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Life Of Brian (1979)
Comedy

Life Of Brian (1979)

The story of Brian of Nazareth, born on the same day as Jesus of Nazareth, who takes a different path in life that leads to the same conclusion. Brian joins a political resistance movement aiming to get the Romans out of Judea. Brian scores a victory of sorts when he manages to paint political slogans on an entire wall in the city of Jerusalem. The movement is not very effective but somehow Brian becomes a prophet and gathers his own following. His fate is sealed however and he lives a very short life. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  religion,  suicide,  surrealism
Mood:spoof,  satire
Locations:sewer,  space
Characters:alien
Story:judea,  roman judea,  spacecraft accident,  saved from execution,  embarrassing male nudity,  scene at a window,  food vendor,  day for night,  three wise men,  prostitute mother,  gallows humor,  vow of silence,  haggling,  actor playing female role,  holy land,  monty python,  implied fellatio,  ancient astronaut,  roman soldier,  stoning,  marketplace,  speech impediment,  deus ex machina,  nativity,  1st century,  cult movie cast,  fake beard,  based on sketch comedy,  roman empire,  british renaissance,  hermit,  ancient rome,  gladiator,  arena,  domineering mother,  british comedy,  shoe,  black market,  comedy troupe,  jerusalem,  beggar,  tower,  crucifixion,  palestine,  revolutionary,  irreverence,  police raid,  balcony,  dungeon,  irony,  eccentric,  spacecraft,  farce,  heart attack,  graffiti,  premarital sex,  actor playing multiple roles,  mistaken identity,  written and directed by cast member,  public nudity,  controversy,  execution,  disguise,  f word,  reference to jesus christ,  falling from height,  black comedy,  cult film,  chase,  singing,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  nudity

The Meaning Of Life (1983)
Comedy, Musical

The Meaning Of Life (1983)

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 film 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. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  religion,  surrealism
Mood:satire
Locations:space
Story:monty python,  cult movie cast,  based on sketch comedy,  british renaissance,  british comedy,  comedy troupe,  irreverence,  actor playing multiple roles,  written and directed by cast member,  controversy,  black comedy,  cult film

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Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975)

History is turned on its comic head when, in 10th century England, King Arthur travels the countryside to find knights who will join him at the Round Table in Camelot. Gathering up the men is a tale in itself but after a bit of a party at Camelot, many decide to leave only to be stopped by God who sends them on a quest: to find the Holy Grail. After a series of individual adventures, the knights are reunited but must face a wizard named Tim, killer rabbits and lessons in the use of holy hand grenades. Their quest comes to an end however when the police intervene - just what you would expect in a Monty Python movie. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  surrealism
Mood:spoof,  satire
Story:monty python,  cult movie cast,  based on sketch comedy,  hermit,  british comedy,  comedy troupe,  irreverence,  dungeon,  eccentric,  heart attack,  actor playing multiple roles,  written and directed by cast member,  black comedy,  cult film,  singing

And Now For Something Completely Different (1971)
Comedy

And Now For Something Completely Different (1971)

A collection of re-filmed sketches from the first and second series of the cult TV comedy show "Monty Python's Flying Circus". Includes such classics as "Nudge, Nudge", "Hell's Grannies", "Killer Cars", "Dead Parrot", "Lumberjack Song", "Blackmail" and "Upper Class Twit of the Year".

Themes:absurdism,  surrealism
Mood:spoof,  satire
Story:monty python,  cult movie cast,  based on sketch comedy,  british comedy,  comedy troupe,  irreverence,  actor playing multiple roles,  cult film,  singing

History Of The World: Part I (1981) is one of the best movies like Life Of Brian (1979)
Comedy

History Of The World: Part I (1981)

From the dawn of man to the distant future, mankind's evolution (or lack thereof) is traced. Often ridiculous but never serious, we learn the truth behind the Roman Emperor, we learn what REALLY happened at the Last Supper, the circumstances that surrounded the French Revolution, how to test eunuchs, and what kind of shoes the Spanish Inquisitor wore. (Read More)

Mood:spoof
Story:1st century,  roman empire,  ancient rome,  actor playing multiple roles,  written and directed by cast member,  reference to jesus christ,  black comedy

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The Cable Guy (1996)
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

The Cable Guy (1996)

