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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Yes, it's about time

Funny as heck. Bill Maher should be applauded for simply approaching this subject. So many lives have been lost throughout the years in the name of religion. Larry Charles directs with verve and a keen sense of curiosity about all of his subjects. Excellent!

posted by BelindaThaxter on October 1, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

An editorial and opinon piece not a documentary.

I would first like to say I have no problem discussing issues with those who disagree with my worldview, or a have differing opinon. This is not the issue. Bill Maher is a man with a view and an opinon. This film is labled a documentary and I understand that it cant ...
I would first like to say I have no problem discussing issues with those who disagree with my worldview, or a have differing opinon. This is not the issue. Bill Maher is a man with a view and an opinon. This film is labled a documentary and I understand that it cant be under any other genre but this film is nothing but an opinon piece. First, he discusses Religion generaly but he only interviews, talks about, mocks and touches the surface of the religions that have come out of Judism, Christianity and Islam. He doesnt even discuss Buddaism, or Hinduism at all. Perhaps its because his main argument at the end of the film, which is also in the opening scene, is the aspect of war. War in the name of a religion.
I would whole heartly agree with him and I do that it is ridiculous when people go to war in the name of religion, especialy when they are acting contrary to that religion. Bill Mahers interviews are the worst part of the movie. His approach is crass, non-inquistive, and he really doesnt seem interasted in a real sober intellegent discussion. instead he feels to demand the person he is interviewing to have the knowledge desired but when the person being interviewed states something as fact or truth, which they may not cite where they got the information from, Maher responds curtly "no it isnt, thats not true" etc... Its not a discussion or even a debate its one mans opinon going place to place to support his opinon and degrade others with out any honest investigation. He doesnt take a persons word if its something he disagrees with but takes a persons word as truth if it supports his opinon. I watched this film because I enjoy talking, discussing and hearing other points of view regardless if they are contrary to my own. Being open to that helps us not be dogmatic and be critical minded.

Maher it seems is not subscribing to the one chief rule in debating and ascribing to a worldview. Critizing and scrutinzing your world view under the same expectations you hold over others. He stands on the "honest doubter", which appears as a cop out. because he is never on the other side of the inquisition and doesnt explain his views with sound arguemts. He discounts arguments as weak and a cop out with his own weak presentation and cop out arguments.
Maher may have a better argument than "because" but he didnt present a convicing one in this film.

As a film, creative editing is about the best I can say.

posted by Quixotic_Noble on October 1, 2010

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