Our hero, Brian Cohen, is born in a stable at Christmas, right next to You Know Who (no, not Voldemort). Wise men appear and begin to distribute gifts. Then the star moves on a little, so they have to take it all back and move on. Already we see how Brian’s life is going to pan out.
Looking for release from the Romans, Spiritual and political decay, the Jews are constantly seeking signs and one group decides Brian is the Messiah. Despite his and his Mother’s (“He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy.”) very best efforts, he cannot convince them he is not. He joins the Peoples’ Front of Judea, one of several dozen separatist groups who don’t actually do anything, but really, really hate each other, never mind the Romans. Whilst the film is not about Jesus, it is about those who didn’t have the time, or more pertinently, the interest to listen to his message.
There are many political and social comments made in the film, but as usual, opinions became divided and polarised to the extent that it was seen by many, and criticised on that basis, as a satire on the life of Christ.