MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE REVIEWED
“My Scientology Movie” is a movie that I sat on for the last two weeks. I watched the film during Memorial Day Weekend, but it didn’t quite register. Then, I watched it again. That’s when I started to see the nature of the film. While Leah Remini and others are outing Scientology to great fanfare, Louis Theroux and company take a different approach. They want to put the burden of proof on Scientology. By using real transcripts, texts and ex-members…many of Scientology’s greatest hits are restaged.
From that point, the Church sends representatives to hinder Theroux’s progress. If that wasn’t enough, people start to make Theroux question the validity of his main ex-Scientology information sources. The rest of the film cuts between archival footage, passive slams at Tom Cruise and poorly shot confrontations with Scientologists. As it turns out, Scientologists don’t know what public roads are in California. Followers of Kifflom, they are not.
If you already have a problem with Scientology, this film will offer nothing new. For those that support Scientology, you’re going to want to poke holes in the documentary. All and all, this could’ve been a quite amazing TV special. Setting it up as a feature documentary makes it feel like it needed an absolute conclusion. That didn’t happen.
- 1 hr and 39 mins
- Not Rated
- Magnolia Pictures
RELEASE DATE: 6/13/17
The Plot Thus Far
Louis Theroux documents his investigation into what goes on behind the scenes of the infamous Church of Scientology.