When was the last time you were sitting in a theater and heard the crowd applauding for the film? It's been a long, long time for me. I can't even recall when it last happened. But applause is what I heard the other day when I took the three older boys to see Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. And no, I do not believe all the people were applauding for me... I polled them as they exited the theater. They all said "No, it was for the movie but you seem very nice too."
The critics have not been kind, but I wouldn't expect them to be. This isn't a critics kind of movie. It's a people kind of movie. And the people in my theater must have thought it was pretty good.
The boys said they enjoyed it and I would recommend seeing it, no matter which side of the origins fence you stand on- just to see the amount of bias that exists in the academic, scientific, and medical communities against proponents of ID, and most definitely against people of faith in general.
I have a few very minor complaints about the movie (and Ben Stein), but overall, I'd say it succeeded in its objectives and made some really strong points. I was glad to see them broach the subject of Darwinian evolution as it relates to Hitler, Nazi Germany, Eugenics, euthanasia, and abortion- All interesting topics to explore with teens.
Some of the comments on the evolution side were definitely insulting to intelligent people of faith, so be ready if you're a believer with any brains whatsoever. I'm a believer with no brains, so for me, it was insulting to the point of being amusing. It was a little disappointing to see these well-educated, highly intelligent people (evolutionists) resort to name-calling and mockery instead of logically and intelligently making their points, but it wasn't surprising. I loved watching Richard Dawkins talk himself into circles near the end of the movie. Made my day. I'd definitely take a youth group or science class to see it from middle school on up. I'll probably buy the DVD when it comes out to use later on in homeschool.
Go see it. It's good. Of course, all this assumes that there's someone out there who gives a piddly flip about my opinion of a movie.
If you've seen it, what did you think? Care to discuss?