YMMV / Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: 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...
  • Harsher in Hindsight: During the Death segment, Graham Chapman answers the door for Death. He was the first Python to die.
  • 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.
  • Memetic Mutation: "It's a Mr. Death or something, he's come about the reaping?"
  • Narm: The Pythons' American accents are all pretty bad.
  • 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... In fact, if you look closely after he explodes, you can see several extras throwing up as they leave.
    • 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.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Harder to notice, but Daphne is a dancer in the "Christmas in Heaven" and "Every Sperm is Sacred" numbers.
    • Max Headroom as a Corrupt Corporate Executive.
    • The headmaster's wife in the school sketch, with whom he has sex in front of the class, is Magenta
    • One of the dinner guests who get taken away by Death is Simon Jones. This is especially uncanny given that the afterlife appears to be some kind of restaurant. And humourously, he plays the husband of Terry Jones.
    • One of the elderly accountants in the "Crimson Permanent Assurance" is none other than the Supreme Dalek himself, under his human alias John Scott Martin.


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