Steven Kovak has been kicked out of his apartment by his girlfriend. Steven has a new apartment, and decides to slip the cable guy (Chip) $50 for free cable. Steven then fakes an interest in Chip's line of work. However Chip takes this to heart trying to become Steven's best bud. When Steven no longer wants to be Chips friend the man who can do it all goes on an all out assault to ruin Steven's life. In the backdrop is the delicate sub-plot of the trial of a former kid star for murdering his brother. This is why The Cable Guy (1996) is one of the best movies like Life Of Brian (1979). (Read More)

Mood:satire
Story:speech impediment,  arena,  eccentric,  premarital sex,  actor playing multiple roles,  disguise,  falling from height,  black comedy,  cult film,  chase,  mother son relationship,  character name in title

Striptease (1996)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Striptease (1996)

Erin Grant loses care and custody of her daughter when she's divorced from her husband Darrell, a small-time thief. Struggling for money, she is a dancer at a nightclub, where one night Congressman Dilbeck (in disguise) attacks another member of the audience. A spectator, who recognizes Dilbeck and is fond of Erin, offers to get back her daughter by blackmailing Dilbeck. Things do not work out as planned, though. (Read More)

Mood:satire
Story:eccentric,  farce,  heart attack,  controversy,  disguise,  f word,  black comedy,  cult film,  nudity

Nothing To Lose (1997)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Nothing To Lose (1997)

When a man (Robbins) believes he has discovered that his wife is having an affair with his boss, it sets off a chain reaction of events. First he wanders into a ghetto where a robber (Lawrence) tries to take his money at gunpoint, but instead sets a wild ride from California to Arizona. The two eventually become reluctant friends. Discussing robbery techniques, they decide to get back at the boss by robbing an office safe containing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Life is further complicated by another pair of robbers who chase the first two for infringing on their territory. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism
Story:balcony,  farce,  premarital sex,  mistaken identity,  f word,  chase,  mother son relationship

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Spaceballs (1987) is one of the best movies like Life Of Brian (1979)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

Spaceballs (1987)

King Roland of the planet Druidia is trying to marry his daughter Princess Vespa to Prince Valium, but Vespa is kidnapped by the evil race of the Spaceballs. The Spaceballs ask Roland a tremendous ransom: all the air of Druidia (you see, the air of Spaceball had serious pollution problems...). The King decides to offer a generous amount of money to a space rogue, Lone Starr, to persuade him to save Vespa. What follows is the parody of a _LOT_ of famous SF movies. (Read More)

Mood:spoof,  satire
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:spacecraft,  actor playing multiple roles,  written and directed by cast member,  cult film,  chase

Kung Fu (2004)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

Kung Fu (2004)

Set in Canton, China in the 1940s, the story revolves in a town ruled by the Axe Gang, Sing who desperately wants to become a member. He stumbles into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords who turns out to be the greatest kung-fu masters in disguise. Sing's actions eventually cause the Axe Gang and the slumlords to engage in an explosive kung-fu battle. Only one side will win and only one hero will emerge as the greatest kung-fu master of all. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  surrealism
Mood:spoof
Story:eccentric,  farce,  written and directed by cast member,  public nudity,  disguise,  falling from height,  black comedy,  cult film,  chase,  nudity

Critters (1986)
Action, Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Critters (1986)

A massive ball of furry creatures from another world eat their way through a small mid-western town followed by intergalactic bounty hunters opposed only by militant townspeople. This is why Critters (1986) is one of the best movies like Life Of Brian (1979).

Themes:surrealism
Mood:satire
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:deus ex machina,  eccentric,  spacecraft,  black comedy,  cult film,  mother son relationship

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Barbarella (1968)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Barbarella (1968)

The year is 40,000. After peaceful floating in zero-gravity, astronaut Barbarella lands on the frozen planet Lythion and sets out to find renowned scientist Durand Durand in the City of Night, Sogo, where a new sin is invented every hour. There, she encounters such objects as the Excessive Machine, a genuine sex organ on which an expert artist of the keyboard, in this case, Durand Durand himself, can drive a victim to death by pleasure, a lesbian queen who can make her fantasies take form in her Chamber of Dreams, and a group of ladies smoking a giant hookah which dispenses Essence of Man through a poor victim struggling in its glass globe. You can not help but be impressed by the special effects crew and the various ways that were found to tear off what minimal clothes our heroine seemed to possess. (Read More)

