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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.
  • Families can talk about A Liar's Autobiography's heavy sexual content. How is sex portrayed? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
  • Why do you think the character drinks so much? What are the consequences of his drinking?
  • Does the movie make fame look enticing, or does it show a bad side as well?
  • Though Chapman claims to be lying throughout his "autobiography," which parts appear to be true? What makes them different?
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