I thought it was great. Yeah it was only scratching the surface and Bill can really come off as an asshole but I feel the arguments, however poorly debated, were laid out well enough for anyone to grasp. I dont look at the movie as a documentary at all, I look at it as more of a simple informative film about what is going on around us right now. This movie has no chance of swaying any theists or fundamentalists but I believe it may speak to those who are unsure, or consider themselves religious but have doubts.
Bill has a reputation and anyone who is familiar with him will have already chosen sides before even opening the case but like I stated before this is perfect for speaking to those people out there who dont know or who have doubt. Its light and funny enough to keep peoples attention and not too deep and involved to lose people who are not informed. This movie will speak to those people who will tell you when asked what they believe, "I havent really thought about it."
I think the documentary was ok, but something was missing. It was designed to be comic, with interviews of truckers, muslim rappers and ex-gay ministers, when the topic is surely not. The interviews were a scam, people not knowing what they were going to talk about. Like PZ Myers said: record the closing monolog first, and sent that to each of the potential interviewees with a note saying, "Here's my position. Are you willing to argue against it on camera?" would have made for a much more interesting movie, and Maher would have had to break a sweat to address criticisms…and it would probably be less funny.
I prefer the Dawkins stuff, with clear interviews with knowledgable people you could carry a conversation with. Talking to morons, like Mayer does, only brings amusement (if that) and doesn't really tackle the problem [that is what was missing]
I thought it was rather poor. I must confess that I am no great fan of Maher to begin with, nor do I think he is funny. I was not very amused by the way he treated the people he interviewed - in fact, I thought it was rather distasteful. Even if the interviewee is a nutjob, you don't point and laugh "you have fruit in your head!". Ridiculing religion is not a great feat, because some religious doctrine is ridiculous to start with. I don't need Maher to point out that living in a big fish for three days is ridiculous. I had hoped to see Maher ask daring questions or present decent arguments or reasons for disagreeing with the interviewees, instead of just chuckling in their direction.
The problem is that very few people who are religious want to watch any movie, read any book, or hear any lecture about how their religion may be wrong! They might feel as if the secular world is pushing their agenda just as much as many of us have felt that from them!
The process needs to be taken from a truly objective point of view. Perhaps a research project that really asks the question what do you believe in, why do you believe in that, and what prevents you from seeking out information that may be dissonant? I know way too many people who just don't want to talk about it. So why are they going to watch a documentary from an atheist's point of view?
This is probably the worst production that Bill Maher has ever laid claim to. I was very disappointed.. Every interview was edited nearly every 5 seconds.. His arguments were weak and all he did was defame people.. Bill Maher is awesome.. but this film is a fail.
I saw it for the first time over the computer (about 4 weeks ago) and bought it the next day. It's a great movie as well as it being very funny. It brings up many good points and just shows how religulous many beliefes can be once their said back to you.