A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman

2012 R 1h 24m DVD

A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman

2012 R 1h 24m DVD
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Through a variety of animation styles, this unconventional biopic tells the extraordinary and utterly inaccurate story behind late Monty Python member Graham Chapman, who recorded passages from his autobiography shortly before his death in 1989.
Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Cameron Diaz, Carol Cleveland, Stephen Fry, Diana Kent, Lloyd Kaufman, Tom Hollander
Jeff Simpson, Bill Jones, Benjamin Timlett
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman is an animated film that uses the voice of the actual Graham Chapman, who died in 1989 but recorded an audio version of the book the movie is based on before then. Despite the participation of fellow former Monty Python members John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, and Terry Jones, this isn't your typical Python movie. Although it's animated, the sequences range from surreal to bizarre, and the content is very graphic, with strong sexual material and imagery (including both same- and opposite-sex pairings), as well as some animated blood and gore, heavy language (many uses of "f--k"), and innuendo. The main character abuses both sex and liquor and smokes a pipe throughout. There are few consequences for any of his iffy behavior, so if your teens do end up watching, be prepared to discuss the movie's messages about the "rewards" of fame.

Sexual Content

The main character appears to be a sex addict, or, at the very least, is extremely promiscuous. He sleeps with many partners (both male and female) over the course of the movie, and -- though the film is animated -- many details are shown (naked breasts, pubic hair, etc.). There are surreal images of penises and strong sexual innuendo throughout, including the song "Sit on My Face."


In an animated scene, the main character imagines severed limbs hanging from trees and littering the streets. A policeman looks for missing heads, while characters step over (and on) various bloody stumps. In this sequence, the character is portrayed as a small child who's looking at all this stuff. There's also a sequence in which the main character wrestles himself, also with bloody, severed limbs. In other sequences, a character is sliced open, and there's an aerial dogfight.


Language is very strong, with the focus on sexual innuendo/terms. Words include "f--k," "t-ts," "scrotum," "bugger off," "hell," "vagina," and "balls."

Social Behavior

Becoming famous leads Chapman to a life of parties and celebrity friends, as well as sex and alcohol abuse. Teens may see these things as the "rewards" that come with fame and success. At some point, Chapman begins acknowledging these problems, but there are few consequences for his actions, and he's not exactly redeemed.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The main character develops a drinking problem and is seen drinking and drunk throughout. Hard liquor is his drink of choice, but he seems to drink just about anything. He has a "freakout"/detox scene, after which he gives up drinking -- with difficulty. He also smokes a pipe throughout and is seen as a small boy smoking a pipe.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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