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Dogma
Short plot summary

Bartleby (Ben Affleck) and Loki (Matt Damon) have been condemned to walk the earth for their actions against God, a skateboard enthusiast. A Catholic WOW group (attempting to make Catholicism more acceptable to the masses) accidentally provides a gateway through which Bartelby and Loki can pass to get back to heaven. Trouble is, if they do that, the world ends.

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Bethany Sloan (Linda Fiorentino) stops them going through the gateway. Both Bartelby and Loki are killed. God, who is released from the body of the elderly skateboard enthusiast, becomes a woman and cart wheels in the grass.

What our panel of critics thought

"Sometimes a movie comes along and you run out of superlatives for it. This movie is one of those movies. I won't start the superlatives as there isn't enough room in my lungs."

"Yep, absolutely hits the button - apart from the Poop Demon, (what was that all about? - did they have too much special effects money?)"

"Affleck and Damon look even more sexy that usual with their big muscular wings."

"Jay and Silent Bob (yep Kevin Smith the director) never fail to provoke a smile. Chris Rock, playing the 13th apostle, provides moments of levity even when he is crashing to earth with a bump!"

"People could look back on this movie as a pivotal movie of its time. A group of the finest actors and comedians of their day are in here. Utterly compelling, truly original. Wonderful."

Quotable quotes (real)

Loki to a Nun: "Organized religion destroys who we are by inhibiting our actions, by inhibiting our decisions, out of fear of some intangible parent figure who shakes a finger at us from thousand's of years ago and says do it and I'll f****** spank you."

Jay: "...they would have kicked your butts if I hadn't represented."

Jay: "You want to be my girlfriend? OK, well, Silent Bob has to live with us and you pay the rent."

Dr Bravisimo-Encore II Movie Review

A consummate endeavor, peppered with perfectly directioned youthful vigor throughout.

I am reliably informed the reason Silent Bob is so silent is that he is the director of this effort - he didn't want to have to learn his dialogue. Bravo for this laziness! And, what a perfect stooge to our Jay, a character as near to youthful, dropout perfection as makes any difference. Jay is doomed to head up a record company, or at least be something 'big' in the media, in the not too distant future.

This movie is truly wickedly wondrous. Not sure about the poop demon, which seems to have been added in there for its sheer grossness, but, that aside, the movie is as near to perfection as makes no difference. Enjoy, and tell all your friends.

Other comments

Utterly stunning, fantastic, brilliant, awesome. The whole series has been brilliantly original (Mall Rats, Chasing Amy, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back). If you are in the mood for a Christian religious parody then this movie is for you. Rarely bettered.

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