene and think again. Justified in that, according to Terry Gilliam, it's supposed to represent weird dreams in general.
  • Crazy Awesome: The Crimson Permanent Assurance
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Live Organ Transplants, Mr. Creosote, "Every Sperm is Sacred," etc...
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Every Sperm Is Sacred".
    • The Galaxy Song
  • Dude, Not Funny!: The DVD commentary mentions an early screening where most of the audience gradually walked out.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The aforementioned American business executives claim that the meaning of life is dictated by the fact that "Matter is Energy" and "People are not wearing enough hats."
    • So there were a lot of Men Without Hats
    • The fish in the film strongly resemble the Dreamcast's Seaman.
    • The mention of Mormonism as one of the religions that will "spill theirs just anywhere" in "Every Sperm Is Sacred" was ironically funny to those in the know at the time, since the publicly expressed attitudes of senior church leaders towards birth control were almost identical to the Catholic view (for different theological reasons, though). In recent years, however, the LDS Church has clarified its birth control position, stating that couples aren't restricted from using contraception, thus making them (slightly) more lax on the topic than Roman Catholicism.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The little machine that goes "PING!"
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • Mr. Creosote serves as this both within and without the film. With the bath tubs of dairy based vomit FX going off by day three or so of shooting, he even began to affect the filmmakers themselves...
    • Mr. Brown having his liver "donated".
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The Uncanny Valley characters in the "Find The Fish" segment.
    • The Live Organ Transplants scene. And the scene with Death. And Mr. Creosote. It's that kind of movie.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: The Python's American accents are either hilariously bad or painfully bad.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The final shot of the film, arguably: Michael Palin (in drag, of course) has just finished up a rambling and bizarre speech about film censorship, when the Flying Circus theme music begins to play, loud and clear. The film suddenly cuts to the beginning of a Flying Circus episode playing on a TV set, pulling away from the camera to reveal that it's floating around in space. It then flies off into space, and the end credits roll. An appropriate way to end Monty Python itself, and more than a little moving if you're a big Python fan.
    • Seeing Graham Chapman in the Colonel getup one last time.
    • The soldiers preparing a party for their commanding officer, all the while getting shot at.
    • The Catholic children all being marched out of their home, tearfully singing "Every Sperm is Sacred". Then you see them in heaven. That's right. Their devout Catholic father sent them to their graves, all because he wouldn't wear a condom or get a vasectomy.