Scheduled for release on Friday, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, will be one of next year's major box office releases. The documentary stars Ben Stein, known for his roles in Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Wonder Years.
But drawing laughs is not the focus of this upcoming film. Instead, the film brings questions of our origins to the table.
Stein challenges evolutionary thought, provoking audiences to think instead of unquestioningly believing the troubled, yet widely accepted theory of evolution.
"Were we designed or are we simply the end result of an ancient mud puddle struck by lightning?" the actor asks.
Challenge the Norm
Whether one walks into a school, museum, library, theme park or media room, evolution is the doctrine thrown before millions as scientific proof that the earth and universe has been here for billions of years.
However, Stein exposes the indoctrination of evolution in this documentary. The film explains how the America has been victimized by an elite group that has pushed the theory of evolution until it has become accepted by many as fact.
"Along the way, Stein uncovers a long line of biologists, astronomers, chemists and philosophers who have had their reputations destroyed and their careers ruined by scientific establishment that allows absolutely no dissent from Charles Darwin's theory of random mutation and natural selection." the film's publicists say.
Terminations, incessant slander and rejected tenure are some of the consequences faced by educators and scientists whose research supports the belief that the universe was designed by an intelligent Creator, and is not the product of a haphazard explosion.
So, what will the audience take from the film produced by Premise Media?
Publicists say it provides "a startling revelation that freedom of thought and freedom of inquiry have been expelled from publicly funded high schools, universities and research institutions."
Freedom of Thought
Along with his acting career, Stein is an accomplished author, lawyer, social commentator, economist and former presidential speechwriter.
"Big Science in this area of biology has lost its way," Stein said. "Scientists are supposed to be allowed to follow the evidence wherever it may lead, no matter what the implications are. Freedom of inquiry has been greatly compromised, and this is not only anti-American, it's anti-science. It's anti-the whole concept of learning."
"Expelled" encourages students to think outside the school gate and urges adults to examine the scientific facts, as opposed to absorbing the stories and baseless assertions of evolution.
"What freedom-loving student wouldn't be outraged to discover that his high school science teacher is teaching a theory as indisputable fact, and what university professors unmercifully crush any fellow scientists who dare question the prevailing system of belief?" publicists state on the "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" Web site. "This isn't the latest Hollywood comedy; it's a disturbing new documentary that will shock anyone who thinks all scientists are free to follow the evidence wherever it may lead."
In the documentary, the audience meets a biologist with two doctorate degress, who endured a smear campaign because he consented to a pro-intelligent design research paper being published in a scientific journal.
Officials from the National Center for Science Education and the Smithsonian Institution spearheaded the assault on the biologist in an effort to get him terminated, which later resulted in a congressional investigation.
Expelled provides a platform to both sides of the debate.
World-renowned evolutionist Richard Dawkins and National Center for Science Education Executive Director Eugenie Scott were questioned in the documentary, along with dozens of other leading evolutionists across the globe, over a two-year period.
Recently, Dawkins, Scott and others defending the theory of evolution contended that the producers of the film misled them by inferring that the documentary was not advocating "Intelligent Design."
"I don't remember a single person asking me what the movie was about," said Stein, who claims he did not deceive anyone.
The film is marketed as being unique in scope.
"The incredible thing about Expelled is that we don't resort to manipulating our interviews for the purpose of achieving the 'shock effect,' something that has become common in documentary films these days," Premise Media's co-founder Walt Ruloff said, who is also the documentary's co-executive producer.
"People will be stunned to actually find out what elitist scientists proclaim, which is that a large majority of Americans are simpletons who believe in a fairy tale," he added.
Motive Entertainment, which also marketed The Passion of the Christ and The Chronicles of Narnia is representing Expelled. The film will be distributed by Rocky Mountain Pictures.
Sources: World Net Daily, Expelledthemovie.com, CBN News, The New York Times