Bill Maher interviews some of religion’s oddest adherents. Muslims, Jews and Christians of many kinds pass before his critical eye. Maher goes to a Creationist Museum in Kentucky, which shows that dinosaurs and people lived at the same time 5000 years ago. He talks to truckers at a Truckers’ Chapel. (Sign outside: “Jesus love you.”) He goes to a theme park called Holy Land in Florida. He speaks to a rabbi in league with Holocaust deniers. He talks to a Muslim musician who preaches hatred of Jews. Maher finds the unlikeliest of believers and, in a certain Vatican priest, he even finds an unlikely skeptic. —IMDb
One of the more subversive figures in late 20th century and early 21st century comedy, Larry Charles was a former stand-up who brought a sense of enlightened anarchy to such groundbreaking series as “Seinfeld” (NBC, 1989-1998) and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO, 2000- ) as well as to big screen hits like “Borat” (2006). A provocateur whose skill at intelligent, absurdist humor was matched – or countered – by his penchant for gross-out gags, Charles’ creations amassed a huge fan base that elevated him to the forefront of the comedy scene. Not every project matched “Borat” and “Seinfeld” in popularity, but when Charles struck pay dirt, it invariably made headlines and furthered his status as one of the industry’s most creative figures.
Born in Brooklyn, NY on Feb. 20, 1956 and raised in Brighton Beach, Charles developed a healthy skepticism for established institutions, especially religion, through the twin influences of his pious grandfather and his father, who used puns and wordplay… read more
I hate how this man acts as if he is superior to religion and made a whole fucking arrogant, smug documentary about how much he hates religion. Yet this is the guy who supports capital punishment and spoke in an interview about how we should just 'get rid of' criminals in such a biblical, barbaric way. I have no respect for Maher nor do I have respect for Religulous, no matter how much I agree with its content.
There's a place for a good, fair documentary about the limits of faith. This isn't it. Bill Maher's smug attack on religion comes off less as a disarming critique and more like plain old bullying. If the film had an interest in something besides shooting sedated fish in a miniature barrel, it might be worthwhile, but in the end it's too unbearably conceited to say anything interesting.
Or don't, because the claims made in that movie are equally as absurd as the whole basis of the religion which this and that movie bash on. Their most relevant claim to Christianity being false was their pointing out the comparative similarities between almost totally irrelevant aspects of it with other religions, which totally ignores all of the particularist aspects of all religions involved, which is frankly demoralizing, ignorant, and plainly done with a biased agenda. The differences between the religions outweigh the similarities. Outside of exaggerating the importance of these things, they also are just flat out inaccurate; if I remember correctly they hang on the fact that Horus was born in December 31st, when the bible never says anything about Jesus being born on that day, and they say the bible is largely based on astrology, which I would like to be shown. Also, how is it possible that they based the twelve disciples, etc. on the twelve zodiac signs, when the zodiac didn't even exist? And I remember that there was more, but am not willing to expend the effort re-watching that horribly low-production movie lol. I'm all for bashing on religion, especially Christianity, but at least do it intelligently. Or with humor, like Bill Maher.
Me being a religious, philosophical, and certified stoner this film was fucking hilarious, and poses a great question and gives you no reason not to become an atheist, it hasn’t changed my religious… read review
An unpleasant array of emotions washed over me as I watched “Religulous,” Bill Maher’s anti-religionist documentary: shock, shame, horror, denial. Do these religious fundamentalists really still exist… read review