FBMR - Monty Python's Life Of Brian
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As far as the Monty Python comedy troupe goes, this film isn't as funny as the others, especially MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, but it is still pretty good. The laughs are genuinely funny even if they are too few and too far between. Of course, you have to be a Monty Python fan to appreciate their humour. It is definitely not for all tastes.

This movie is about the life of a man named Brian, born the same time as Jesus. Right from the start he is mistaken for the Messiah, when, of course, he is far from it. As a grown-up, Brian spends his days listening to prophets, going to stonings, but he seems unsatisfied with his life. Selling odd snacks at a gladiator match he falls in with a group who call themselves the People's Front of Judea (not to be mistaken for the Judean People's Front). They are determined to rise up and overthrow the Romans. Along the way, Brian gets mistaken for the Messiah and generates his own group of followers whom he wishes would just leave him alone.

From a Catholic point-of-view, I really enjoyed this film. Of course, it helps to have a sense of humour about my religion. The Sermon on the Mount from the perspective of those who were far away is a classic scene, as is the scene that includes the song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." Required viewing for Python fans.

IMDb - Monty Python's Life Of Brian