After taking on Arthurian legend in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the British satirists tackle prickly subjects like religious dogma, Biblical movies and guerrilla groups in this inventive, controversial and often-banned comedy. Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman) is born in a stable next door to, and on the same day as, Jesus. Later, after joining the fractious People’s Front of Judea, a young Brian is forced to hide, at one point posing as a prophet parroting some of Jesus’ rhetoric. A blindly devoted following ensues. When a naked Brian, after a night of love-making, awakes to a large gathering outside his mother’s home, she tries to shoo away the crowd. “He’s not the messiah,” she says, “he’s a very naughty boy.” More about religious hypocrisy than condemning Christianity, Life of Brian is smartly naughty, too. It also gave us the Python staple Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.