Ben Stein’s “Expelled”: Triumph of the Swill

Propaganda movies have a long and utterly despicable history. To emphasize the substantive worthlessness of Ben Stein’s creationist package, we think of it as Triumph of the Swill. Anyway, for those who want to see how well garbage goes over in the movie market, we bring you the latest reviews of this “documentary.”

From the New York Times we have Resentment Over Darwin Evolves Into a Documentary:

One of the sleaziest documentaries to arrive in a very long time, “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” is a conspiracy-theory rant masquerading as investigative inquiry.

From the Los Angeles Times we have “Expelled” could exceed box-office forecasts:

“Expelled,” with production and marketing budgets in the single-digit millions, is expected to make no dent at the box-office despite the widest documentary release ever, at more than 1,000 theaters. But it could dwarf forecasts with even a fraction of the faith-based crowd that turned Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” into a cultural phenomenon in 2004.


The ” ‘Expelled’ Challenge” urges schools and home-schooling groups to get students, parents and faculty to show up in force, promising donations of $5 to $10 per ticket stub for those who register.

“In speaking with Christian schools, we’ve found that hosting a school-wide ‘mandatory’ field trip is the best way to maximize your school’s earning potential,” the site explains.

From the Seattle Times (Seattle is the home of the Discovery Institute) we have According to “Expelled,” Darwinism responsible for everything from atheism to abortion:

A hard-core, fundamentalist bit of right-wing propaganda, “Expelled” slyly appropriates its style from liberal and left-wing sources, sending Ben Stein out to do deadpan interviews with a grab-bag of people, while intercutting old movies, new animation and newsreel footage.

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