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Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life was a Monty Python comedy film made in 1983. This film was essentially a series of comedy skits about the various stages of life - in some ways a return to the sketch comedy format of the original television series.

The resulting film is regarded as a little uneven, though which particular scenes are thought funny varies from person to person. Some more generally praised scenes include:

  • The opening scene, "birth", where a woman in labour is ignored by doctors, nurses, and eventually the hospital's administrator as they drag in more and more elaborate equipment, including "the machine that goes - BING!".
  • The musical number "Every Sperm is Sacred", a parody of "Consider Yourself" from the musical Oliver[?], which satirises the Catholic Church's attitudes to contraception and masturbation.

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