Can Maher convince his entertainment congregation that religion is a myth, and that the whole world has gone crazy? What happens when a Jewish cameraman gets discovered at an Islamic shrine? Should you add to Maher’s collection plate or save your charity for something a little less divisive and mainstream? I’m no preacher, but from my bully pulpit, I highly recommend making a donation to your local theater to get the answers to these questions.
“Religulous” is going to make numerous people extremely upset, and I’m surprised that hypersensitive activist groups are not picketing theaters in protest of the R-rated production. If you consider yourself a person of faith, you need to be warned. Your religion and others’ will be ruthlessly attacked and mocked during the 101-minute running time.
Please remember, this is a sharply written comedy designed to provoke an emotion. This is not a PBS special on Muhammad or Moses, and most of the facts dropped into the movie are there to get a laugh. My audience was giggling all night, but some moviegoers were obviously uncomfortable with the sensitive material.
So why did I like this film when it makes fun of many things my family and I believe in? The answer is simple. It’s funny and entertaining, and that’s all I care about. You don’t have to believe the messenger to enjoy the message, and Maher does a fantastic job interviewing strange zealots while humorous clips are mixed in from vintage movies and cartoons starring Jesus and other religious icons.
Since Maher does not believe in organized religion, he does have an agenda. Exposing religious extremists is the main force behind the film.
Maher asks the pressing question of why so many people are killing each other in the name of God, and would humanity be better served without religion?