Dogma is one of those movies that had a really profound influence on my life. I know it sounds a bit lame, but it did. This was the first time I got the opportunity to check out a movie that’s both funny and intelligent. With religion in the center of everything, Dogma is an eye-opening experience. For nine years, this was my go-to movie when it comes to religion, but then in 2008 Bill Maher released Religulous and the rest is history (I wish). Written and directed by Kevin Smith, Dogma boasts an impressive cast with a lot of hilarious cameos. None other than Mr Conductor himself, The Great George Carlin plays Cardinal Glick! This is above all a fun movie with a provocative plot, so even people who are religious can find it funny. Especially when you consider how carefully Smith structured the story and twists.
Loki and Bartleby, two naughty angels have been cast out of heaven because of their mischief. Sentenced to forever roam the state Wisconsin, they soon discovered the meaning behind the Death Trip. However, when they hear that a new Cardinal is going to change things up, they decide to get involved and try to get into heaven one more time. Not knowing that this will be quite problematic, the only person who stands between them and heavenly gates is Bethany, an abortion clinic worker.
Rickman, Rock and Salma Hayek were phenomenal along with always hilarious dynamic duo consisting of one Silent Bob and one Jay. If you like satire and those long but intelligent and funny conversations about religion, sex and everything else, you’re in for a treat. With impeccable pacing, Dogma is never boring. Something is always happening and you are left wondering what the fuck is going on here while laughing and looking at other people in the room, still not believing. To quote William Wallace: Freeeeeeedoooommmmm!
Director: Kevin Smith
Cast: Linda Fiorentino, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jason Lee, Alan Rickman, Chris Rock, Salma Hayek, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith
Fun Facts: When they heard Alan Rickman was a Chasing Amy (1997) fan, Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier felt confident enough to ask him to play Metatron. He read the script and came back with only two questions: 1) would we stay faithful to the script, and 2) are the wings real or CGI?