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Dogma
Movie Stats & Links

Starring: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Lions Gate Films
Web Site: www.dogma-movie.com
Kiddie Movie: This movie was almost over my head at times so the little Skippys will be lost.
Date Movie: I can think of better.
Gratuitous Sex: No, but Jay sure did try.
Gratuitous Violence: Some fallen angles leave behind a few bloody messes.
Action: It's no "Die Hard" movie.
Laughs: Fuck yeah! Right in God's own face at times.
Foul Language: I had my Coke go through my nose ate least two times.
Memorable Scene: Jay cussing out God and then getting a boner when SHE kisses him.
Memorable Quote: Far too many to recall them all.
Directed By: Kevin Smith
Produced By: Scott Mosier

Dogma
A Movie Review

Read The Dude on the Right's DVD review here.

MPAA Rated - R

It's 2:05 Long

A Review by
Stu Gotz
What would you do if you were an angel banished from Heaven. Would you hang out in Wisconsin airports trying to convert clergy to atheism? What if you happened upon a way to sneak back into Heaven, but if by sneaking back into Heaven you would disprove God's omnipotence and thereby destroy all creation? Would you still do it? Who would God send to stop you? The 13th, and black, Apostle? How about Christ's great great great great great great great great great great niece? How about a shit demon? And what if, despite all this heat on your ass, you still try to sneak back in knowing that it could destroy everything? Would God find it in HER heart to forgive? Thus is the new Kevin Smith movie "Dogma."

If Kevin Smith is trying to get some controversial attention, he may just very well score it with his latest movie "Dogma." Granted he may not get the notice that "The Last Temptation of Christ" got when that movie posed sexual relation questions about Christ, but "Dogma" will definitely piss off the "hard-liners" and "literal interpreters" of the Bible because it goes way beyond simple questioning of faith and at times smears Christianity as racist and sexist. "Dogma" joins a long list of movies that question the concepts of organized religion and really push their luck when it comes to bucking Catholicism. But unlike movies like "The Prophecy" or "Stigmata," "Dogma" takes more of a comical approach to offend Catholics. Herein lies one of the few flaws of the movie. "Dogma" wants to be a comedy but poses too many deep and serious questions about our beliefs. As a result the movie does not flow well and the scenes can be choppy.

You've got to love a movie that starts off with a disclaimer saying not to take the movie too seriously because it is only a fictional comedy, and that's how this movie started. "Dogma" is kind of a cross between "Stigmata" and "Holy Moses." It poses some tough questions using Smith's comical flair for situational dialogue, and although it may not be his best movie, I put it in the top three (What a cop out, eh? He's only made 4 films) and I liked it. If you're not a Smith fan or a fan of his style (less attention to acting and editing and more attention to dialogue) you probably wont think much of this movie. And if you're a good Catholic, well you'll pretty much hate this movie. All being said and done I give "Dogma" 3 of 5 stars. It's a decent film and I'm Stu Gotz. 'Nuff said!

 

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