Themes:suicide,  surrealism
Mood:spoof
Characters:alien
Story:spacecraft accident,  saved from execution,  revolutionary,  spacecraft,  cult film,  singing,  character name in title

Team America: World Police (2004) is one of the best movies like Life Of Brian (1979)
Action, Comedy

Team America: World Police (2004)

The North American counter-terrorism force Team America attacks a group of terrorists in Paris. Later, the leader of the organization, Spottswoode, invites the famous Broadway actor Gary Johnston to join his world police and work undercover in Cairo, infiltrating a terrorist organization in the hope they will disclose their plan of destroying the world. Team America destroy the cell of terrorists, but then the Panama Canal is attacked by the criminals as a payback. Gary feels responsible for the death of many innocents and leaves the counter-terrorism organization. When the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il, joins a group of pacifist actors and actresses with the intention of using weapons of massive destruction, Team America tries to avoid the destruction of the world. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Mood:spoof,  satire
Story:dungeon,  premarital sex,  written and directed by cast member,  disguise,  f word,  falling from height,  black comedy,  cult film

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Comedy, Musical

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

While driving home during a rain filled night, straight-laced lovebirds Brad Majors and Janet Weiss end up by chance at the castle of one Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his strange and bizarre entourage, and find that he's having a party. This is no ordinary party, no ordinary night. This is the unveiling of the doctor's latest creation: Rocky Horror, a man-made Adonis that will give absolute pleasure. Over the course of the night, Frank seduces both Brad and Janet, Janet and Rocky become biblically involved, and Dr. Everett Von Scott arrives looking for his nephew Eddie (whom Frank killed earlier in this film). This is an exceedingly grand visual and musical camp satire of the golden days of the B-movie horror and science-fiction genres. Projected along with a musical soundtrack to give audience participation a new meaning in dimension, time and space, this shall be a night that both Brad and Janet will remember for a very long time in the sexually kinky, rock 'n roll, rock-opera world of a gender-bending scientist - and his time warped plans. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Mood:spoof,  satire
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:eccentric,  actor playing multiple roles,  black comedy,  cult film,  chase,  singing,  character name in title

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Orgazmo (1997)
Comedy, Sci-fi

Orgazmo (1997)

Joe Young was a simple young man trying to spread the word of the Book of Mormon when he picked the wrong house to preach at! The owner, a porn director named Maxxx Orbison, tells his henchmen to kill the guy at the door who interrupted their scene, but Joe fights off the guards with great skill, which impresses Maxxx so much that he offers Joe the lead role in the movie he's making at the moment: Orgazmo, which is about a sex superhero who fights crime with his Orgazmorator, and ChodaBoy, his sidekick. Joe, against his beliefs, takes the job so that he can pay for the wedding he plans for himself and his fiancee, whom he doesn't tell about his risque new acting job. However, when the movie becomes an amazing hit just about everywhere and he finds out that Ben (ChodaBoy) has created a real Orgazmorator, Joe is in some serious hot water! (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  surrealism
Mood:spoof,  satire
Story:eccentric,  farce,  written and directed by cast member,  f word,  reference to jesus christ,  singing,  character name in title

C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992)

A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter. This is why C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992) is one of the best movies like Life Of Brian (1979). (Read More)

Mood:satire
Story:eccentric,  heart attack,  controversy,  reference to jesus christ,  black comedy,  cult film,  chase,  singing,  mother son relationship

Four Rooms (1995) is one of the best movies like Life Of Brian (1979)
Comedy

Four Rooms (1995)

This movie features the collaborative directorial efforts of four new filmmakers, each of whom directs a segment of this comedy. It's New Year's Eve at the Mon Signor Hotel, a former grand old Hollywood hotel, now fallen upon hard times. Often using physical comedy and sight gags, this movie chronicles the slapstick misadventures of Ted, the Bellhop. He's on his first night on the job, when he's asked to help out a coven of witches in the Honeymoon Suite. Things only get worse when he delivers ice to the wrong room and ends up in a domestic argument at a really bad time. Next, he foolishly agrees to watch a gangster's kids for him while he's away. Finally, he finishes off the night refereeing a ghastly wager. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Mood:satire
Story:implied fellatio,  cult movie cast,  mistaken identity,  black comedy,  cult film

