Dogma - * * 1/2*


Kevin Smith directs this religious comedy about an abortion clinic worker (Linda Fiorentino) who teams up with two holy men, Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith) to save humanity. It seems that two renegade angels (Matt Damon and Ben Affleck), who have been cast out of heaven, find a loophole which will allow them back in (a loophole that will happen to unmake all of creation). Chris Rock appears as the forgotten 13th apostle, kicked out of heaven for claiming Jesus was black. Alan Rickman will play The Voice of God (while Alanis Morisette plays God herself), Jason Lee will play the demon Azrael, and Salma Hayek will play the muse Serendipity. George Carlin, Dwight Ewell, Janeane Garofalo and Brian O’Halloran also appear.

Capsule Review: Certainly provocative, Kevin Smith’s religious satire alternates between moments of brilliance and painful sections that just don’t work. It’s certainly a talky film, but unlike Smith’s previous efforts, most of the conversation this time is lengthy exposition. The casting is inspired (except for the misstep of overextending Jay and Silent Bob), but few of the cast members seem to be…much of the acting is oddly wooden.

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