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Religulous (2008)

Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion.

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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. Written by J. Spurlin

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Rated R for some language and sexual material | See all certifications »

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3 October 2008 (USA)  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,409,643 (USA) (3 October 2008)

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$12,995,673 (USA) (12 December 2008)
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Additional people interviewed on the "Deleted Scenes" section of the DVD release: . Howard Bloom (anti-Muslim Jew, author of "The Lucifer Principles") . M. Hasan, store owner; Kaya Bousquet, model; and Jason Alper, stylist; Zamzan Books and Burkah Store (discussing Muslim fashions) . Benjamin Creme (British author, artist and prophet) discussing Maitreya . David Icke (author, "The Biggest Secret," "Secrets of the Matrix") arguing that the world is being run by "interdimensional" reptile-like creatures including the Bushes and the British royal family . Rael and followers (discussing their "atheist religion" that extraterrestrials called "Elohim" created all life on earth) . Michael Bray (anti-abortion activist from Wilmington, Ohio defending violent attacks on abortion providers even if uninvolved people are also hurt or killed) . Anne, Heidi, Carla, Doris Deborah, Michelle and Miranda (polygamist wives of a fundamentalist Mormon living in Salt Lake City, Utah) See more »

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The Senator makes an argument based on violence being in Human DNA then later argues against Evolution in favor of the Garden of Eden Story. See more »

Quotes

Bill Maher: [Extra] What about Rosemary's Baby? The woman is carrying Satan. Can we abort that one?
Michael Bray: I've never contemplated that before!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, there is one last clip of Bill Maher with his mother and sister. He tells them "I'll see you in heaven", and they laugh. His mother says "who knows," and there is a title card "In loving memory of Julie Maher, 1919-2007". See more »

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Referenced in Believers (2013) See more »

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Christ For President
Written by Jay Bennett, Woody Guthrie & Jeff Tweedy (as Jeffrey Scot Tweety)
Published by Woody Guthrie Publications (BMI)/ Titanic Majesties Music (ASCAP)
Administred by Bug / Warner Chappell Music Co. o/b/o Warner Tamerlane & Words Empersand Music (BMI)
Performed by Billy Bragg and Wilco
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Bill Maher is a hero.
24 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just returned from a screening. Let me say I am a sucker for a good documentary and this film makes a load of powerful points that just cannot be refuted. As someone who believes in evolution as well as God, the film did enlighten me about a host of issues that I had been unaware of. In recent weeks my biggest fear has been that the Neo-cons were finally going to give someone the nuclear football that truly believes in the rapture. Bush and McCain and Reagan and even Bush Sr. catered to the evangelists because they are sheep and are as strong a voting block as this country has. But none of those politicians really believed things like every word of the Bible being literal. Now Palin comes along and she, like Huckabee who also scared me, is the real deal. The Neo-Cons have plucked an actual sheep to get the sheep vote this time. When people with beliefs like that are given power, the inevitable result is destruction, and that is the point that this admittedly at times hilarious film hammers in during the final 5 minutes. I call Maher a hero in that he fears the consequences of irrational religious so much that he is literally willing to put his life on the line to deliver his message.Make no mistake about it, this man will get death threats from the film and I will pray that that is all that he gets. I am not worried about a Christian extremist, though maybe I should be, I am worried about Muslim reaction to the film though he arguably treated that religion with a bit more of kid gloves than his other targets. I believe that everyone should see this film, but instead all the nuts that need to see this film the most, will probably be picketing in front of the theaters where the film is showing. Hugely entertaining, enlightening, hilarious and ultimately frightening what more could you ask from a couple of hours at the movies?


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