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South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)

When four boys in South Park Stan Marsh, Kyle and his stepbrother Ike Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick sees an R-rated movie featuring Canadians "Terrance & Phillip: Asses of Fire", they are pronounced "corrupted", and Kyle's mom Sheila with the rest of the parents pressure the United States to wage war against Canada for World War 3! It's all up to Stan, Kyle and Cartman to save Terrence and Phillip before Satan and his lover Saddam Hussein from Hell rules the world and it'll be the end of the whole world. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Mood:satire
Story:saved from execution,  actor playing multiple roles,  written and directed by cast member,  controversy,  execution,  f word,  falling from height,  black comedy,  cult film

Robin Hood: Men In Tights (1993)
Adventure, Comedy, Musical, Romance

Robin Hood: Men In Tights (1993)

Robin of Locksley, known as the most skilled archer of the land, has just returned to England after fighting in the Holy Crusades, where King Richard the Lionhearted is also fighting. Robin finds that much of what he knew of England has gone to ruin, including his longtime family home having been taken away, all at the hands of the evil Prince John, Richard's brother who has assumed the throne in Richard's absence. Neurotic John is basically being controlled by the equally evil Sheriff of Rottingham, everything they doing to fatten their own coffers at the expense of the commoners and peasants. As such, Robin recruits a band of merry men to help him battle Prince John and the Sheriff, they who include: Blinkin, his blind longtime servant; Ahchoo, the misguided son of Asneeze, the man who helped him escape from prison while fighting in the Crusades; Little John, who seems to think that being called Little is only coincidental to the fact of he being a hulking man; and Little John's friend, Will Scarlet O'Hara, a master with daggers. In going to the palace, Robin falls in love at first sight with Marian of Bagelle, a maid of the court. Marian is looking for the man who has the figurative and literal key to unlock her heart (and more private parts). The Sheriff has his own eyes on Marian, he who in turn is the object of desire of Latrine, a powerful hag of a sorceress of the court. Robin and the Sheriff in particular have a fight to the death mentality to achieve their end goals, which for both are protection of the throne for their trusted royal, and the heart and cherry of Maid Marian. (Read More)

Mood:spoof
Story:speech impediment,  fake beard,  jerusalem,  tower,  dungeon,  written and directed by cast member,  falling from height,  cult film,  character name in title

The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad! (1988)
Comedy, Crime

The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad! (1988)

A re-run of many of the gags from the original TV series 'Police Squad'. An Airplane type spoof, this time with the an incompetent lieutenant (Drebin) who always 'gets his man'. Visual gags come thick and fast, and it's impossible to catch them all with one viewing. The plot.. Queen Elizabeth II of England is coming to town, and Vincent Ludwig has plans to assassinate her using a brainwashed baseball player. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism
Mood:spoof,  satire
Story:implied fellatio,  irreverence,  graffiti,  falling from height,  cult film

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Grimsby (2016) is one of the best movies like Life Of Brian (1979)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Grimsby (2016)

MI6's top assassin (Mark Strong) has a brother. Unfortunately for him, he's a football hooligan (Sacha Baron Cohen) from the town of Grimsby. Nobby has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want - 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England (Rebel Wilson). There's only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian. After they were adopted by different families as children, Nobby spent 28 years searching for him. Upon hearing of his location, Nobby sets off to reunite with his brother, unaware that not only is his brother an MI6 agent, but he's just uncovered a plot that puts the world in danger. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot. This is why Grimsby (2016) is one of the best movies like Life Of Brian (1979). (Read More)

Themes:absurdism
Mood:satire
Story:farce,  mistaken identity,  public nudity,  disguise,  f word,  falling from height,  black comedy,  chase,  mother son relationship,  character name in title

Swiss Army Man (2016)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Swiss Army Man (2016)

Hank, stranded on a deserted island and about to kill himself, notices a corpse washed up on the beach. He befriends it, naming it Manny, only to discover that his new friend can talk and has a myriad of supernatural abilities...which may help him get home.

