Film reviews Religulous. 2008. by larry charles, director, and bill maher, Alexandra lambrinidis, Alon tuval, charlie Siskel, and Flavia oertwig, producers. 101 min. DVD format, color. (lionsgate, Santa monica, california.) leonard norman primiano cabrini college This "documentary" by American comedian and social commentator, bill maher, presents a series of edited interviews, filmed in the united States, europe, and israel, in which individuals are asked to explain--perhaps, it would be more exact to say "to justify"--some aspect of their religious beliefs. A cinematic commentary by maher and Borat director larry charles on the irrationality of religion, the film critiques the beliefs of both lay and clerical representatives of the world religious traditions and the variety of associated sectarian movements. maher describes religion as "detrimental to the progress of humanity" and "shamelessly invented" and its supernaturalism, scriptural literalism, inerrancy, and fundamentalism as outlandish and illogical. While seemingly careful not to deny the existence of a "god," maher critiques the expression of religion through hatred, violence, prejudice, illogical thinking, or a lack of intellectual openness. it is ironic then that his film itself does not offer much intellectual openness to the beliefs or opinions of others, and concludes with a one-dimensional
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