Watch: Religulous 2008 123movies, Full Movie Online – Bill Maher interviews some of religion’s oddest adherents. Muslims, Jews and Christians of many kinds pass before his jaundiced 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..
Plot: Commentator-comic Bill Maher plays devil’s advocate with religion as he talks to believers about their faith. Traveling around the world, Maher examines the tenets of Christianity, Judaism and Islam and raises questions about homosexuality, proof of Christ’s existence, Jewish Sabbath laws, violent Muslim extremists.
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Definitely worth seeing or demonstrating against!
I watched Bill Maher’s new movie, Religulous at it’s world premiere at the Traverse City Film Festival. It was one of the first films to sell out at the festival, selling out in just the first couple days of sales.
Okay… now for the movie review: for those of you who thought that Dawkin’s “Root of all evil” or “Jesus Camp” were powerful statements, then you might want to wear diapers because you might just crap yourself. Religulous doesn’t take prisoners. It addresses Christianity, Scientology, Mormonism,Islam, and other religions. Bill Maher travels around the word, visiting the Wailing Wall, USA Bible Belt, Salt Lake City, and other locations while interviewing a wide range of religious leaders and followers.
Throughout the interviews, Bill throws out zingers and the joke timing is impeccable. Like the pro-creationist movie “Expelled”, Religulous cuts to a variety of old film stock when making jokes. Although it fails at times, I would say the vast majority of the cuts connect and generates hearty laughs.
The first third of the film deals with Christianity and several offshoots of it. Here, the movie shines. It is hilarious! Poking jab after jab into insane ideas by asking simple questions.
Unfortunately, the move starts to slow down after he lampoons Scientology. Dressed as a vagrant, he appears in Hyde Park’s Speaker’s Corner and runs through Scientology’s belief structure… appearing as a raving lunatic while accurately describing what that religion teaches.
By the time it deals with Islam, a lot of inertia has been lost. Although it still delivers some funny bits, the movie is much more subdued. Granted, anytime you are dealing with a subject so inflammatory that people have been killed over it, you tread lightly, but I think Christians will criticize the movie for being softer on Islam than on Christianity. The sad thing is that it’s true. Being the more dangerous religion, people seem to be treating Islam with kid gloves. I wonder how long before other religions start adopting that tactic as they become threatened by critics? The ending is a fiery call to action for freethinkers. Rousing music & inflammatory speech hammer the dangers of religion into the audience. Propaganda techniques? Yes. Pretty heavy-handed about it too. However, I think it’s needed. The flow of the movie needed something to bring things together and although thick with images and rhetoric… it is a solid ending.
Is it worth seeing? Hell yes! Will people be offended? Most definitely. Will there be protesters? There should be, this is far more blasphemous than “Dogma”, “Passion of the Christ”, or “The DeVinci Code”.
Comparing “Expelled” to “Religulous”, it’s pretty quickly apparent that Religulous is the better movie. Bill Maher, with his previous experience doing standup and conducting interviews shames Ben Stein. Nicely done Bill!
Funny For The Most Part But Shows Signs Of Moral Cowerdice While Tackling The Serious Bits At The End
If there’s one thing I believe to be the worst thing ever invented it’s religion . Having been brought up in the west of Scotland , having traveled in the Middle East and the Indian sub continent I’ve not seen any evidence that religion is all its forms as being a force of good . I also find it impossible that after Marx stated that human beings are a product of conditioning and Darwin stated we’re merely vessels to carry on our DNA to propagate our species anyone can believe in a creator or afterlife so anyone making a documentary putting the boot in to religion is only a good thing in my opinion
The film with comedian Bill Maher giving the audience his background as being brought up in a mixed Cathoilc /Jewish background and any fears that RELIGULOUS was going to be more about Maher’s rather than religion are soon dispelled as he arrives in a ” Truckers Chapel ” for his first set of victims who inform Maher and the audience that the Turin shroud was tested and was found to have female blood on it hence it proves a miracle has taken place . Hmmmm I can see why they’re driving trucks for a living and not lecturing at Harvard on subjects like Astro-physics and logic . To be fair though this Chapel has a slightly more multi-ethnic flavour than you’d expect to see in a lot of mainstream churches in America
The first two thirds of the film play along in this irreverent style . Maher interviews someone and the interview is cut with clips from Hollywood movies . Everyone will their favourite LOL bits such asformer singer Dr Cummingsfailing to remember the passage from Matthew that it’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God , the Senator stating that you don’t need to pass an IQ test to be in the Senate and my favourite moment Jose Miranda cheerfully telling the world that he is directly descended from Christ and is indeed the second coming . Cut to a clip from SCARFACE with Pacino saying ” You know what I’m talking about you f–ckin’ cockroach ” . One thinks Dan Brown has the same opinion of Miranda and might find himself the subject of a court case . Miranda after all isn’t short of money and his talent for spinning out unlikely stories is better than Brown’s tall tales
Some people have a problem with the way the interviews are edited . You have to take onboard that this is the curse of all documentary film making – you’ve no idea what has been left out and what’s taken out of context . This is irrelevant since it doesn’t matter what’s been said – the subjects have said it and it’s nonsense no matter what context it’s been said in . Where the documentary does fail is when Maher takes on the Muslims and the whole tone changes . He interviews a couple of gay Muslims in Holland who enjoy Maher’s jovial style but Maher doesn’t seem keen to rip in to Muslim interviewees with his style . I guess the subject of Salman Rushdie being brought up might have had something to do with this . Likewise Maher suggests Muslims aren’t keen to criticise their religion to outsiders . Why didn’t you say this to the Muslims you were interviewing instead of saying it to your film crew Bill ? Somewhat unforgivably Maher interviews an Iman in The Dome On The Rock and and some Muslims in the background start speaking to one another . As the trivia section of this page says what the men are really saying isn’t being translated on screen correctly . So much for the moral superiority of secularism
Maher also lets himself down finishing with a montage of clips of war , carnage and all other types of apocalyptic imagery but both Maher and director Larry Charles should have picked these clips more carefully . We’re shown clips that include both Yasser Arafat and Colonel Gadaffi both of whom were secular , leftist leaning leaders who unlike so many leaders in the Middle East at least didn’t subjugate women simply because they were women . They murdered people and played the religion card when it suited them but even they don’t deserve to be labelled as theocrats . Likewise is there a moral equivalence in showing clips featuring George W Bush and Mahmoud Ahmidinejad . Say what you like about America but at least it’s a democracy unlike many countries in the Middle East
Finally Maher ruins much of what has gone before by finishing with the statement that no one knows what happens when we die and anyone who does shouldn’t be listened to . . The problem with this argument is that from a totally logical point of view the both the religious and secular point of view are of equal grounding ie ” ! believe in an afterlife ” has the same evidential argument as someone stating ” I don’t believe in an afterlife ” . It’s an agnostic argument . An atheist argument would be ” People have claimed through the ages there is a creator and an afterlife but have failed to produce a single shred of evidence for this . It’s more logical to assume eternal oblivion awaits us after death and that’s why there’s no evidence offered for an afterlife “
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 41 min (101 min)
Genre Documentary, Comedy, War
Director Larry Charles
Writer Bill Maher
Actors Bill Maher, Tal Bachman, Jonathan Boulden
Country United States
Awards 2 wins & 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.78 : 1
Camera Panasonic AJ-HDX900
Laboratory DeLuxe, USA (prints), Hollywood DI (digital intermediate)
Film Length 2,800 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format DVCPRO Full 4:2:2 HD
Cinematographic Process DVCPRO HD (source format), Digital Intermediate (master format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm