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Bill Maher - I'm Swiss (2005)

Bill Maher , Michael Drumm  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bill Maher
  • Directors: Michael Drumm
  • Writers: Bill Maher
  • Producers: Bill Maher, Michael Drumm, Andrea Allen, Marc Gurvitz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ANVQ5U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,401 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bill Maher - I'm Swiss" on IMDb

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Bill Maher, the country's most irreverent comedian, exposes the hypocrisy, delusions and ridiculousness of American life with biting wit in this rapidfire stand-up performance.

"I don't hate America," comedian Bill Maher declares during I'm Swiss, recorded in March 2005 in Portland, OR. "I love America. (But) I'm embarrassed." And there we have not only the source of the title (his discomfiture, he jokes, has led him to pretend he's from another country) but also the crux of Maher's overall presentation on this, his third DVD taken from a program that was first shown on HBO. Maher's tendency toward smugness and superiority regularly provoke the wrath of his opponents on the far right. But despite his disingenuous claims to the contrary ("I'm not making this up, I'm just reporting," or "I'm not being partisan"), he certainly can't be accused of not having a point of view. His targets are many in I'm Swiss, ranging from reality TV to Cialis ("the boner pill") and even Civil War reenactments, but he reserves most of his scorn for "the morals and values crowd" and George W. Bush. He excoriates the former for turning the '04 presidential election into "a referendum on boys kissing," part of their campaign to "legislate taste" while using their "nonsensical and spiritually unnecessary" religious devotion to claim the high moral ground. As for Bush, Maher's comment that "sometimes this guy is so retarded, he could be on death row in Texas" is one of his milder jabs; and when it comes to the Iraq war, describing Baghdad as "the galleria at Halliburton Square" pretty much sums up Maher's feelings about that. Much of what Maher says during this 99-minute monologue (plus a Q&A session with the audience that's included in the bonus material) is genuinely funny, especially a segment called "Master P's Theater," in which he translates rap lyrics from Ebonics into "white." But make no mistake about it: Bill Maher is one infuriated fellow, and whether you love him or loathe him, I'm Swiss provides ample food for thought. --Sam Graham

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66 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A typically wise and funny Bill Maher production August 11, 2005
Unlike many people who try to joke about politics, Bill Maher has the distinction of being extremely funny. Even if you disagree with his opinions (as I do when he talks about religion--I happen to believe that religious not only is compatible with leftist thinking, but that the New Testament promotes it), he is very, very funny. Anyone who has seen POLITICALLY INCORRECT or his current show REAL TIME have repeatedly seen those who stand as far to the right as possible laughing their heads off as Maher makes one quip after another. There is no denying that he is a funny, funny man, and he is very funny in this comedy routine, a routine that originally appeared on HBO as a comedy special.

Maher is also, unfortunately, one of the most astute political commentators in America. I say unfortunately because, as Jon Stewart has repeatedly pointed out, there is something extremely sad about two of the finest political analysts in America being comedians. In fact, the only two political columnists I consistently rate above Maher and Stewart for depth of insight are Paul Krugman and E. J. Dionne. Typically, Maher is perceived as being very far to the left, but that is actually somewhat a freak of the times. At many points in the history of the U.S. he would probably be perceived as being much further to the right. He is in many regards, as he often points out himself, a classic libertarian, though without the utopian mania about the blessings that a completely unfettered free market would generate. But he is in many regards pretty much a classic Jeffersonian. Jefferson famously wrote in his NOTES ON VIRGINIA: "It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. In neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I think I'm Swiss too. July 4, 2006
I've been a fan of Bill Maher for a long time. So when I bought "I'm Swiss," I had a vague idea of what to expect from him. It is Bill Maher after all! I know all about his politics and his usual routines, but this special was way more than I expected. Not only is he extremely funny, but he hits hard and makes many good points about the state of the country in which we live. It is just too good! Even my mom, who has seen all of his other work, said that this is his best special by far. Longer too, running about 90 minutes give or take ten. If you find the society in which we live here in America embarrasing then pick this up, laugh until you pass out, and then decide for yourself whether or not youi're Swiss too.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
After seeing Maher's brilliant "Be More Cynical" and "Victory Begins at Home" performances, (as well as the home-run "New Rules" segments on HBO's Real Time), I found "I'm Swiss" to be a comedic disappointment. That is, if this is even intended to be a comedy show.

