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Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (2008)

PG  |   |  Documentary  |  18 April 2008 (USA)
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Ben Stein examines the issue of academic freedom and decides that there is none when it comes to the debate over intelligent design.


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Academic freedom is being suppressed, says Ben Stein. He contends that professors from around the United States are being fired from their jobs for promoting, or even exploring the possibility of, intelligent design as an alternative to Darwinism. Stein interviews the expelled academics and other supporters of intelligent design. He also interviews the scientists in the mainstream, who support Darwinism. Stein links Darwinism to Nazism, Communism, eugenics and abortion. Vintage clips of educational films and Hollywood movies are used to illustrate points in a satirical way. Written by J. Spurlin

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Big science has expelled smart new ideas from the classroom...What they forgot is that every generation has its Rebel!



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Rated PG for thematic material, some disturbing images and brief smoking | See all certifications »

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18 April 2008 (USA)  »

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Crossroads  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

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$2,970,848 (USA) (18 April 2008)


$7,499,617 (USA) (23 May 2008)

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The Anti-Defamation League has condemned the film for its linking of evolutionary theory and the Holocaust: "Using the Holocaust in order to tarnish those who promote the theory of evolution is outrageous and trivializes the complex factors that led to the mass extermination of European Jewry." Promoting the movie in Canada, Ben Stein told the Vancouver Sun that "It's none of their [expletive] business". See more »


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Michael Egnor: There's nothing to be learned in neurosurgery by assuming an accidental origin for the parts of the brain we work on.
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Deceitful "documentary"
7 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't know if this movie could even be considered a legitimate documentary. The movie is filmed with interjected scenes of Nazi war camps while the interviews are taking place. Apparently Ben Stein blames the holocaust on science and uses this to support his view against evolution. The entire "documentary" is misleading, he rarely shows any subtext of who he is talking to or make mention of any of their accreditation. Ignoring this, Ben never actually makes any real scientific points at all during the entire film. He never even stumps or even makes it appear that he has stumped a scientists anywhere in this film.

Apparently, Mr. Stein's entire objective of this film is to convey no real science (not there there is any in ID to begin with) but rather to preach out about free speech and how we should "teach the controversy". However, there is no real controversy, the "controversy" was already sorted out decades ago. I guess this means we should teach alchemy AFTER the discovery of chemistry because some backwards, ignorant, bronze age people from a time capsule still think alchemy is viable science.

Creationism's explanation for the unexplained is that of supernatural. However, by definition supernatural is unknown. So what the film is really saying is: we cannot explain X with current knowledge, therefore, X = supernatural = unknown (why is there a middle term there?). Just because theory A may not explain X does not mean that theory B automatically explains X.

Disregarding everything that I have mentioned above, the movie is still directed poorly, uses cheesy clips and doesn't flow well.

It is a terrible and misleading movie.

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