Life of Brian
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- "Oh no it isn't."
 Important points
Life of Brian, as well as being hilarious, brings up some important aspects about the nature of cults. It very clearly shows the speed that they propagate and get out of hand, as well as the gullibility of the followers and their ability to blindly do anything their "leader" says; even if their leader didn't actually say it or in fact said the opposite.
It also takes several digs at "revolutionary" groups, showing the extent to which such movements can splinter and be at each others' throats over hair-splitting disagreements, and showing the extent to which many such groups are all talk and no action.
Forget it being a parody of Jesus and his rise to "fame," it's a documentary!
Many Christian groups opposed the film's supposed anti-Christian message, despite such a message being curiously absent from the film. It seems that the controversy has much in common with the Harry Potter-related controversies in that no one who was upset by the film had watched it or even knew anything about it other than what another offended person told them. The Pythons had a "debate" with Malcolm Muggeridge and the Bishop of Southwark on an hour-long chat show. The Bishop severely criticized them and was able to appear to win the debate by burying the Pythons in a flood of logical fallacies and nonsense. After many years, several Christian groups and churches had showings of the movie after realizing it was just a funny movie that had little if any blasphemous material.