Maher's views are a much appreciated departure from the lock-step drivel spewed by our conservative media, but billed as a comedy show (if that's how it is billed), this performance falls remarkably short. Maher's previous DVDs are both thought provoking and hilarious, while "I'm Swiss" is merely thought provoking. It's not so awkward that you're squirming in your seat when the laughs don't come as you would with other comedians--in fact there's probably very few comedians that could really do a show like this. Maher proves he doesn't have to be funny to be watchable. But ultimately this becomes a "spoken word" performance for Maher--for better or for worse--and therefore I have to conclude it's also really not material for the uninitiated. If you're already familiar with Maher's genius, you'll probably like this--but laugh-out-loud funny it is not.

On perhaps a "positive" note (depending on your viewpoint) Maher steers unusually clear of the topic of women on this DVD. So perhaps this content will go over easier with those who on previous releases may have been quick to characterize Maher as a misogynist or be easily offended. Personally I missed that material as there's really no one out there who speaks as Maher does on these types of topics, but he sticks almost entirely to politics on this one.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not a plant! November 18, 2005
As the Director of this DVD, I must let everyone know that the crazed Christian special feature was FOR REAL! We couldn't believe our good fortune when we ran across him going wild-- screaming at all the Maher fans entering the building! He was so proud, he gave us permission to use him in the piece. Pretty great true reality TV!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant commentary on our times December 12, 2005
Even if this DVD is not a laugh a minute, Maher's astute commentary and ability to say out loud so much of what I have been thinking for the past year (!) make this performance wonderfully entertaining. I know that there must be people out there who think the way he does as well, as I can't be Maher's only fan. Don't get me wrong...there are plenty of laughs. He just takes his time in setting up jokes and also gives some lengthy explanations and opinions, all welcome in my view. I was never bored watching this. Bush fans be warned: this DVD is not for you. Maher gives me hope at a time when I had begun to think that I am living in a place where no one thinks as I do, and I actually clapped to the television several times. Ridiculous I know, but I have only my dogs and cats as witnesses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great show!
Wonderful thank you !!
Published 2 months ago by nlynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Olde Toby
3.0 out of 5 stars dated material but still fun.
the materials here are already dated. but still some topics are thought provoking. he makes fun
of a lot of issues. Read more
Published on May 20, 2012 by sexy dancer
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful & Funny
We have watched this several times now: shared with friends.
I bought it for the title and found it to be One of My Favorites Bill Maher dvd's. Smart. Funny. Read more
Published on August 20, 2011 by mgp
4.0 out of 5 stars Apartheid, American style
A religious nut protesting outside the theater where Bill Maher is to appear sets the tone for I'M SWISS, a documentary/concert film of the comedian's 2005 Portland, Oregon,... Read more
Published on January 17, 2010 by J. L LaRegina
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and poignant
Bill Maher has been funny since "Politically Incorrect" and his show "Real Time" is great, but I believe his true calling is stand-up. Read more
Published on November 28, 2007 by D. L. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As "Victory" or "Cynical," But Good.
The downfall of this production IS the production. Horrible angles, spotty lighting, etc.
However, this is still a very good show, with Maher at his most irreverent. Read more
Published on October 28, 2007 by J. Ronthi
5.0 out of 5 stars Right on Bill
Bill-- I love the way you express yourself. You make this world funny and also you tell it like it is. You are one of a ind who can inject humor- but tell it like it is. Read more
Published on August 23, 2007 by Mizzou
2.0 out of 5 stars Miserable Angry Performance
I've seen Bill Maher live and really liked him. I like his New Rules CD even if it is a little flat without an audience - same as Miller's readings. Read more
Published on June 14, 2007 by EDK
5.0 out of 5 stars I video every Amercian should see.
Bill is so refreshing as he speaks his mind no matter how politically incorrect.
Published on November 15, 2006 by Dr. Kendra Pearsall
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