RELIGULOUS directed by Larry Charles, written by and starring Bill Maher. A TVA Films release. 100 minutes. Opens Friday (October 3). For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: NN
Religulous positions itself as an audacious exposé of organized religion, but it's really just a turkey shoot, with your host Bill Maher seeking out the most extreme viewpoints in Christianity, Judaism and Mormonism (with a final tilt of his head toward Islam).
He makes sport of the people who believe in them, insisting that his certitude in not knowing The Truth trumps their claims to be on the right track.
With its contempt for anyone who disagrees with its thesis, its strategically edited interviews and its insistence on punctuating fatuous declarations with "funny" film clips, this is exactly the same movie as Ben Stein's anti-evolution screed Expelled. The difference here is that actual science is respected rather than mocked.