Oh My God
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Directed By
Peter Rodger
Run Time
1 hour 33 minutes
Cast
Peter Rodger, Hugh Jackman, Ringo Starr, David Copperfield
Theatre Release
August 20, 2010 by Mitropoulos Films

Not everyone sees God the same way. Director Peter Rodger, tired of various people claiming their God is the greatest—and then using that belief as a basis for violence, terrorism, and war—decided to travel around the world and ask people what they thought God is. And, he says, "As a person who wrestles with faith, I needed to determine whether God created man or man created God."

The result is Oh My God, a flashy but insubstantial whirlwind trip around the globe. The film is rendered even more disappointing because of its potential. After all, there is no more interesting or defining question to ask of a person than what they think of God. Even the agnostic somehow has an opinion. God has been a hot topic since the dawn of humankind.

To his credit, Rodgers mostly manages to avoid demonizing or ridiculing his subjects. (Some of them seem pretty crazy, but he doesn't provoke them into it.) He starts out with what seems like a genuinely open heart and inquisitive mind, which is just what a documentarian needs.

However, through wearying series of interviews and strings of rhetorical questions voiced over pulsing music and heady vistas, the issue becomes more muddied, not more clear. It's patently ridiculous to think anyone can settle the question of God in a 98-minute film, of course, and I'm sure Rodger didn't expect to settle it once and for all, but his bias against the possibility of any religion (with the possible exception of Buddhism) having a valid handle on what God is becomes more and more clear. To Rodger, religion—in any form—is an obstruction to knowing God, and couldn't be a help along the way.

Fair enough. Even many Christians say that they are about relationship, not religion. One of the ...

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