Themes:surrealism
Story:mistaken identity,  f word,  reference to jesus christ,  falling from height,  chase,  singing,  mother son relationship

Hot Rod (2007)
Comedy

Hot Rod (2007)

Rod Kimble is a naif, a slacker living in a small US town with his mom, his younger brother, and his stepfather whose respect he craves. He also misses his dead dad, whom he thinks was Evel Knievel's back-up. Rod, a man-child, believes that he is a stunt man. When his stepfather needs an operation, with help from his brother and his slacker pals, Rod hatches a plan to set a school-bus-jumping record on his moped. First, his crew and he have to raise money to rent the buses and build the ramp. Trouble is, Rod's inept at his chosen career. Looming failure is complicated by the return of Denise, Rod's next-door neighbor and secret heartthrob, who is home from college. Is public humiliation at hand? (Read More)

Mood:spoof
Story:based on sketch comedy,  comedy troupe,  falling from height,  cult film,  singing,  mother son relationship,  character name in title

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Old School (2003)
Comedy

Old School (2003)

Mitch, Frank and Beanie are disillusioned with their personal lives begining when Mitch's nymphomanic girlfriend, Heidi, cheats on him, then former party animal Frank gets married, but unwilling to let go of his wild life, and Beanie is a family man seeking to reclaim his wild and crazy youth. Beanie suggests that they form their own fraternity in Mitch's new house on a college campus to re-live their glory days by bringing together a variety of misfit college students, losers, middle-aged and elderly retirees as their new friends and later try to avoid being evicted by the new Dean of Students, Pritchard, whom still holds a personal grudge against all three of them. (Read More)

Story:implied fellatio,  heart attack,  premarital sex,  public nudity,  cult film,  chase,  singing

Adaptation. (2002) is one of the best movies like Life Of Brian (1979)
Comedy, Drama

Adaptation. (2002)

While his latest movie _Being John Malkovich (1999)_ (qv) is in production, screenwriter 'Charlie Kaufman' (qv) is hired by Valerie Thomas to adapt 'Susan Orlean' (qv)'s non-fiction book "The Orchid Thief" for the screen. Thomas bought the movie rights before Orlean wrote the book, when it was only an article in The New Yorker. The book details the story of rare orchid hunter John Laroche, whose passion for orchids and horticulture made Orlean discover passion and beauty for the first time in her life. Charlie wants to be faithful to the book in his adaptation, but despite Laroche himself being an interesting character in his own right, Charlie is having difficulty finding enough material in Laroche to fill a movie, while equally not having enough to say cinematically about the beauty of orchids. At the same time, Charlie is going through other issues in his life. His insecurity as a person doesn't allow him to act upon his feelings for Amelia Kavan, who is interested in him as a man. And Charlie's twin brother, pretentious Donald, has moved into his house with a goal of also becoming a screenwriter. Despite not admiring Donald as a screenwriter, Charlie asks for his advice. Together, they feel that there is some interesting subtext in the book on which Orlean herself can only elaborate, if only Charlie has the nerve to talk to her. If she can't or won't elaborate, they may have to find out the meaning of that subtext on their own. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Mood:satire
Story:deus ex machina,  irreverence,  eccentric,  actor playing multiple roles,  f word,  black comedy,  cult film,  nudity

Death To Smoochy (2002)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Death To Smoochy (2002)

Fired in disgrace, kids show host Randolph Smiley finds himself out on the street, while his replacement Sheldon Mopes, finds himself on the fast track to success with a new hit show as the proud purple rhino Smoochy. But things take a turn for the worst when Sheldon finds out that some of the people that he works with, and some he doesn't know he's working for, are all in it for the money. Meanwhile, Randolph is slowly turning insane with his only thoughts focusing on killing Smoochy and getting back to his life of luxury. This is why Death To Smoochy (2002) is one of the best movies like Life Of Brian (1979). (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Mood:satire
Story:mistaken identity,  disguise,  reference to jesus christ,  black comedy,  cult film,  chase,  singing,  mother son relationship,  character name in title

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Mallrats (1995)
Comedy, Romance

Mallrats (1995)

Brodie Bruce, a Sega and comic book obsessed college student, and his best friend, TS Quint, are both dumped by their girlfriends on the same day, and to deal with their loss, they both go to the local mall. Along the way, they meet up with some friends, including Willam, a guy who stares at Magic Eye pictures, desprately trying to see the hidden image; Gwen, one of TS's ex-girlfriends; and Jay & Silent Bob, of Clerks fame. Eventually, they decide to try and win back their significant others, and take care of their respective nemesises (TS's girlfriend's father, and a store clerk who hates the two for not having any shopping agenda). (Read More)

