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The latest battle in the eternal war between Good and Evil has come to New Jersey in the late, late 20th Century, existence was almost snuffed out without a trace. A group of mortal humans and surreal supernatural beings make a pilgrimage to New Jersey to stop the accidental apocalypse any which way they can.
Comedy - Teens and young adults are most likely to appreciate the brash,
irreverent, and often raunchy wit of writer-director Kevin Smith's
religious-themed comedy. Older viewers are less likely to enjoy, in
particular those who take religious issues very seriously.
PROFANITY: Frequent use of strong profanity. SEX/NUDITY: Brief non-sexual nudity. VIOLENCE: Shootings, beatings, various gore. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Marijuana, alcohol, and cigarette use. ACTION: Some fight scenes. COMEDY: Some physical humor, but mostly (raunchy) verbal humor and some toilet gags.
Much has been said about Dogma, much of that being negative--namely, that writer-director Kevin Smith has committed a cinematic act of blasphemy. But Dogma is, as billed, "a comic fantasia," and that description should be taken to its core: it's a comedy; it's a fantasy. As in it's supposed to be taken lightly. A lot of people will walk out of Dogma thinking back on its irreverent and outrageous sense of humor, but just as many, if not more, will come out reflecting on their own religious faith--people who, on any other given day, would probably not give the issue a single thought. And if that's not an act of piety, then I don't know what is.
Two renegade fallen angels attempt to jerry-rig the entire cosmological system -- unless a rag-tag group of humans can stop faith. Bethany (Linda Fiorentino), the heroine of DOGMA, is a woman who feels her prayers haven't been answered when, out of nowhere, a heralding angel appears in her bedroom and declares her the potential savior of humanity. This abrupt meeting sets her off on an extraordinary journey of mystery, comedy and suspense as she is transported to a fantastical world of celestial characters and spirited adventure. Along the way she will meet up with a heaven-sent messenger (Alan Rickman), an apostle with a 2,000 year old beef (Chris Rock), a hotheaded demon (Jason Lee), a heavenly Muse (Salma Hayek) and two unlikely Prophets known as Jay and Silent Bob as they each discover the power of their own individual faith.