Bill Maher came off as a jerk to some his interviewees, but then again it's Bill Maher. I'm not a big fan of his comedy, but there were some hilarious scenes with the Senator "You don't have to pass an IQ test to be in the Senate, though."
and the gay reformer's giggle fit.
Most of the movie was kind of ligh-hearted, Maher wandering around interviewing kooks, and sometimes knowledgeable religious folk (who he didn't disagree with, as they were equally doubtful.)
It wasn't a pro-atheist movie as I expected, but an anti-fundamentalist movie.
The end of the movie took a sharp turn when Maher launched into his rant against religion. Even as an atheist, Maher failed to convince me that Religion is the source of war and violence.
"Rational people, anti-religionists, must end their timidity and come out of the closet and assert themselves. And those who consider themselves only moderately religious really need to look in the mirror and realize that the solace and comfort that religion brings you actually comes at a terrible price."
That could easily be a rallying cry for Paul Ryan to drop his phony Catholic front and admit he's an Objectivist. And if Paul Ryan is in all likelihood atheist, as are many neocons, then you don't need religion to be a loony, warmongering prick.
Besides, poverty and religion are eternally linked. Nobody is going to cast Jesus or Mohammed out of their lives when that's all they have. I still believe religion is a symptom, not the problem.
cons: not always funny, Sagan did this anti-religion thing better.