Themes:absurdism
Mood:satire
Story:farce,  premarital sex,  written and directed by cast member,  f word,  falling from height,  cult film,  chase,  nudity

Cursed (2005)
Comedy, Horror

Cursed (2005)

Ellie has been taking care of her younger brother Jimmy since their parents death. One night after picking him up from a party they are involved in a car accident on Mullholland Drive. While trying to rescue a woman from the other car a creature attacks and kills her, also injuring both Ellie and Jimmy. After some research Jimmy realizes the creature could only have been a werewolf. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  surrealism
Mood:satire
Story:public nudity,  falling from height,  black comedy,  cult film,  chase,  nudity

The Blues Brothers (1980) is one of the best movies like Life Of Brian (1979)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Music, Musical

The Blues Brothers (1980)

After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit "The Penguin", the last of the nuns who raised them in a boarding school. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority. The only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The Blues Brothers want to help, and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their "mission from God" they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time? (Read More)

Story:based on sketch comedy,  farce,  written and directed by cast member,  f word,  falling from height,  black comedy,  cult film,  chase,  singing,  character name in title

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The Big Lebowski (1998)
Comedy, Crime

The Big Lebowski (1998)

When "The Dude" Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, two thugs urinate on his rug to coerce him into paying a debt he knows nothing about. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with high pay-off. He enlists the help of his bowling buddy, Walter, a gun-toting Jewish-convert with anger issues. Deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Mood:satire
Story:heart attack,  premarital sex,  mistaken identity,  f word,  falling from height,  black comedy,  cult film,  character name in title

Duck Soup (1933)
Comedy, Musical, War

Duck Soup (1933)

The country of Freedonia is in the middle of a financial crisis and on the brink of revolution. In order to gain a bail-out from the wealthy Mrs Teasdale, the government appoints Rufus T Firefly as its president. However, Mr Firefly shuns the pomp and pretentiousness of government; along with the prudence and rationality of it too. Meanwhile, the neighbouring country of Sylvania is plotting to overthrow Freedonia and sends Pinky and Chicolini to spy on Firefly. War seems inevitable. This is why Duck Soup (1933) is one of the best movies like Life Of Brian (1979). (Read More)

Themes:absurdism
Mood:satire
Story:irreverence,  farce,  mistaken identity,  disguise,  cult film,  singing

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Comedy, Romance

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

The setting is Camp Firewood, the year 1981. It's the last day before everyone goes back to the real world, but there's still a summer's worth of unfinished business to resolve. At the center of the action is camp director Beth, who struggles to keep order while she falls in love with the local astrophysics professor. He is busy trying to save the camp from a deadly piece of NASA's Skylab which is hurtling toward earth. All that, plus: a dangerous waterfall rescue, love triangles, misfits, cool kids, and talking vegetable cans. The questions will all be resolved, of course, at the big talent show at the end of the day. (Read More)

Mood:spoof,  satire
Story:based on sketch comedy,  comedy troupe,  actor playing multiple roles,  cult film,  chase,  singing

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Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) is one of the best movies like Life Of Brian (1979)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)

An LA detective is murdered because she has microfilm with the recipe to make cocaine cookies. A "Lethal Weapon" style cop team tries to find and stop the fiends before they can dope the nation by distributing their wares via the "Wilderness Girls" cookie drive.

Themes:absurdism,  surrealism
Mood:spoof
Story:disguise,  falling from height,  cult film,  chase

Paul (2011)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

Paul (2011)

Two sci-fi geeks take a pilgrimage to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by 'Seth Rogen' (qv)) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. When he discovers he's been taken prisoner, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town - a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy ('Simon Pegg' (qv)) and Clive Gollings ('Nick Frost (I)' (qv)). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:spacecraft,  disguise,  f word,  chase,  character name in title

Cabin Fever (2002)
Comedy, Horror

Cabin Fever (2002)

The college friends Paul, Karen, Bert, Marcy and Jeff rent an isolated cabin in the woods to spend a week together. When they arrive, a man contaminated with a weird disease asks for help to them, but they get in panic and burn the man, who falls in the water reservoir and dies. The whole group, except Karen, makes a pact of drinking only beer along the week without knowing where the dead body is. When Karen drinks tap water and gets the disease, the group begins their journey to hell. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism
Story:hermit,  eccentric,  premarital sex,  f word,  black comedy,  cult film,  chase

