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Dogma
Dogma
Actors: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Bud Cort, Barret Hackney
Director: Kevin Smith
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     2002     2hr 10min

When two banished angels find a loophole that will allow them back into heaven at the cost of humankind an unsuspecting mortal woman two prophets and the thirteenth apostle are the only ones who can stop them. Special feat...  more »

     

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Actors: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Bud Cort, Barret Hackney
Director: Kevin Smith
Creators: Robert D. Yeoman, Kevin Smith, Scott Mosier, Jonathan Gordon, Laura Greenlee
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Kevin Smith, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 12/03/2002
Original Release Date: 01/01/1999
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/1999
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 2hr 10min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Allen R. from MARYLAND, NY
Reviewed on 6/29/2016...
A Classic!
Jeffrey W. (JNYC) from NEW YORK, NY
Reviewed on 10/6/2011...
It's great to see a young(er) Matt Damon and Ben Affleck together lol. Chris Rock, Alan Rickman and Salma Hayek too. Good times.
1 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Samantha B. (brown0187) from WASILLA, AK
Reviewed on 6/1/2010...
I loved this movie because its about questioning the rules and constraints religions put upon faith and spirituality. Granted Kevin Smith throws in his poop jokes and other things in too. I enjoyed this movie because it encourages people to ask questions about their religion, but doesnt say there is no God or anything like that. For those who gave this movie 1 star, loosen up.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Stephanie B. from RICHMOND, VA
Reviewed on 11/24/2009...
fantastic movie
0 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Life, the universe, and everything
William Sommerwerck | Renton, WA USA | 10/10/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's difficult to write a perceptive review when you're not sure what the film maker's intentions are. It's self-evident that the script is (as Kevin Smith says) "the product of 28 years of religious and spiritual meditation". You don't knock out such a complex piece of writing in a couple of weekends. But as for the why...

Smith has multiple targets, one of which is the "cutesying" of religion, as shown in the "Catholicism WOW!" campaign and the "Buddy Jesus" statue. (Not to mention the idea that the church has to adjust to human needs, rather than human beings doing what God requires of them.) He's also poking fun at religious dogma, which can include ridiculous and self-contradictory beliefs (such as those that drive "Dogma"s plot).

The issue that Smith only briefly addresses, and skips over the answer to, but which is at the heart of all arguments over God and His/Her/Its relationship to mankind is... Why would infinite eternal Spirit create a finite temporal universe, subject to change and corruption? It is the patently self-contradictory belief that the material universe is God's creation that leads to the mental and moral confusion about why we're here (we aren't) and what we're supposed to do about it (grow out it). The simple answer to The Problem of Being is that, if God is infinite, then there is no room for anything unlike God.

There's no question that "Dogma" is a broad attack on organized -- and therefore materialistic -- religion, so no sincerely spiritual person could -- or should -- be offended by it. Organized religion doesn't need Kevin Smith to attack it -- to any reasonably thoughtful person, it's its own worst enemy. I am, however, offended by the almost-continual flow of vulgar language. Less -- much less -- would be more, and more-effective.

Smith has done a good job of converting a philosophical essay into a watchable film. It sags at spots (particularly at the end), and Smith's direction could be a bit more focused and "stylish", but it's great that a film actually has something to say -- even if it isn't always clear what that something is."