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Religulous

(DVD - 2009)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Religulous
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Comedian and TV host Bill Maher 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 asks questions, like 'Why is faith good?' and more.
Published: [United States] : Lionsgate, [2009]
Edition: Widescreen.
Branch Call Number: DVD 211 REL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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Dec 09, 2013
  • VRMurphy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Smart, funny and thought-provoking - does it get any better?! I specifically like how he treats the believers with respect, even while poking fun at the more ... silly ... aspects of the traditional stories.

Entertaining; reminds me how tiresome religion is! Maher's a little annoying though, because he doesn't let people finish speaking and he obviously has an agenda. Pretty funny in some places!

Jul 29, 2013
  • LibraryUser53 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Comedian Bill Maher defends his homophonic thesis -- that "religious" equates to "ridiculous" -- by traveling the world, at each stop interviewing someone supposedly in the know, then flippantly, and often meretriciously, pointing out inconsistencies in the theology of that person's particular religion. Interesting idea, entertaining at times, but overall Mr. Maher gets caught up in too many places, too many details, too much cherry picking of evidence; his commentary is unfocussed, his ideas all over the place, he seems tired and lacking in energy, and overall he fails to make his case. It's not that his aim is bad, or his methods faulty; it's that he's aiming at the wrong target. He would have achieved more had Galileo drew up the story board for the film: i.e "Science is about how the heavens go, and religion is about how to go to heaven". Mr. Maher would have achieved more had he instead focused in detail on a few example cases where, in Mr. Maher's view, the inappropriate use of religion has been damaging to people and society.

Jul 11, 2013
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This film was an amusing enough polemic, though I agree with some other commenters that Maher detracts from his own cause by interviewing only some of the dimmest or most easily provoked proponents of their respective faiths. It makes for good comedy, no question, but it also makes him come across as a bit of an elitist bully. Also, involving zealots like Geert Wilders, however briefly, does not help his credibility in my view.

Apr 24, 2013
  • ahazuda rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really love that there's a documentary questioning/criticizing/attacking religion. I went to see it & I think it's really great. My only problem with it is Maher being the host.

I don't trust Maher's agenda & find him rather dubious, due to what I've read about him & his old show "Politically Incorrect" in a book, co-authored by Warren Farrell, that addresses misandry ("Does Feminism Discriminate Against Men?").

I'm an atheist & I've noticed that atheism or any questioning of religion often is used as an excuse for disrespecting or persecuting men, just as women have sometimes complained that religion is oppressive towards women. The 2 issues really need to be kept as separate as possible.

As much as I enjoyed
"Religulous", I really think atheists Penn & Teller (Showtime's "Bullshit")
would've been funnier,
worthier & more effective
hosts. I've never found them to be either misandristic or misogynistic.

Mar 20, 2013
  • cmlnetatshawdotca rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

a must view to thinking people.... a critical and humorous documentary by Maher at religions. He exposed the religion business and franchise, money grubbing pastors and also some sophisiticated Catholic priests at the Vatican.

Nov 13, 2012
  • HereHere rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very fun for the first half, then it seems to get more serious. It may offend the devout, but for those who are strong in their faith, it raises questions that are worthy of consideration. Give it a shot!

Oct 23, 2012
  • laustcawz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really love that there's a documentary questioning/criticizing/attacking religion. I went to see it & I think it's really great. My only problem with it is Maher being the host.

I don't trust Maher's agenda & find him rather dubious, due to what I've read about him & his old show "Politically Incorrect" in a book, co-authored by Warren Farrell, that addresses misandry ("Does Feminism Discriminate Against Men?").

I'm an atheist & I've noticed that atheism or any questioning of religion often is used as an excuse for disrespecting or persecuting men, just as women have sometimes complained that religion is oppressive towards women. The 2 issues really need to be kept as separate as possible.

As much as I enjoyed
"Religulous", I really think atheists Penn & Teller (Showtime's "Bullshit")
would've been funnier,
worthier & more effective
hosts. I've never found them to be either misandristic or misogynistic.

Sep 20, 2012
  • tazertondo rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

At first this was a funny documentary about religion, but i ound that he was being very disrespectful to a lot of these people. Contrary to what the other people wrote here i maher DID talk to multiple professors a good amount of 'intelluctual' people. but i found the jokes cheap and offensive (and i am very very atheist) but i did love some of the inerviews like the jesus at the amuesment park and the guy who held his cup out for water and it raned.

Jun 26, 2012
  • Denji rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I challenge any person to "open their mind" to watch this. Facts are presented, most of which people prefer to ignore or deny.

Don't think of this "movie" as a destination, but a door way to question the very belief systems you're told to believe. It drives a point and you have to look past the lies and propaganda in order to understand that point.

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Mar 01, 2011
  • peppertoo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Bill Maher: See, this is my problem, I'm trying - I mean, you're - you're a Senator. You are one of the very few people who are really running this country. It worries me that people are running my country who think - who believe in a talking snake. Um...
Mark Pryor: [Arkansas' Democratic Senator] You don't have to pass an IQ test to be in the Senate, though.
[chuckles]

Mar 01, 2011
  • peppertoo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Bill Maher: [Megiddo, Israel] It seems peaceful, but this is where a lot of people believe the world will end. The irony of religion is that because of its power to divert man to destructive courses, the world actually could come to an end.

Mar 01, 2011
  • peppertoo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Bill Maher: And I see you've got a lot of bling.
Jeremiah Cummings: I like gold. The people want you to look well.
Bill Maher: That's what pimps say about their women.

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Jul 29, 2013
  • LibraryUser53 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Comedian Bill Maher travels to many locations all around the US and the world, talking to people about their religious beliefs. Fundamentalist Christians, Catholics, Mormons, Scientologists, and Muslims are all included. Mr. Maher attempts to point out logical inconsistencies in the various theologies. And at times, somewhat irreverently.

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