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The best part of "The Meaning of Life" doesn't actually happen during the film - it's the supporting feature, a short masterpiece by Terry Gilliam called "The Crimson Permanent Assurance", in which a group of bedraggled wage-slaves mutiny against their corporate masters and sail their pirate building on the heavy seas of finance. Without this supporting feature, one of the sketches in the main film doesn't make sense, and it's silly that it is often shown without it. The film itself consists of a number of sketches very loosely gathered around the theme of the meaning of life. Some of it's hilarious: some of it's schoolboy humour, depending on violence and gore for its comic impact. Nonetheless, the "Every sperm is sacred" song is an unforgettable musical number which rivals "Always look on the bright side of life" as the Pythons' greatest contribution to music, and Mr Creosote is a gross-out that will linger in the memory for different reasons. Some of it is straining to be funny, but there are still enough moments of genius to remind us how the Pythons ever got the budget to make a film in the first place.