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Religulous [Import]

Bill Maher , Tal Bachman , Larry Charles    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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Bill Maher incurs the wrath of multiple religious zealots of myriad faiths in Religulous, a snarky but unexpectedly powerful documentary. Maher bluntly disputes the value of religion in a world made increasingly dangerous, on the one hand, by fanaticism of all kinds and the human race's environmental self-destructiveness on the other. No one is immune from Maher's dogged questions about the illogic and negative fallout of doctrines that advocate violence or shun scientific evidence or marginalize minorities or punish anyone who disagrees with any religion's extreme tenets. Maher takes his inquiries to the Vatican; to small, evangelical Christian churches; to Jerusalem; to Amsterdam (where elements of an increasingly vocal Muslim community have shown violence toward critics); to a large, African-American church in a big city; and to several bizarre theme parks celebrating creationism and the life of Jesus. Wherever he goes, Maher seeks to demonstrate that many of the world's major religions are rife with hypocrisy, completely self-referential, and destructive to the collective good. The fast-moving, globe-trotting film is full of highlights, including a great scene where Maher, in disguise, argues for the core beliefs of Scientology to a bemused crowd at Speaker's Corner in London's Hyde Park. There's also a wonderful moment where Maher, just having been thrown out of the Vatican, gets a terrific interview with a maverick priest. Raised Catholic but in reality half-Jewish, Maher also spends time with his mother and sister trying to reconcile the role of religion in his childhood. Everything is really leading toward Maher's major point that atheists and agnostics are in a sizable minority but are afraid to speak out in these days of zealotry. If that minority stays in the background, Maher says, we may very well be heading toward catastrophe. --Tom Keogh

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Stephen Pletko TOP 50 REVIEWER

"The hour is getting very late to be able to indulge in having key decisions made by religious people, by irrationalists, by those who would steer the ship of state not by a compass but by the equivalent of reading the entrails of a chicken...The only appropriate attitude for [humans] to have about the big questions is not the arrogant certitude that is the hallmark of religion but doubt. Doubt is humble and that's what [humans] need to be, considering human history is just a litany of getting [things] dead wrong."

The above comes near the end of this funny, enlightening, and disturbing comedy/documentary film written by and starring political comedian Bill Maher.

A range of views on the many world religions are explored as Maher travels to various religious destinations like Jerusalem, the Vatican, and even Salt Lake City. He questions and interviews believers of diverse backgrounds and groups. Interviews include those with former members of Jesus for Jews, Christians, Muslims, and former Mormons. He even travels to Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park, London and, disguised, preaches Scientology beliefs.

I counted over 25 interviews. Interviews that stand out for me are with:

(1) Dr. Francis Collins, a Christian and American physician-geneticist, known for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and for his leadership of the Human Genome Project.
(2) Pastor John Wescott of "Exchange Ministries" which claims to help people "overcome homosexuality."
(3) Mark Pryor, Democratic US Senator from Arkansas.
(4) Ken Ham, Young Earth creationist and founder of "Answers in Genesis."
(5) Dr. Andrew Newberg, University of Pennsylvania research neuroscientist, interested in neurotheology.

This is a very informative film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should watch this!!! May 30 2009
Comedian Bill Maher tours the world talking about religion with everyone from truck drivers to Catholic Priets.

Whatever you believe, Christianity, Judeaism, the Koran, The Book of Morman or even agnostic, everyone should watch this with (and I strongly suggest) a "very" open mind.

Join Bill as he travels around America, the Middle East, the Vatican City and even a religious theme park in Florida trying to answer his own personal questions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Work Feb. 22 2012
By Dr. Mo
Awesome, I loved watching this video.

What a wonderful way to confront dogma. Even those who are brain washed for whatever reason should watch this with an open mind and question themselves.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch THIS Movie! May 1 2009
By Nick B.
Bill Maher is an amazing talent and his opinions and views of the world have often gotten him into trouble. This movie is no different. BUT! This is one of the most important movies that has come along in a long time. It asks us to use our intellect and dispels a number of myths being propagated by all organized religions. No one is spared. If you are deeply religious, you may be offended. On the other hand, if you are capable of thinking for yourself whether you are deeply religious or not, you may find this movie stimulating and it may lead you to discuss the issues brought up in this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and irreverent April 28 2014
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I enjoy Bill Maher's Real Time and his opinions. I appreciate the questioning he does on this research project. As a bonus, it is sometimes hilariously funny!
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By d'Pappy
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greets - if you're a fan of Bill Maher, then you'll probably enjoy this vid just for his cynical take on things religious - also, the editing, with its very funny inserts, produces a fair amount of laugh-out-loud moments - my biggest complaint, though, is how Bill doesn't seem to actually want to hear the people he's interviewing; he'd rather use them as comic straight men/women for his barbed retorts - I was very surprised he didn't get his lights punched out by someone taking offense to his comments - there it is ... my $0.02
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very fuuny Aug. 27 2013
By Alex
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I love the canadian edition with subtitles in French .Very funny movie ,true and hillourious to see again and again ..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it June 30 2013
By chucker
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Saw this at the Toronto Film Festival and wanted a copy of my own. Love it, love Bill Maher and his take on religion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Not the best documentary by any means but if you like Maher you can sort of over look it
Published 1 month ago by William A. Bolduc
1.0 out of 5 stars The Joke Is On The Viewer
While Maher viciously attacks Islam and Christianity he avoids any criticism of the Jewish faith. The obvious bias and one sided attacks make this a movie not worth your time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nite Owl
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
This movie is quite funny, and exposes the stupidity of ideas not founded on logic. Absoluely loved the political interviews.
Published 14 months ago by E.G
5.0 out of 5 stars Is there anyone else like Bill Maher?
Not for everybody, but you've got to admire Maher's guts. It's too bad some people will be angry and offended, but Maher is original and biting. Mark Twain on steroids.
Published 18 months ago by Daniel A Beaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite a Romp Through Usually unexplored Territory
Bill Maher has a wonderful ability to make comedy out of factual things. In this film, he turns his sights toward religion. Read more
Published 19 months ago by David Marchant
4.0 out of 5 stars Maher hits it right on.
Bill Maher may not be everyone's cup of tea but he is mine. I occassionally disagree with him but his dissection of religion is to the point and thought provoking. Read more
Published 20 months ago by L. McKellar
5.0 out of 5 stars Critical Message for All
Religulous is an excellent movie; it delivers a powerful and very important message and it does it quite eloquently, with humor. Religion is a delicate topic at best... Read more
Published on July 18 2012 by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary by Bill Maher, worthy of Michael Moore
Everybody who believe in religion should see this documentary made by Bill Maher, it could well be an eye-opener. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2011 by Joe Blo
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