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Running Time:
1 hour, 41 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for some language and sexual material.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Although his targets often seem more like kooks and dimwits than serious theologians, this is still an often hilarious attack on religious fundamentalism.

Additional Info:
DVD Features:

CC; Commentary with Bill Maher and director Larry Charles; Deleted scenes; Bill Maher monologues from around the world


Cover Image This is a minor yet entertaining documentary following Bill Maher as he investigates the more ludicrous aspects of certain religions, with the bulk of the proceedings devoted to segments in which the comedian confronts staunchly devout subjects on their beliefs.

Director Larry Charles ("Borat") has infused the movie with an appropriately light-hearted sensibility that's echoed in the consistent (and occasionally oppressive) inclusion of random bits of silliness. There's little doubt that the film is at its best when Maher goes one-on-one with a myriad of theologically-minded individuals, including a TV evangelist and a man portraying Jesus at a Bible-centered amusement park. And while Maher and Charles admittedly do seem to be going out of their way to offer up an even-handed take on the subject, there inevitably reaches a point at which the pair are essentially preaching to the choir.

Religulous ultimately begins to run out of steam somewhere along the way, as the repetitive nature of the movie's structure begins to become obvious, but the vitriolic final monologue - undoubtedly destined to provoke arguments and stir up controversy - ensures that the film ends on a thoroughly positive note, which is what makes comedian Bill Maher and director Larry Charles such effective champions for the cause of  scepticism in this age of rising fundamentalism. 

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