April 25, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

Dogma

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Ben Affleck, Linda Fiorentino, Matt Damon, Salma Hayek, Jason Lee, Jason Mewes, Alan Rickman, Chris Rock, Kevin Smith
guest performer
Alanis Morissette
director
Kevin Smith
author
Kevin Smith
genre
Drama, Sci-fi and Fantasy, Comedy
We gave it a B-

Condemned by the ”faithful,” then commended by critics with retaliatory zeal, Kevin Smith’s biblical burlesque now seems a sanctimonious trifle. The story (banished angels Affleck and Damon try to reenter heaven via a doctrinal loophole) is charming nonsense, but behind the laughs lurks a dour passion play, complete with fake blood and vacuous sermonizing. Thank God (Alanis Morissette) for Smith’s slacker-sage patois, which keeps Dogma enjoyable between the spurious epiphanies.

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