Rated R ; 94 minutes; opening today at the Tower Theatre.
The Pythons' irreverent spoof of biblical epics returns to mark its 25th anniversary and to cash in shamelessly on the release of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ." The late Graham Chapman plays Brian, a hapless Judean who gets in trouble when he is mistaken for the Messiah. ("He's not a messiah; he's a very naughty boy," says his mum, played by Terry Jones, who directed.) Through their humor and absurdist takes, like the infamous crucifixion scene where everyone sings "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," the Pythons take satirical aim at the dangers of blind religious fervor - which makes "Brian," ironically enough, the perfect complement to Gibson's blood-soaked film.