“We apologize for the lapse in the captions. Those responsible have been fired… We again apologize for the lapse in the captions. Those responsible for firing the people who have just been fired have been fired .” – Monty Python and the Holy Grail
If you have watched any of Monty Python movies, then you’re familiar with its slapstick comedy, dry British humor, political jokes, puns and sexual innuendo. Plus, the Monty Python movies break the fourth wall a number of times, a technique that either is downright awkward and uncomfortable or works extremely well. In the case of Monty Python, it’s usually the latter. Part of what makes the Monty Python movies so funny is their ability to go beyond humor while the actors still take themselves very seriously. Monty Python is definitely an acquired taste and therefore not for everyone.
However, if you like these outrageously comedic movies, here are several other similar films you might also enjoy. Warning: this article is full of spoilers, shenanigans and ridiculous content. Continue if you dare. Or, cautiously. Either works. Or not. You decide. (We apologize. The maintainers of this list have been terminated).
It’s Spinal Tap
“Well, I’m sure I’d feel a lot worse if I wasn’t so heavily sedated.” It’s Spinal Tap is a 1984 American rockumentary (or musical mockumentary-type film) about the fictional British band, Spinal Tap. Follow the band’s journey as they face multiple name changes, getting music on the charts, underselling gigs and rejection due to their sexist cover art. It’s Spinal Tap keeps things raw and real and delivers all the best behind-the-scenes moments as we see the band on and off stage. “It’s such a fine line between stupid and uh…smart.”
“Jabberwocky, so terrifying that no one will be admitted to the room until the last ten minutes of this film. A long, long time ago, before you lived, there lived a big, uh, not so big carnivorous monster that terrorized the people of the dark ages. This beast was called, as the title of this movie suggests, a Jabberwocky. To save the kingdom from this monstrous creature, the king declares a jousting tournament to find the best knight for the task.
Misunderstandings and love affairs ensue, and innocent young Dennis Cooper, an aspiring cooper, finds himself in a privileged position to become a prince, marry the princess, and live happily ever after, provided he can complete one small task. : kill the Jabberwocky. Directed by Terry Gilliam, former member of Monty Python, Jabberwocky (like the Lewis Carroll poem on which it is loosely based) is very funny and absurd.
Almost everyone has heard of Blackbeard, one of the most notorious pirates to ever sail the Seven and a Half Seas. Indeed, the Queen Anne’s Revenge was known to strike terror into the very hearts of any fish the ship sailed on. Although you know Blackbeard well, you may not have heard of it at all as terrifying Yellow Beard. With his flowing beard of yellow hair, wild eyes, anyone who crosses Yellowbeard’s path knows he’s a pirate not to be disturbed, including his wife. Starring and co-written by Monty Python member Graham Chapman, Yellow Beard is an underrated cult classic from the 80s with a great cast that most people seem to have forgotten about. “She couldn’t be your mother!” No woman has ever slept with me and lived.
What’s better than watching a clumsy jester on the big screen? Why, three, of course! Join silent cowboy movie stars Lucky Day (Steve Martin), Dusty Bottoms (Chevy Chase) and Ned Nederlander (Martin Short) as they embark on a daring and ridiculous quest to defeat the villainous El Guapo ( Alfonso Arau). Unbeknownst to Carmen (Patrice Martinez), who hires the three amigos, they’re not really heroes, but hapless movie stars whose careers took a turn for the worse with the recent bombardment of their latest movie. Unbeknownst to the Three Amigos, they are not hired for a movie gig, but are actually expected to take care of the notorious El Guapo. The combination of the three main talents is excellent, and the movie doesn’t get the credit it deserves for inspiring extremely similar comedies like Galay Quest and Tropic Thunder.
Are you a fan of Alfred Hitchcock films? Alfred Hitchcock is the master of suspense, the king of thrillers and the master of expert shots. They are camera shots in his films, not shots like in the shots, but these are also very common in his films. Well, if you like Alfred Hitchcock movies, you may or may not enjoy High anxiety, a large parody of the Hitchcock films by comedic mastermind Mel Brooks. After recently being promoted to Director of the Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous, Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke (Mel Brooks) begins to experience several strange and bizarre occurrences. Dr. Thorndyke is soon charged with murder and his sanity is in question. Is he mentally crazy or mentally stable? Maybe both ? Or neither?
bandits of time
Take the time to watch bandits of time, a 1981 British fantasy adventure film (and another directed by Gilliam) starring Sean Connery, John Cleese, Craig Warnock and Shelley Duvall. Young Kevin is thrown into adventure when six midgets randomly pop out of his closet one night. Their quest is one of nobility and honesty: stealing as much treasure as possible before the Supreme Being, a threatening floating head catches them. As they jump between different time periods, Kevin encounters several important historical figures such as Napoleon Bonaparte, Robin Hood, and King Agamemnon. Don’t miss bandits of time, the movie where even the dead have no excuse to be lazy. “Dead? No excuse for laying off work.
Prepare for takeoff by watching Airplane!, a hilarious comedy about a drunk pilot with a pathological fear of flying. The pilot (Robert Hays) must land the plane safely after everyone on board suffers from food poisoning. Released in theaters in 1980, this spoof comedy is inspired by popular disaster movies released throughout the 70s. Filled with big inflatable mannequins, insightful remarks and silly questions, Airplane! he has everything. “Surely you can’t be serious!?” “Don’t call me Shirley.”
“He rode a blazing saddle. He wore a shining star. His job, to offer battle. To the wicked near and far.” Grab your cowboy hat, your favorite pair of boots and your trusty steed as you watch the hilarious comedy Blazing Saddles, also from director Mel Brooks. The wild Wild West parody is full of cowboys, outlaws, drunken fools, and ridiculous jokes that somehow work, thanks to their deadpan delivery. “Well, my name is Jim, but most people call me…Jim.” While the characters are serious in their beliefs, the film doesn’t take itself too seriously overall even when it’s risque, which is why it works oddly.
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