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Religulous (2008)

Bill Maher , Tal Bachman , Larry Charles  |  R |  DVD
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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: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (999 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MFNB5I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,441 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Religulous" on IMDb

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In this new comedy from director Larry Charles (BORAT, "Seinfeld"), comedian and TV host Bill Maher ("Real Time with Bill Maher," "Politically Incorrect") takes a pilgrimage across the globe on a mind-opening journey into the ultimate taboo: questioning religion. Meeting the high and low from different religions, Maher simply asks questions, like "Why is faith good?" "Why doesn't an all-powerful God speak to us directly?" and "How can otherwise rational people believe in a talking snake?" For anyone who's even a little spiritually curious, this divine entertainment will deepen your faith...in comedy!

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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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175 of 205 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Religulous/Hilarious October 22, 2008
Format:Blu-ray
You don't have to pass an IQ test to be in the Senate.

If you build a diorama with animatronic dinosaurs and children coexisting, it must be true.

Dialing a phone on Sabbath is forbidden, dialing a phone with a stylus on Sabbath is allowed.

You will learn all this and more from Bill Maher's hilarious mockumentary, Religulous.

It is not often that a movie is so subversive, funny and educational all at once. Bill Maher certainly has his fair share of ego, but he has the comic chops to support it. In some of his interviews I wish he had gone further, but to do that he would have to have been more serious, less funny and ultimately have made a different movie.

But the movie he makes is brilliant, it shines a spotlight on some of the serious questions and inconsitencies in religion that people allow themselves to ignore. And his ultimate message is one that everyone needs to hear; there are things in this world that are not explained, and that's OK! Not every gap in human knowledge is God-shaped. Doubt is good, doubt makes us ambitious and inquisitive and humble. And that's not a bad way to be.
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122 of 145 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny . . . . Fluff March 6, 2009
Format:DVD
The FUNNY:
Bill Maher has produced a very clever, very funny, and very well edited documentary that satirizes religions of all colors and stripes. He asks many questions and interacts (as only he can) with a wide, if not imbalanced range of religious people. During this exercise, Bill brings up and reveals many embarrassing issues and hard questions that all people of faith must ask themselves and struggle with in today's world, like: the problem of Evil, the relationship faith has with science, the evils of organized religion: violence, repression and discrimination, talking snakes and many more. And he makes us laugh out loud as we watch.
The FLUFF
The most qualified person that he interviews is one of the first on the film. Bill talks with one of the world's greatest geneticists and avid defender of the Christian faith, Francis Collins. The interchange is disappointingly short and shallow, allowing Bill to get his two cents in while avoiding any real discussion. This interchange sets the standard for the rest of the movie. Bill is not going to deal with the intellectual field of religion, which is much larger and more mainstream than you'd ever gather from watching this feature. In fact besides the interview with with Dr. Collins, this film completely ignores philosophical-religion with its enormous history and focuses instead on the fundamentalist-inspired religious masses, which, bless their hearts, are mostly a product of a culturally-processed faith that has no tradition of serious thought. I'm not questioning the authenticity or depth of the faith of Bill's subjects, but there is no question that these adherents are not qualified to defend or in many cases even understand the details of their own religious systems.
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132 of 161 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Fifth Horseman On a Laughing Horse? October 6, 2008
Immediately after watching Religilous, I wanted to rate it a five. After I had a day to think about the film, I wanted to rate it a four. Now, a few days after that, I am going to rate it a three.

Religilous is a film tracking political comedian Bill Maher as he strolls about the country and world interviewing various people of faith in order to show how stupid and funny they are. I will say that the film is quite successful on both scores. The film has a very "Michael Moore"ish flavor to it, where the real delight comes from watching the interviewee's get skewered (while only a few seem to catch on that this is what Maher is doing, which makes it even funnier).

All of this is good and bad. As a non-believer, I have no problem with laughing at religious people and some of the whacky beliefs that they hold with a straight face. As one of moderate tempermant, however, I think that (a) Maher often picks easy targets (the anti-zionist Jew, the Trucker Christian Chapel). Secondly, after an hour and a half, Maher's interupting and coarse brand of interviewing becomes slightly less than charming if not, sometimes, simply abrasive. Much like Penn and Teller's Bullsh#t, the film is very funny for a while, but wears on you the more it plays on.

That accounts for one star. The next star deduction is because Maher's point - think Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens here - was very poorly made. Much of the film is a comedic laugh at religion only to suddenly turn very serioiusm cautioning about religion's detrimental effects and penchant for evil. The problem is that there is no build up from the first part (90 minutes) to the second part (20 minutes).
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319 of 399 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Review to Span Viewers of All Types February 5, 2009
Format:DVD
I watched this movie during a very key time of growing out of my Christian upbringing. I needed this movie to be able to laugh at not only how ridiculous religious dogma is, but to laugh at MYSELF for having once believed something that brought so much grief to my life. This movie was a breath of fresh air and a great stepping stone from a Bible-based upbringing here in the, "Bible belt." For this alone, I give the movie 5 stars. If you're teetering on the edge of belief and non-belief, this movie should pretty well give you the confidence to finally lean to one side or the other. Laughter and Bill Maher's predisposition aside, these people make their very own beliefs look ridiculous.

Highlights for me include parts like this one guy who claims he knows God because of the many, many miracles he has experienced; yet, when Bill asks him to give examples, the guy is unable to intially give any. In response, Bill questions how significant these miracles could've really been if the man is unable to recall even ONE when asked! When the man finally does come up with an example, it's incredibly laughable and you're left thinking, "wow, this guy should've kept his example to himself!" Granted, the man may have very well come up with his example just seconds after saying, "I don't know," but here again, the example he did give is preposterous.

Touching back on something I said in the first paragraph, this film also gave me permission to laugh at myself. Like many who lose their faith when they broaden their world view, this film was a resounding, "ahhhhh," when I realized issues like injustice and suffering don't fit in the equation of faith in the Judeo-Christian God for a reason.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
What a view of things!
Published 1 day ago by RICCOH
5.0 out of 5 stars How to get people to put their heads up their asses
Its hard to tell if people are pissed at Bill for asking questions, or pissed because they don't have believable answers. Read more
Published 2 days ago by sammy
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Maher is dead on with this movie!
Great movie! I reference this often when talking religion. I also very much enjoyed the film and enjoy sharing it with others.
Published 5 days ago by Alisha
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, scathing, and informative! Perfect for the religious...
Maher pulls no punches. This is one of my favorite films.
Published 13 days ago by Mark Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 14 days ago by Michael Gene Aryn
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable film. Funny and relevant!
I saw this in the theater, and to this date, it's one of only three movies I've seen get a standing ovation at the end. Great film! It's hilarious and it has a good point. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Mike Cabiness
5.0 out of 5 stars Ask Question !!!!
I loved this movie. Bill asks all the questions that most people should be asking themselves about religions !!! Read more
Published 16 days ago by Suzanne Greenwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Logic is impossible to ignore!
Logic is impossible to ignore. Every religulous person Bill talked to couldn't answere his .simple questions about their belief with any logical answere. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Michael Kern
4.0 out of 5 stars talking point with family
As a family we enjoyed watching and the conversation following viewing a little heated at times.
Published 19 days ago by fay grant
3.0 out of 5 stars While it had it's funny parts, it was hard to get over the ...
While it had it's funny parts, it was hard to get over the feeling that in several places it felt contrived. Some of the folks were just mocked and/or ambushed. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Greyhound37
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