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Religulous [Import]


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  • Actors: Bill Maher, Tal Bachman, Jonathan Boulden, Steve Burg, Francis Collins
  • Directors: Larry Charles
  • Writers: Bill Maher
  • Producers: Bill Maher, Alexandra Lambrinidis, Alon Tuval, Charlie Siskel, Flavia Oertwig
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: Feb. 17 2009
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MFNB5I

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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 on Sept. 15 2009
Format: DVD
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"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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Samuel J. Catt on June 12 2009
Format: DVD
Bill Maher does a good job here, mostly, and there is a great message overall on his behalf. There are some deeply funny moments as well. When they show the cut scene after one reverend talks about a young man wanting to kill himself and the reverend tells him, "That kind of passion you should have for god." I literally fell out of my chair laughing, one of those laughs that turns into muffled heaves, haven't done one of those in a looong time.

When he gets to the scenes with the Muslims I think the film kind of faulters, he didn't seem to understand the context and oversimplified things from a very "western," mind frame. To the films credit some of the muslims he interviews state that its hard to put into context. The people he interviewed from the Muslim community would probably be people that agree with his overall message though not with his oversimplification or grouping of the stated, "1 billion Muslims."
To really dig into, the dynamics of the the three Abrahamic religions and put into context is not exactly funny and another film all together. Though I think he could have done a better job and I don't like the Brush he paints over the Muslim world reinforcing negative stereotypes... he could have gotten a deep statement out of the Muslim woman perhaps that could have been insightful and reinforce his overarching message. He ceased to be tactful in this segment of the film.

Overall it raises an interesting perspective that I think is more accessible to a larger North American based audience than other films of a this genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heather Gatsby on May 30 2009
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By falcon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Feb. 28 2009
Format: DVD
this was certainly an interesting documentary.Bill Maher stars as
himself,as he goes on sort of a journey to different places both in
America and abroad,where the people have different religions.most of
the big religions are skewered equally.i like the fact that Maher
doesn't play favourites.he also says what he means,which is
refreshing.he brings up a lot of thought provoking questions,most of
them valid,and he's also funny.if you do belong to one of the big
religions in the world,this might not be your cup of tea.if you're on
the fence about joining a religion,this probably won't make your
decision any easier.if you're not affiliated with any of the big
religions,you will probably really enjoy this documentary.i give
Religulous a 4/5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CA on March 1 2009
Format: DVD
Thank you, Bill Maher! It was so comforting to see somebody who is brave and honest enough to say "I don't know" when he doesn't know something, and who expressed his own thoughts and opinions, even if they come in contradiction with wide-spread beliefs.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nick B. on May 1 2009
Format: DVD
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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