January 31, 2010

The Ultimate Atheist Themed Movie Doesn't Mention Atheism

I'm not one to go to the movies. Never was, never will be. I'm content with waiting a year or two, and then watching it on the Movie Channel for which I pay $17 or $18 a month. I like movies, don't get me wrong, but I'm just not motivated to have to watch them in public on a big screen.

I've been married now almost 20 years. The last movie my wife and I saw was Forrest Gump around 14 years ago, no wait, it was South Park Uncut 10 years ago. Sure, I would go more if she was into it, but she isn't either. Who said we have nothing in common?

Last night I watched a movie called Whatever Works on the Movie Network. Missed the debut by around a year I guess. It isn't hard to get me to watch a Woody Allen flick, even if Woody Allen isn't in it. This one had Larry David in it...could have easily been Woody Allen maybe 10 years ago.

This movie was the ultimate in atheist themed movies that I can remember seeing. Larry David plays a divorced genius who was once considered for a Nobel Prize in Physics. Totally neurotic, and even suicidal (an atheist stereotype to an extent, because of the realization that just about everything is meaningless from an objective perspective, which is Larry David's perspective in the movie). Actually, it is relationships and love and luck that continues to keep Larry David alive (from trying to kill himself more often).

The movie is funny throughout, and I can see Fundies walking out on it. It pokes fun at the hypocrisy of Bible Belters as well. Three out of three became their own person once moving to the agnostic world of New York City.

I could be wrong, but I don't recall the word atheist being uttered once. But the movie is full of lines an atheist would say.

Here is the trailer:

Another brief review can be found at Atheist Spirituality.

Another review with another scene at Atheist Movies. This post is from yesterday, I swear to Darwin I didn't see it before I wrote this post up this morning.