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Subject: Expelled Movie
Date Posted: 4/17/2008 1:47 PM ET
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Anyone going to see Ben Stein's movie, Expelled?

http://www.expelledthemovie.com/playground.php

The trailer makes it look more like a comedy than a documentary. I think we are going to go, looks interesting.

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 2:54 PM ET
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Our church youth group is going to go if possible.  It looks great!

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 3:59 PM ET
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My husband, 13-year-old daughter, and I are going to see it this weekend.  I'll let you know how we like it!

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 5:42 PM ET
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Ooh, I want to go and so does hubby.  Maybe if I can snag mil to babysit we can sneak off.  Actually she should go too and so should my older children.  O.K.  need a new plan.  Let me know how you all like it if my plans fall through and I'm waiting for the DVD. LOL!

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 5:49 PM ET
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I haven't heard anything about it so thanks so much for passing on the link.  I think I would love to see this movie.

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 9:11 PM ET
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I'm planning on going with my Homeschool co-op here in Vancouver, Washington.

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 11:25 AM ET
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I wish I could go - the closest theater showing it is over 3 hours away.

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 3:17 PM ET
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Well DH has said he & I will have a date night and go, probably this evening. I'l let you know what I think.

Does anyone think it's weird that I want to bring a pad of paper to take notes in the theater? lol

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 5:26 PM ET
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My husband just told me that he actually thought about taking notes, but then remembered that it would be dark in the theater.  (Maybe he should bring a book light.)  :) 

(He says I should explain that he's an engineer, and this sort of thing is normal for him....) 

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 6:47 PM ET
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"He says I should explain that he's an engineer, and this sort of thing is normal for him"

lol

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 7:38 PM ET
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RC Sproul interviewed Stein… it was very interesting.

 
 

Go to the bottom and watch the video… it’s almost 30 minutes.

 



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Date Posted: 4/18/2008 9:25 PM ET
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Dana,

 

There is a leaders guide available online that goes over every minute of the movie :)

 

www.getexpelled.com/_downloads/expelled_leadersguide.pdf

Date Posted: 4/19/2008 12:42 AM ET
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Stink!  My RC Sproul won't make any sound. :-( 

I think that would be a very interesting interview

Date Posted: 4/19/2008 1:35 PM ET
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It was a good interview Rebecca and Stein was impressed with RC's intelligence. He even said so and said it like he was surprised, lol. I don't think most people expect pastors (or other in ministries) to have any intelligent thoughts beyond theology and the Bible. ;-)

I posted my thoughts on the movie in another thread I had started on CMT, here's a link if anyone is interested.

http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=113899

 



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Date Posted: 4/19/2008 8:25 PM ET
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Just came back from the movie--really enjoyed it.  Instead of attempting to make an airtight case for (or against) Intelligent Design, Ben Stein focuses on the issue of freedom of speech.  He interviews several scientists whose freedom to question the "established" view of Darwinism cost them their jobs--and respect in the scientific community.  The movie is filmed as Stein's own personal exploration of why these scientists were silenced, which--along with Stein's dry humor--manages to keep the film from becoming a dry documentary.  Throughout the film, images of the Berlin wall drive home the point that there is a wall around the scientific community that is designed to keep new ideas out. 

I encourage folks to see the film, even if they're familiar with the arguments for Intelligent Design.  For one--I'd love to see this movie have financial success so that the film industry takes notice.  Also, the movie will give folks new conversation starting point to use with friends.  The movie doesn't really go into scientific detail about what makes Intelligent Design scienfically viable--but it does an excellent job of challenging folks to ask questions and challenge "established beliefs."

Date Posted: 4/29/2008 3:50 PM ET
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I just saw the movie last night with my mom and my agnostic son, who still thinks intelligent design is the most plausible explanation of origins. He loved the movie. I would have enjoyed it more, if I wasn't half asleep before I got there from and exhausitng, long day.

It's a challenging movie for anyone to see, regardless of what you believe about evolution. If you haven;t seen it yet, I recommend it.

Date Posted: 4/29/2008 9:47 PM ET
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My family attended a showing Sunday night.  We were 4 in an audience of only 10!  The newpapers in the Baltimore/Washington area have been strangely quiet about the movie, giving little space to reviews of the film.  I loved the B & W vignettes in between the interviews. 

I do suggest that parents leave at home any children who are not ready to see images of the Holocaust. Thanks, folks, for keeping the discussion going and suggesting links.  I'll watch the Sproul interview tomorrow with the family!

Date Posted: 4/29/2008 11:27 PM ET
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My husband and I went with our 15 and 12 year olds. We all really enjoyed the movie and the different points of view. My oldest is a freshman and will be using this movie toward school credit. This movie helped us remember why freedom is so important! We went on opening day at 2:30, there was about 20 people, I thought that was pretty good considering it was a work day.

Date Posted: 4/29/2008 11:45 PM ET
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Most of the movies I've been to lately have had small audiences. (I think the theaters are having trouble with this economy.)  So i was pleasantly suprised by the size of the audience for this particular movie on a Monday evening and 10 days after opening!

Date Posted: 5/4/2008 12:02 AM ET
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Thank you so much, Char M., for posting about this movie.  I hadn't heard about it at all!  I went the day I read the post (Wednesday) with my 12 year old daughter and we really enjoyed it.  I enjoy Ben Stein as an entertainer, and I really enjoyed the content of this documentary.   My daughter was really affected by the images of the Holocaust, but she only talked about them that day and has reported no nightmares.   The movie really kept her attention!

Thanks again!