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Religulous
- Bill Maher

Overview - Bill Maher travels to Israel, England, the Netherlands, Vatican City, and across America, speaking to people about faith and religion in the very funny documentary RELIGULOUS. Maher, a stand-up comedian who has hosted the talk shows POLITICALLY INCORRECT on ABC and REAL TIME on HBO and has written such bestsellers as DOES ANYBODY HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT?  Read more...

 
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Overview

Bill Maher travels to Israel, England, the Netherlands, Vatican City, and across America, speaking to people about faith and religion in the very funny documentary RELIGULOUS. Maher, a stand-up comedian who has hosted the talk shows POLITICALLY INCORRECT on ABC and REAL TIME on HBO and has written such bestsellers as DOES ANYBODY HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT? and WHEN YOU RIDE ALONE, YOU RIDE WITH BIN LADEN, reaches out to religious leaders as well as regular folk on the street, discussing the existence of God and the importance of organized religion. Maher makes it clear from the start that he is not a fan of religion and does not believe in God, and he has fun skewering people who do--including Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Mormons, rabbis, priests, politicians, scientists, evangelical ministers, and even a preacher whose church is a converted truck. He also visits such places as the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida, where he interviews the actor who plays Jesus in a live show there, and the Red Light District in Amsterdam, notorious for its legalized drugs and prostitution. As he has done on his television programs and in his books, Maher questions literal interpretations of the Bible, seeing it more as a collection of fairy tales. Director Larry Charles (BORAT, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM) intersperses clips from Hollywood films about religion to punctuate Maher's points, often to hilarious effect. The soundtrack is also used effectively, including such songs as the Doobie Brothers' "Jesus Is Just Alright," Ben Folds's "Jesusland," and Billy Bragg and Wilco's "Christ for President." Like such Michael Moore documentaries as FAHRENHEIT 9/11 and BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE, Maher's RELIGULOUS uses humor--and lots of cynicism and sarcasm--to examine controversial theories and topics that people feel very strongly about, no matter what side of the fence they are on. In addition to making audiences laugh, RELIGULOUS will make them think.

Cast List

Dr. Brian Weiss
Dr. Francis Collins
Jonah Smith - Executive Producer
Kathy Maher
Jeff Groth - Editor
Christian Kinnard - Editor
Ray Suarez
Larry Charles - Director, MASKED AND ANONYMOUS (2003)
Aki Nawaz
Julie Maher
Jeff Werner - Editor
Jeffrey M. Werner - Editor
Bill Maher - American Comedian
Andrew Newberg
Palmer West - Producer, UNITED STATES OF LELAND (2004)
Mark Pryor
Anthony Hardwick - dir. photography, Borat, (2006)

 
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    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 101
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 031398105404
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: April 2010

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Movies > World History/Culture

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Reviews:
"[T]hose with a taste for irreverent humor and clear-eyed analysis will find it funny, enlightening and disturbing." - 10/01/2008 USA Today


"[T]he movie has the same loose, on-the-road structure as BORAT. Much of Mr. Maher's film is extremely funny in a similarly irreverent, offhanded way." - 10/01/2008 New York Times


"He's a bombs-away provocateur, and in RELIGULOUS, Maher's blasphemous detonation of all things holy and scriptural, he doesn't really pretend to play fair. He's like Lenny Bruce with an inquiring mind and a video camera." -- Grade: A- - 10/10/2008 Entertainment Weekly, p.49


3 stars out of 5 -- "Bill Maher would have been burned at the stake if his hellishly hilarious and surprisingly thoughtful satire on organized religion had played the Inquisition." - 10/16/2008 Rolling Stone, p.82


"Maher has an appealing enough presence that the movie ceaselessly entertains....It's engaging and often quite fun to sympathize with Maher's agenda." - 10/03/2008 Premiere

 
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