One summer movie that we have not seen much presence on the Net for is Religulous, June’s pro-agnostic documentary from Borat director Larry Charles and media personality Bill Maher. I think there is a huge market for this film in America, comparable to 2004′s Fahrenheit 9/11 and its wide and diverse theatrical audience (remember all of the omnipresent and simultaneous boo’s and claps in the theater for that one?).Yet, I’ve been disappointed to see that there is still no official website, no viral marketing and no requisite outrage for the doc. IMDB has Religulous marked for a limited release in the states, but I think that defeats the purpose. If this was released as wide as Fahrenheit 9/11 was would the bigger theater chains hesitate to book the film when a few of their customers start protesting outside and on the news? It’d be interesting to watch.
Moreover, no matter your views, this is a discourse that America needs to get out of its system and out from behind close doors. If presidential nominees can make speeches about their faith and its importance to the country, then we as a people can go to the theater and hear questions candidly brought up that we’ve all asked ourselves about each side’s views. It’s gotten too damn stuffy to use old lady slang.
A few days ago, Bill Maher was on Conan and it seems like he’s finally ready to drum up some attention and indirect controversy for the film (and for himself, of course). He’s not holding back either; even Conan’s Freud-like beard was taken aback when he said the followingâ€¦
“You can’t be a rational person six days of the week and put on a suit and make rational decisions and go to work and, on one day of the week, go to a building and think you’re drinking the blood of a 2,000-year-old space god. That doesn’t make you a person of faithâ€¦That makes you a schizophrenic.”
Does this comment turn you off or make you more curious to see the film?