Thought provoking and humorous, RELIGULOUS is not going to be for everyone, but I did enjoy it even though it over stays its welcome toward the end of its journey.
Comedian Bill Maher uses his sharp wit to dissect the religions of the world traveling the continents while interviewing fervent believers as well as those that have a differing opinion. His point of view is of the skeptic and he’s not afraid to ask tough questions, but these service more comedy than actual hard-hitting exploration.
Directed by Larry Charles it plays out like BORAT by way of a Michael Moore documentary and the first two-thirds are truly inspiring and stay focused. By the end there is a certain fatigue to the material and it unfortunately becomes less engaging.
But the laughs do come often and Maher is really good at getting down to the nitty-gritty and challenging people who stand up for what they believe in so fervently. He doesn’t accept the simple justifications of taking things on faith only. Unfortunately for him, many don’t like having their beliefs challenged in this way and lead to heated confrontations.
As I mentioned above, this movie may come across as offensive or over the line for some, but for those who don’t mind questioning our beliefs and why they are the way they are, RELIGULOUS will entertain and enlighten you with its sheer audacity.