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Bill Maher: Be More Cynical (2005)

Bill Maher  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Bill Maher
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007G89GY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,401 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bill Maher: Be More Cynical" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

The wit and wisdom of Bill Maher are on display in this hour-long performance, recorded in San Francisco in 2000. Of course, just how witty and wise Maher appears will depend on one's socio-political stance. Outspoken if not outrageously controversial (this gig preceded his infamous remark on his Politically Incorrect show that the 9/11 hijackers were "not cowardly"), Maher espouses views on sex, the war on drugs, religion, and other popular (and, let's face it, easy) targets that are unlikely to endear him to, say, residents of most "red states." Still, there is one opinion that this self-proclaimed Libertarian and his conservative counterparts might well share--namely, that big government is decidedly not a beautiful thing. Indeed, Maher's point is that we need to "be more cynical" not for its own sake, but so that we might avoid being duped by the real cynics out there, like those in Congress who sue Big Tobacco even as they line their own pockets with campaign contributions from those same companies. Elsewhere, although Maher doesn't specialize in one-liners, he does have some good lines: Princess Diana was "a lovely housewife who did some charity work"; when it comes to being faithful in a relationship, "men are only as loyal as their options"; those who claim to comprehend God's will really only "understand God as your dog understands you." The main problem with some of this material is that it's dated; taking shots at George W. Bush before he was elected for the first time isn't exactly fresh years after the fact. --Sam Graham

Product Description

Bill Maher, creator of the immensely popular late-night talk show Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher and host of the HBO hit series Real Time with Bill Maher, displays his celebrated, biting wit in the HBO Comedy Special, Bill Maher: Be More Cynical. Doing what he loves most, stand-up comedy, Maher rips through a horde of contemporary topics, from the evils of big government to the bewildering power women have over men, and delivers a landmark performance that re-affirms why he is one of today's brightest and most revered comedians.

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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent souvenir of a Bill Maher show! May 3, 2005
I finally got to see Bill Maher on tour last year and it was two hours of very profound statements with a funny delivery. Him, along with Henry Rollins, are the masters of the spoken word. I can listen to both rant for hours on end about the state of our country. They are dead on accurate, with biting humor to boot!

This DVD is from a show in San Francisco sometime in the summer of 2000. Although it doesn't give a date on the DVD, you know from Bill Maher that his comments are current, so if you're expecting to hear him speak about the war in Iraq or Abu Ghraib...those were things he discussed on his tour last year (which I hope will be released on DVD). On this DVD, he talks about his usual favorite subjects...drugs, the annoyance of children, complaints about women's dishonesty, defense of Clinton's affair with an intern, the idiocy of Bush and the Republican party, and his skewering of religious ideology. I particularly loved that this DVD included a reaction when some unseen audience member in the balcony yelled out to Bill that "Jesus saves!" His reaction and irreverent comments are downright funny and right on target! I loved how he compared unbelievable Bible stories that people believe literally happened with equivalent fairy tales that no one believes happened (he compared the apple from the forbidden tree in Genesis to the poison apple of "Snow White" and other similiar comparisons). To hear him say that does point out the obvious...why believe one but not the other? And what does believing in one but not the other have anything to do with how you treat people?

Bill does claim to believe in God on this DVD, though I always had the impression that he was an atheist. He defends Jesus from the people who claim to be the most devout followers...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You've got to admire the honesty; I love this man..... September 3, 2008
By Medusa
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Bill Maher, the timid observer, always has something to say about politics and society.
I was always amazed by how obvious his observations were, and how blind people choose to be.
True, be more cynical is few years old, but it is as funny and accurate as "The Decider".

Finally some body agrees with me on the big deal made over Clinton's scandal, Lady Diana's image, Al Gore, Reagan, and Bush junior, especially junior. Listen to Bill's observations about advertisement, drugs, republicans, death, religion (how religions are manipulated by people and how faith in God doesn't necessarily lead you to religion), aging (menopause = men on pause), the protected classes and their double standards (especially women), Barbie and Ken (Ken comes separately), and the male agenda "men are as loyal as their options, women should stop complaining about men until they develop better taste in them.....".

