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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!
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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Religulous the soundtrack
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Wonderful....much truth in a very amusing way.....brilliantly funny and profound as well !Published 9 days ago by perspective
Bill Maher is witty and ultimately helped me come to terms with my true beliefs. I find it hard to be both logical and believe in some of the religious ideologies that Bill pokes... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Joshua B.
This consistently entertaining film effectively conveys the absurdity of religion - the mindless acceptance of mythology as reality. Read morePublished 10 days ago by RRE
I absolutely LOVE this movie...
Bill Maher is going around looking into religion......
Its fascinating to me how many people defend their religion with the... Read more
As a lifelong atheist, I really enjoyed this documentary.. especially the 'final message'.
When my raised Catholic wife watched it, she was unusually quiet for (3)... Read more
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion (that's my opinion) and I value Bill Maher's in this film. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Chris Smith
Definitely good, but nothing unexpected or revealing in the flick. In several instances, Bill has the golden opportunity of going straight for the jugular, but instead opts for the... Read morePublished 15 days ago by D
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I differ. I just finished watching "Religulous" and found it to achieve a great deal more than what "The God Delusion" and other works by New Atheists had. Maher brilliantly presented some real problems that, for me, goes far beyond mockery. "Tired temporal dance of... Read More
Sep 5, 2009 by calmly | See all 4 posts
Witch hunt? Really? If there were one thing that I'd think we could all agree upon, it would be that fortysomething men shouldn't drug and rape thirteen year old girls. But, hey, maybe I'm just a prude.
Jan 11, 2010 by W. P. Means | See all 13 posts
|Why are movies not available to rent the same day as they are available...||
??? Video stores get new movies a week or so before the release date; this gives them time to set up any promotions that the store owners or the movie company want to set up. Some movie distributors set up agreements with different vendors to release movies on certain days and in certain ways.... Read More
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