Comedy spending rule

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The maxim that the more money is spent on making a comedy film, the less funny it will be. Prime examples are Evan Almighty, Ishtar, Town And Country and Steven Spielberg's 1941.

Conversely, Monty Python And The Holy Grail was made for just £229,575 - the coconuts joke is because they literally could not afford horses - and is regularly voted one of the funniest films of all time.

It might be argued that something like Meet The Spartans proves the rule (in the correct sense of "proves") - but then Mark's review of 300 was pithier, funnier, earlier and cost far, far less.