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  • Awesome Music: Will Bates' extraordinarily eerie, minimalist, sci-fi inflected score sells the madness of Scientology quite well. The Xenu segment is probably the best example of this.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: When Paul Haggis visited the War of the Worlds set, Steven Spielberg observed the Scientology tent which Tom Cruise had set up and commented to Haggis that Scientologists were "the nicest people". Haggis jokingly replied that it was because "we keep all the evil ones in the closet." Telling this joke got him in trouble with the church. It was not until much later that Haggis learned why.
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  • Paranoia Fuel: You thought you were confessing your past memories to help yourself get over them? Too bad, they're being recorded and used as potential sources of blackmail if you leave the church. And if you do leave, you'll be harassed and spied upon by agents of Scientology for the rest of your life. And there's very little you can do about it because the church has almost unlimited resources to litigate and will abuse the First Amendment to claim religious freedom.
  • Tear Jerker: The end of the film, where ex-members look back with regret on their actions as Scientologists, definitely qualifies.

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