It was the last film to feature all six Python members before Graham Chapman died in Unlike Holy Grail and Life of Brian , the film's two predecessors, which each told a single, more-or-less coherent story,  The Meaning of Life returned to the sketch format of the troupe's original television series and their first film from twelve years earlier, And Now for Something Completely Different , loosely structured as a series of comic sketches about the various stages of life. It was accompanied by the short film The Crimson Permanent Assurance. The film appears in a list of the top 20 cult films published by The Boston Globe. A group of fish in a posh restaurant's tank swim together casually, until they look at the customers outside of the tank and see their friend Howard being eaten. This leads them to question the meaning of life. The question is explored in the first sketch, "The Miracle of Birth", which features a woman in labour being ignored by the doctors in favour of impressing the hospital's medically-clueless administrator.
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By Sam Creighton for the Daily Mail. She never hesitated to make the most of her voluptuous figure in their sketches, but at times the Monty Python boys went too far even for Carol Cleveland. I have read he is the richest. They have all done very well. It was in London and I lasted six months.
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Very few characters of the BBC television series Monty Python's Flying Circus appeared in more than one episode, and when they did, it was usually to link sketches together. A few well-known characters are described below. Played by Michael Palin.