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Mars Attacks! (1996)
Comedy, Sci-fi

Mars Attacks! (1996)

It is a normal day for everyone, until the President of the United States announces Martians have been spotted circling Earth. The Martians land and a meeting is arranged, but not everything goes to plan, and the Martians seem to have other plans for Earth. Are they just misunderstood beings or do they really want to destroy all of humanity? This is why Mars Attacks! (1996) is one of the best movies like Life Of Brian (1979). (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Mood:spoof,  satire
Characters:alien
Story:spacecraft,  actor playing multiple roles,  disguise,  falling from height,  black comedy,  cult film

Dogma (1999) is one of the best movies like Life Of Brian (1979)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Dogma (1999)

An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is enlisted to prevent two angels from reentering Heaven and thus undoing the fabric of the universe. Along the way, she is aided by two prophets, Jay and Silent Bob. With the help of Rufus, the 13th Apostle, they must stop those who stand in their way and prevent the angels from entering Heaven. (Read More)

Themes:religion
Mood:satire
Story:irreverence,  written and directed by cast member,  controversy,  f word,  reference to jesus christ,  black comedy,  cult film

Caddyshack (1980)
Comedy, Sport

Caddyshack (1980)

Comical goings on at an exclusive golf club. All the members are wealthy and eccentric, and all the staff are poor and slightly less eccentric. The main character is 'Danny'; he's a caddy who will do almost anything to raise money to go to college. There are many subplots, including the assistant green keeper's pursuit of a cute (obviously stuffed) gopher. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism
Story:eccentric,  farce,  premarital sex,  public nudity,  cult film,  singing,  nudity

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The Tale Of Despereaux (2008)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

The Tale Of Despereaux (2008)

The tale of three unlikely heroes - a misfit mouse who prefers reading books to eating them, an unhappy rat who schemes to leave the darkness of the dungeon, and a bumbling servant girl with cauliflower ears - whose fates are intertwined with that of the castle's princess.

Mood:spoof
Story:arena,  dungeon,  heart attack,  character name in title

Religulous (2008)
Comedy, Documentary, War

Religulous (2008)

Bill Maher interviews some of religion's oddest adherents. Muslims, Jews and Christians of many kinds pass before his jaundiced eye. Maher goes to a Creationist Museum in Kentucky, which shows that dinosaurs and people lived at the same time 5000 years ago. He talks to truckers at a Truckers' Chapel. (Sign outside: "Jesus love you.") He goes to a theme park called Holy Land in Florida. He speaks to a rabbi in league with Holocaust deniers. He talks to a Muslim musician who preaches hatred of Jews. Maher finds the unlikeliest of believers and, in a certain Vatican priest, he even finds an unlikely skeptic. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  religion,  suicide
Mood:satire
Characters:alien
Story:holy land,  jerusalem,  controversy,  reference to jesus christ,  singing,  mother son relationship

I Heart Huckabees (2004) is one of the best movies like Life Of Brian (1979)
Comedy

I Heart Huckabees (2004)

Determined to solve the coincidence of seeing the same conspicuous stranger three times in a day, Albert hires a pair of existentialist detectives, who insist on spying on his everyday life while sharing their views on life and the nature of the universe. This is why I Heart Huckabees (2004) is one of the best movies like Life Of Brian (1979). (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  surrealism
Story:premarital sex,  black comedy,  cult film,  chase,  mother son relationship

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Bean (1997)
Adventure, Comedy, Family

Bean (1997)

Bean works as a caretaker at Britain's formidable Royal National Gallery, and his bosses want to fire him because he sleeps at work all the time, but can't because the chairman of the gallery's board defends him. They send him to USA, to the small Los Angeles art gallery instead, where he'll have to officiate at the opening of the greatest US picture ever (called "Whistler's Mother"). (Read More)

Story:based on sketch comedy,  british comedy,  eccentric,  mistaken identity,  disguise,  cult film,  singing,  character name in title

About Schmidt (2002)
Comedy, Drama

About Schmidt (2002)

Warren Schmidt has led a safe, predictable life working in the insurance industry in Omaha, Nebr. for many years, yet now faces retirement. At the same time he is forced to take a hard look at his wife, his life and his relationship with his estranged daughter. An often hilarious series of events follow as Schmidt embarks on an unpredictable RV journey to attend his daughter's wedding in Denver. (Read More)

Mood:satire
Story:irreverence,  irony,  f word,  black comedy,  character name in title

Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010)
Comedy, Crime, Documentary, History

Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010)

The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work.

