The Meaning of Life Trailer & Clips


The Meaning of Life full movie is released on Mar 31, 1983. Watch The Meaning of Life online - the English Comedy movie from United Kingdom , which has achieved a worldwide gross of $14,949,697. The Meaning of Life is directed by Terry Jones,Terry Gilliam and created by Graham Chapman with Graham Chapman and John Cleese. The Meaning of Life is available online on BritBox Amazon Channel and Apple iTunes.

Why are we here, what's it all about? The Monty Python team is trying to sort out the most important question on Earth: what is the meaning of life? They do so by exploring the various stages of life, starting with birth. A doctor seems more interested in his equipment than in delivering the baby or caring for the mother, a Roman Catholic couple have quite a lot of children because "every sperm is sacred". In the growing and learning part of life, Catholic schoolboys attend a rather strange church service and ditto sex education lesson. Onto war, where an officer's plan to attack is thwarted by his underlings wanting to celebrate his birthday, and an officer's leg is bitten off by presumably an African tiger. At middle age, a couple orders "philosophy" at a restaurant, after which, the movie continues with live organ transplants. The autumn years are played in a restaurant, which, after being treated to the song "Isn't It Awfully Nice to Have a Penis?" by an entertainer, sees the arrival of an extremely fat man. He can eat a lot, but also throw up quite copiously. The Grim Reaper brings for the final stage of human life, death, a visit to a mansion, where the people are rather interested in him. But life doesn't stop at death. It's onto heaven, where it's always Christmas.

As know as:

The Meaning of Life, Monty Python's Meningen med livet, El sentido de la vida, Monty Python - O Sentido da Vida, Monty Python's the Meaning of Life

Release Date:

Apr 01, 1983

Release Date (Streaming):

Jun 01, 2004


United Kingdom



Stream Service:

Universal Pictures

Production Companies:

Celandine Films, The Monty Python Partnership, Universal Pictures

Gross worldwide:



What it is, Where it is, and how to avoid treading in it [Video Australia], It took God six days to create the earth, and Monty Python just 90 minutes to screw it up.


Bob Thomas
Associated Press
Some of the sketches are inspired... Some of the sketches are merely loud and boring the Pythons are at their unfunniest in drag. Even devout Pythonians might question some of the items.
by rottentomatoes, Oct 22, 2018
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Does the attack work? Only occasionally.
by rottentomatoes, Jun 19, 2018
Robert Osborne
Hollywood Reporter
If The Meaning of Life is undeniably tasteless, it is also imaginative and played with a soft edge that never reads as bitter, only mischievous.
by rottentomatoes, Apr 02, 2018

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