|B+ B+ B+|
|Review by Finrod||Date seen: October 16, 2005|
|Viewing Location: dvd||Grade: B+|
|Summary: 'Additional material by Peter Sellers, John Cleese, Graham Chapman'|
Chances are you've probably heard this song on a classic rock station or some such, and never really knew where it came from. Well, it's by Paul McCartney from 1969, and it's the theme song for _The Magic Christian_.
First, the bad side-- the plot of this movie can be explained in one sentence: Peter Sellers plays Guy Grand, the richest man in the world, who adopts a bum sleeping in the park (Ringo Starr) as his heir, and the two of them proceed to see what all they can convince people to do for money.
Lack of a serious plot notwithstanding, this movie is loaded with amusing bits. John Cleese and Graham Chapman are both there (from before Monty Python!), and such names as Roman Polanski, Christopher Lee, and Racquel Welsh (as Priestess of the Whip, in an outfit that puts Carrie Fisher to shame!) only add to the effect. The humor is appropriately surreal, given when it was made (1969). If you enjoy Monty Python or Peter Sellers, you should see this movie.
"I should put quotes here."