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To wonder what age you would let your children watch Monty Python?

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katykuns Thu 22-Nov-12 19:37:15

I watched it at a young age and missed all the dirty jokes etc, but just wondering what age you would let your children watch it?

Obviously less of the scene with John Cleese giving a live demonstration of sexual education to his class... with his wife... grin

fuzzpig Thu 22-Nov-12 19:40:10

I'm not sure really. I remember letting DSS watch holy grail age 12, as DH was happy he was old enough.

I would really love to show DD(5) some - she enjoys Fawlty Towers, and loves the slapstick.

I'm wondering about maybe just finding some of the less rude clips on YouTube or something?

specialsubject Thu 22-Nov-12 19:41:11

that is 'Meaning of Life' and that scene is probably the least of your worries. The one where somebody has their organs taken out while they are alive and screaming is not really something for nervous children.

'Every Sperm is Sacred' is hilarious, but you also may not want the bit after where the Graham Chapman character talks about condoms with his wife...

the film had an 18 certificate, so probably ok for today's 13 year olds... :-)

the TV show would be fine, although now very, very dated.

Woozley Thu 22-Nov-12 19:45:12

I watched the TV series when I was 13, and Life of Brian when I was a bit older, but probably didn't get the humour until I was in my 20s. And a lot of the TV series can be a bit meh, IMO. Though Life of Brian is brilliant.

greeneyed Thu 22-Nov-12 19:46:22

Agree re meaning of life probably 15 upwards for that one, 14 upwards for life of brian and maybe holy grail a bit younger

InMySpareTime Thu 22-Nov-12 19:47:26

"How not to be seen"
"Baby snatchers/senile delinquents"
"Man armed with fruit"
"Dead parrot"
"The funniest joke in the world"
Cleese attacking a car with a branch - all probably 8+
My box set of Monty python's flying circus is a 12 certificate, I'd happily let my DCs (11 and 8) watch it. "Upper class twit of the year" is hilarious, as is "dirty fork"grin

70isaLimitNotaTarget Thu 22-Nov-12 19:55:40

My DC have never seen it but my DS was quoting "I'm your king" when he was 3yo blush

70isaLimitNotaTarget Thu 22-Nov-12 19:57:24

And I say to him "You're not the Messiah you're a very naughty boy.

DH is hmm (What does he know) ?

KenLeeeeeee Thu 22-Nov-12 20:28:01

My eldest boys have seen some of the safer stuff. They love Holy Grail (and frequently shout "ni!" at each other), and the Spam sketch had them in stitches. They're 6 & 8yo.

WMittens Thu 22-Nov-12 20:58:13

Cleese attacking a car with a branch

That's Clockwise, not Monty Python.

viagrafalls Thu 22-Nov-12 21:08:33

Actually, Cleese attacking car with branch is Fawlty Towers. (pedant)

LindyHemming Thu 22-Nov-12 21:11:10

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ABitWoozy Thu 22-Nov-12 21:16:34

Cleese attacking car with branch is Fawlty Towers.

Also has the word bastard. My 7 year old was shock and she didn't think it was very funny. I have failed as a parent.

Cozy9 Thu 22-Nov-12 21:18:33

Monty Python had topless women in it occasionally IIRC.

SinisterBuggyMonth Thu 22-Nov-12 21:21:43

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TalkinPeace2 Thu 22-Nov-12 21:22:45

Little kids do not even NOTICE the bits that make us cringe.
I was 8 when I first saw it.
Holy Grail is a masterpiece but Brian is the best
(with the future Mayor of Aberystwyth starkers)

WMittens Thu 22-Nov-12 21:28:45

Oh yeah, my bad.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Thu 22-Nov-12 21:32:47

The Life of Brian is the funniest film ever bar none. And the Holy Grail has some of the funniest scenes in it, but it isn't as good a film. The Meaning of Life is not nearly as good.

I watched the Holy Grail many times one summer when I was 14, and the Life of Brian came a bit later, as a lot of the themes are more adult. My mum wasn't happy about it, but my dad was a fan.

I do remember shouting "He wanks as high as any in Wome!" at my dad and not getting it at all grin blush

KitchenandJumble Thu 22-Nov-12 21:39:43

I first saw the TV series at 5/6. All of the innuendo sailed right over my head, but I remember laughing hysterically at things like "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!" Of course, I didn't have the faintest idea what the historical Inquisition actually was.

Fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope. . . grin

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