Religulous (2008)

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Comedian Bill Maher takes his smirking cynicism of religious dogma on the road and talks to various crackpots in this documentary exploring belief.

Maher is taking up the standard of the likes of Bill Hicks as he mocks his way through the various modern faiths both great and small. Religulous is clearly meant more as comedy than documentary as his smirking, mocking tone when he interviews his victims is hardly the most objective starting point to a serious argument, but one could also argue that if any of these people had a logical leg to stand on they would be able to defend their beliefs from such impudent sarcasm. But they can’t. Instead we see a bunch of “leaders” who do little more than continuously state and restate their outlandish tenets or merely figuratively stick their fingers in their ears and shout “I’M NOT LISTENING! I’M NOT LISTENING!” as they each blatantly contradict each other and claim that theirs is the true word of God.

It’s all very funny stuff to a confirmed atheist but I’m sure it will antagonise “true believers” everywhere and as such is clearly just preaching to the converted; but this convert though it was hilarious!

7/10

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