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Good - but could have been better...,
This review is from: Monty Python's: The Meaning of Life [DVD] (DVD)
They couldn't find a theme that allowed the film to flow the way that "Grail" and "Brian" did. The film feels disjointed and uneven, and would always rate behind the other two movies for that reason.
Having said that, some of their finest and funniest stuff is in this film - "Crimson Permanent Assurance", "Every Sperm Is Sacred", & "Mr Creosote" leave me helpless every time. Other sketches have a fair number of laughs (especially when "Crimson Permanent Assurance" breaks back into the main film), though other sketches ("Fishy, Fishy, Fishy" for instance) make you wonder whether Chapman was back on the booze when it was written.
The piece de resistance, though, comes immediately after "Every Sperm...". Graham Chapman & Eric Idle play the Protestants who live across from Palin & Jones' Catholic Family; the writing and acting come together so perfectly that I'd have to rate that short sketch as the culmination, the zenith, of all things Python. Almost worth buying for that short sketch alone.