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Meaning of Life, The, Dinner Guests ()

Site Rating: 70%
(ratings: 3)
Writeup Rating: 80%
(ratings: 3)
Film: Meaning of Life, The (1983)
Deceased Character: Dinner Guests
Archetype: Ambivalent (Minor)
Killed by: Grim Reaper (John Cleese)
Killed with: Salmon Mousse


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Written by Old Bluffer 2nd Feb 2006

A middle class dinner party in rural England turns into a salmon mousse induced massacre.
Death duly turns up, but is mistaken for "one of the little men from the village who reaps" and is invited inside for a glass of wine.
What follows is a beautifully Pythonesque portrayal of how to deal with the fact that you've died when you're with guests.
The Englishman reminds Death that he's "a guest in this house" and the American tries to bully his way into control by talking over everybody.

The poor hostess is just distraught that she's been caught serving tinned Salmon Mousse (and botulism) - that is just "social death".

Death finally tires of the surreal banter and "reaps" all of them, and they follow him to the afterlife in their middle class cars.


A classic moment as the confused Englishman thinks Death has turned up to talk "about the hedges".


Howard Katzenberg from Philadelphia gets a good telling:
"Shut up! Shut up, you American. You always talk, you Americans. You talk and you talk and say 'let me tell ya somethin' and 'I just wanna say this'. Well, you're dead now, so shut up!"



Poor Debbie Katzenberg in the background didn't even eat the salmon, but is too polite to tell Death this so is killed anyway.

Keywords: Monty Python



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What about "Disease" or "Poison"?