I especially enjoy how Bill reacts when some audience rudely interrupts him, I actually wish for that to happen. I just love how witty and ready Bill is; even Medusa might not keep up with him.

When Maher refers to Clinton's levels of lies, it finally occurred to me why people like Maher don't choose politics; they simply can't lie. I believe the world would be much better if more clean minds like Maher existed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Rule October 27, 2007
New Rule: Don't review a product on the basis of it being a few years out of date by the time you got it. 'It was released in 2005, but it's from 2000--I've been dupped!'

Come on now. Just look at his full head of hair on the cover. So you get some very funny commentary on the Clintons and the issues of the day, circa negative 5 years. Wow, someone got taken to ringer!

This DVD is a classic, through and through. This contains some of his best comedy since the late 80's-early 90's. Very funny stuff, well executed.

This DVD takes us back to a better time, but Maher never let's us forget the idiocy of both parties and the trouble with political contention.

Great show.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars definitely not recommended for sheep January 12, 2006
this is one of the best stand-ups of all-time. how can anyone who isn't a sheep argue with this? yes this was made before bush jr. was put into office,but it's just as important today as it was than,definitely not dated.saying that would be like saying that lenny bruce is dated.and i mention the innovator because maher reminds me of him in that he has very large cojones to be able to say the things that he says,without resisting to government paid money,ala dennis miller.bill maher is one of those rare gems like bill hicks and george carlin who know what they are talking about,especially when it comes to the truths.ok maybe i don't agree with absolutley everything that maher says but i don't have to and still be able to appreciate the irony of it all.i recommend checking out everything that this and the other names mentioned out.not only do they dare you to think,god forbid,but they also make you laugh without really trying.can't recommend it enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Bill Maher winner September 26, 2009
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What can I say, I'm a huge fan of Bill Maher and always enjoy his humor and political statements. I was not disappointed in this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, Raw, Bill Maher December 2, 2012
I am a fan of Bill's later stand-up routines, Real Time HBO, and saw him live in 2010. This special, however, is way more opinionated and directed than I have ever seen. By 2012 standards, this is out there! If you are interested in Bill's ideas, this is the special for you. If you like his poop jokes, don't buy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it !
Great show. Thank you
Published 7 days ago by nlynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 15 days ago by Olde Toby
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star Service
The best of the best! It will make a fan out of anyone. If you love Bill, this is a must.
Published 4 months ago by VAPORMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars way awesome
bill maher is always hilarious, and on point with his political, and religious view points. love this dvd. must see
Published 5 months ago by Richard Buckendorf
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Cynical but am I Cynical enoughj
In Your Face Humour. Lifts the Roughs of Modern City Life. For Thosewho like something other than Toucy-Feely. Ronald Regan wouldn't have liked it
Published 13 months ago by DM SHERWOOD
3.0 out of 5 stars Not His Best, and Dated
This program was filmed by HBO in the Fall of 2000. Because much of Maher's humor is political, there's a lot of dated material, which is fine with me because I agree with... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Diego Banducci
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Great, I loved it! I dont like writing reviews though. i i i i i i i i love it
Published 17 months ago by al
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Maher
He make many good points. Cynicism is made fashionable in this one. You'll like it if you like Bill Maher.
Published 20 months ago by Larry C Longwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Maher at his best
Huge fan of Bill Maher. He's always on par with his comedic genious. This one is witty funny and must have.
Published on August 12, 2012 by Inga Wuerges
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Advice, Good Laughs
Sure there are plenty of political jokes, but they are about the Bush v. Gore election. And Monica Lewinsky, to the extent she was political. Read more
Published on May 13, 2012 by Barbara Frederick
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