Expelled reviews were overwhelming thumbs down in the US. Along with The National Post, The Globe and Mail wasn’t impressed either.
Canada isn’t engaged in political/religious/philosophical debate (Americans call it part of their ‘culture war’) that has been creationism, but since we don’t hear much about what is now re-labelled ID (Intelligent Design) by US advocates, I don’t know if special interest groups are pushing for creationism being put into Canadian school curriculums. (as an aside Louisiana voted today for introducing creationism into public school science classes under their wedge issue of academic freedom)
The film is opening in Canada, Dr. John Stackhouse, who has former students who worked on the film received comp tickets and asked for help on his blog:
Whatâ€™s the best stuff youâ€™ve read, online or otherwise, on â€œExpelled: The Movieâ€ or on the Intelligent Design movement it represents? Donâ€™t upload whole bibliographies, please! But give us one or two (or three) of the most helpful links or references. And these can be critical items, too: I want to read the finest writing I can find on the subject.
He received a good range of responses. I wondered if he had an obligation to write something about this film, given he knows some of the production people and had taken the comps; it turns out he couldn’t make it. He says he plans to watch it at some stage, post on his blog, and mentions some of the better informational links his readers provided in his thank you to readers.
I agree with Dr. Stackhouse this has been the best one I’ve seen so far, and will appeal to the readership of academics, students John Stackhouse attracts.
The piece was written by Jeffrey Schloss Professor of biology at the Center for Faith Ethics and Life Sciences of Westmont College.
The film’s Canadian connection’s at Canadian Christianity
The producers plan to make money in DVD sales and DVD followups. It will be interesting to see the Canadian box office figures.
Update: Box office. Not so good. 36 theatres $24,374.00.
36/3 showings/3 days= 324 showings.
That’s about 72 people per theatre, which works out to 7-8 people, give or take a person per showing.
Compare to the opening weekend in the US.