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
Criticizing it for the format of its argument is missing the point. If you're looking for a serious debate, look for Dawkins, Sagan, etc instead. Maher being a comedian doesn't necessarily means he's 'acting' as pointed out below, but the film/documentary is comedic, low-fi and obviously aimed at ridiculing the absurd beliefs held by different groups. Just a lighter way to tackle the subject, but just as necessary.
Despite the fact I pretty much agree with Maher's position, this is a terrible documentary. It is very easy to mock religion (often it mocks itself without realising) so to base a whole documentary on it automatically makes it impotent of any value. If atheists really want to make a documentary, they should make one pointing out the gaping holes in the theist's primary arguments.
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