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Dogma (12-Nov-1999)

Director: Kevin Smith

Writer: Kevin Smith

Keywords: Dark Comedy, Bible, Angels, Controversial, Road Trip

Loki and Bartleby, both fallen angels exiled to Earth (specifically, Wisconsin), intend to take advantage a loophole opened by the grant of a one-time indulgence to celebrate the centennial of a church in New Jersey. Unfortunately, doing so may come at great peril to the continued existence of mankind. Bethany Sloane, last living relative of Jesus Christ, with assistance by slacker prophets Jay and Silent Bob, may be our only salvation. Religious satire, produced on a $10M budget.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Ben Affleck
15-Aug-1972   Good Will Hunting
Jeff Anderson
21-Apr-1970   Clerks
George Carlin
12-May-1937 22-Jun-2008 Seven Dirty Words
Bud Cort
29-Mar-1948   Harold in Harold and Maude
Matt Damon
8-Oct-1970   Good Will Hunting
Linda Fiorentino
9-Mar-1958   Dogma, Jade
Janeane Garofalo
28-Sep-1964   Actor, Comedian, Author, Activist
Salma Hayek
2-Sep-1966   Frida
Jason Lee
25-Apr-1970   My Name Is Earl
Jason Mewes
12-Jun-1974   "Jay" to Kevin Smith's "Silent Bob"
Alanis Morissette
1-Jun-1974   Jagged Little Pill
Alan Rickman
21-Feb-1946   Die Hard
Chris Rock
7-Feb-1965   Everybody Hates Chris
Kevin Smith
Film Director
2-Aug-1970   Mallrats
Ethan Suplee
25-May-1976   Frankie on Boy Meets World
Guinevere Turner
23-May-1968   Preaching to the Perverted


Review by anonymous (posted on 18-Apr-2005)

Maybe it's Kevin Smith's ironic (no pun intended) use of Alanis Morrisette as God and George Carlin as a Cardinal. Maybe it's Chris Rock's view of the Bible. Maybe it's neither. If one takes the obligatory disclaimer at the start of this film seriously, one can really enjoy this confection of a movie. For it is that, merely a confection. There'll be no rewriting Biblical history or secular history. There'll be no world peace as a result of this movie. But so what? Let the movie pull you in. Feel for the characters. The all-star cast is flawless and genuinely entertaining. The movie falls short in explaining away (or just explaining) minor holes in the plot line, but all in all a wonderfully done dark comedy that shouldn't be confused with an attempt to explain, mock or even reconcile the Catholic Faith. I am Catholic myself, in case you were wondering. And I play the piano at mass every Sunday.

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