Maher Mocks Religion
Maher's wit is applied equally to all. If you applaud his distinctive brand of humor, you'll find this documentary hilarious. Maher's the film's central character--in much the same way Michael Moore is the protagonist in Sicko, for example--and he's very clear about his personal agenda. He wants to convince his audience that religion is not only ridiculous, it's downright dangerous. "Here we are at the birthplace of Christianity," he proclaims, just before a bomb explodes. With that sort of coincidental commentary, the film scores point after point, pushing you to question religious values and practice, and religion's effect on the family of man--and woman.
Maher's humor has broad appeal, but in Religulous, he's essentially preaching to the choir. If you're born again or are committed to a religious practice, you're likely to find this film offensive. In fact, Religulous is directed by Larry Charles, who helmed Borat, the famously offensive fiction feature that stormed into theaters in 2006.
- Release date: October 1 in limited theaters, with wider release on October 3, 2008
- Running time: 101 mins.
- MPAA Rating: R for some language and sexual material.
- Parents Guide: Content advisory for parents.
- Country: USA
- Languages: English, Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, Spanish
- Distributor: Lionsgate