Mood:satire
Story:eccentric,  graffiti,  f word

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Withnail & I (1987) is one of the best movies like Life Of Brian (1979)
Comedy, Drama

Withnail & I (1987)

London, 1969 - two 'resting' (unemployed and unemployable) actors, Withnail and Marwood, fed up with damp, cold, piles of washing-up, mad drug dealers and psychotic Irishmen, decide to leave their squalid Camden flat for an idyllic holiday in the countryside, courtesy of Withnail's uncle Monty's country cottage. But when they get there, it rains non-stop, there's no food, and their basic survival skills turn out to be somewhat limited. Matters are not helped by the arrival of Uncle Monty, who shows an uncomfortably keen interest in Marwood... (Read More)

Story:british renaissance,  irony,  eccentric,  black comedy,  cult film,  mother son relationship,  character name in title

Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood (1996)
Comedy, Crime

Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood (1996)

"Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking your Juice in the Hood" is a parody of several U.S. films about being in the 'Hood', for instance "Boyz n the Hood", "South Central", "Menace II Society", "Higher Learning" and "Juice". We follow Ashtray as he returns to the place he grew up in and meet his father and his basket-case friends. Crazy stuff happens. For example, Ashtray is older than his father and his best friend Loc Dog's grandmother is a trigger-happy old lady who blames her eccentric-looking kid for not being tough enough. This is why Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood (1996) is one of the best movies like Life Of Brian (1979). (Read More)

Mood:spoof,  satire
Story:eccentric,  public nudity,  black comedy,  cult film

So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993)
Comedy, Romance

So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993)

Charlie, a poet, hasn't had much luck with women, but then he meets Harriet, the girl of his dreams.. or is it his nightmares. Charlie begins to suspect that Harriet is Ms X, a woman who marries then kills her husbands.

Story:farce,  premarital sex,  actor playing multiple roles,  black comedy,  cult film,  mother son relationship

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Kind Hearts And Coronets (1949)
Comedy, Crime

Kind Hearts And Coronets (1949)

In prison awaiting execution the next morning Louis, the 10th Duke of Chalfont, sets down on paper the events that led him to his current situation. His mother has been banished from her family, the D'Ascoynes, after she married Louis' father who was considered far beneath her. After her death, the D'Ascoynes refused permission for her to be buried in the family crypt. Louis then plots his revenge - and kills all those ahead of him in the succession until he becomes the Duke. Along the way, he becomes involved with the married Sibelia who, when spurned, makes sure he ends up in prison. The day before his execution Sibelia recants her testimony saving him not only from the gallows but also sets him free. Once outside the prison however, he realizes he's forgotten one little thing........ (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Mood:satire
Story:execution,  irony,  heart attack,  disguise,  black comedy,  singing,  mother son relationship

Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994) is one of the best movies like Life Of Brian (1979)
Comedy, Crime

Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)

Oscar night. Who will win? Who will lose? And will someone please kick that numbskull off stage? Wait! That's no ordinary numbskull. That's Lt. Frank Drebin, crashing the ceremonies to stop a terrorist plot that could mean curtains for him -- or will a simple window shade be enough?

Themes:absurdism
Mood:spoof
Story:farce,  disguise,  black comedy,  cult film,  mother son relationship

Dragnet (1987)
Comedy, Crime

Dragnet (1987)

Friday and Streebek are assigned to some very strange robberies, like i.e. the stealing of one bat, a 30 foot long snake and the mane of a lion from a zoo. All the latest BAIT magazines were also recently stolen, and some chemicals that when are mixed correctly develops a very deadly gas. All these thefts have one thing in common; visit cards with the word "PAGAN" left at the crime scenes. Solving these crimes, including why plenty of police vehicles have been stolen lately, involves the usual; to drink coffee at strip tease bars, rescue kidnapped virgins from drowning and lose their jobs. (Read More)

Mood:spoof
Story:speech impediment,  police raid,  disguise,  cult film,  chase

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