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Best Movie for British Humour
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Some movies provide more memorable quotes than others. I can tell whether a new friend has ever seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail by simply saying something like, "Run away!" or "Look at the bones!" and seeing if they laugh--or better yet, spout another Monty Python quote! When I was in high school, several of my fellow geeks were great fans of Monty Python, but I never bothered to watch and see what they found so funny or interesting. It was as an adult that I watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail for the first time and learned that the uptight British were indeed quite funny!
This movie pokes fun at pretty much everyone and everything: royalty, chivalry, peasants and communes, the middle ages, religion, academia, the English, the French.....I don't think anyone escapes the nonstop British humour. From the imaginary horses accented with coconut sound effects to the catapulted cows from the French castle to the killer bunny rabbit guarding the cave, this is outrageous British humour at its best.
There is some humour that is not appropriate for younger folks; in fact I myself skip over the part with the convent, finding it a bit too crude. However, most of the laughs come from simple absurdity. The Knights Who Say "Ni" and the black knight are a couple of my favorites, as are Tim the magician and Brother Maynard (keeper of the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.)
This DVD is a great gift and can make movie night at home a real hit. Brew some tea, get some crumpets, and enjoy an evening of laughter, English style.