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Religulous (2008)

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

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Larry Charles
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bill Maher ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tal Bachman Tal Bachman ... Himself
Jonathan Boulden Jonathan Boulden ... Himself
Steve Burg Steve Burg ... Himself
Francis Collins ... Himself
George Coyne George Coyne ... Himself (as Father George Coyne PhD)
Benjamin Creme Benjamin Creme ... Himself
Jeremiah Cummings Jeremiah Cummings ... Himself
Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda ... Himself
Fatima Elatik Fatima Elatik ... Herself
Yahuda Etzion Yahuda Etzion ... Himself
Reginald Foster Reginald Foster ... Himself (as Father Reginald Foster)
Mohamed Junas Gaffar Mohamed Junas Gaffar ... Himself
Bill Gardiner Bill Gardiner ... Himself
Ted Haggard ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

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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Heaven help us. See more »


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew | Arabic | Persian | Spanish

Release Date:

3 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Spiritual Journey See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,409,643, 5 October 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,995,673, 14 December 2008
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Thousand Words See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

All of the "s"s on the DVD's closed captioning are dollar signs ($). See more »

Goofs

Bill's rant about Scientology's take on the Meaning of Life is improvised and a little inaccurate. 75 million years ago the Galactic Warlord Xenu, because of overpopulation, brought Aliens, not Humans, to Earth (aka "Teegeeack") having frozen them with glycol-alcohol, stacked them around a volcano and blew them up with Hydrogen Bombs. The souls or "Operating Thetans" of these Aliens attached to Primitive Man. This is the source of everyone's problems, which Scientology supposedly cures. See more »

Quotes

Bill Maher: And you know what else was very confusing to me I remember vividly was Santa Claus and Jesus.
Julie Maher: You were so mad at us.
Bill Maher: So mad at you, why? Oh, when...
Julie Maher: When you realized there was no Santa Claus.
Bill Maher: And then when I found out there was no Jesus... boy, was I pissed.
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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 »

Connections

Features Larry King Live (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Don't Know Me By Now
Written by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff
Performed by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
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A Call to Action
1 October 2008 | by shnizzedySee all my reviews

Not just a propaganda piece, and more accessible than most of Bill Maher's creative output, Religulous still preaches to the choir (please excuse this phrase). However, the film does not seek to convert; rather, Maher wants current agnostics to gather their courage and preach their doubts. Deeply atheist and deeply religious people who see the film will likely be offended or feel as though their time has been wasted.

While this film is not as funny as Borat, Religulous (which, at times is actually pretty scary) is a more powerful film because this film is true. For a project written by and starring Maher, the clips in the film are (for the most part) surprisingly fair. Maher does not try to make any of the people in the film look stupid (at least no more stupid than himself); in fact, he (usually) tries to help people consider the position not that their personal/religious beliefs are incorrect but that their personal beliefs may be incorrect. Most people in the film will not consider this possibility (these are the people Maher is warning us about), but several important and seemingly wise religious figures also featured in the film agree with Maher about the danger of certainty.

I recommend Frailty to anyone who would like to see a fictional, story-line illustration of the main theme of this documentary/propaganda film. I recommend Religulous to anyone who is comfortable enough with himself/herself to doubt their personal beliefs, to consider the possibility that (s)he might be wrong.


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