A LIAR'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY - THE UNTUE STORY OF MONTY PYTHON'S GRAHAM CHAPMAN, written and directed by Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson and Ben Timlett, based on the book by Chapman and David Sherlock, with Chapman, Terry Jones and John Cleese. An eOne release. 85 minutes. Opens Friday (November 16). For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: NNN
A Liar's Autobiography brings Monty Python's Graham Chapman back from the dead for an animated adaptation of his 1980 memoir.
A team of filmmakers unearthed unreleased Chapman recordings, reunited the surviving Pythons and hired Cameron Diaz to play Freud (why not?) for some loosely connected sketches about Graham's life.
There's no real throughline and the focus is on laughs, even when covering the comedian's infamous alcoholism, but an honest and appropriately surreal portrait of Chapman eventually emerges. The project is ultimately just for Python fans, though, with little appeal outside of the cult.
It's always nice to see that gang together again, but it's time for them to actually do something completely different.