US 130m, Colour
Director: Kevin Smith; Cast: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Alan Rickman, Bud Cort, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock, Jason Lee, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, George Carlin, Janeane Garofalo, Alanis Morissette
As the fourth film in the View Askewniverse, Dogma lampoons Catholicism by inventing a fictional campaign from which the Catholic Church hopes to update itself by retiring the symbol of the cross and re-branding Jesus as “Buddy Christ”. The plot revolves around two fallen angels who plan to re-enter heaven by exploiting a loophole in Catholic Dogma which, as a side effect would prove god fallible and jeopardize the existence of creation. Of all of Smith’s films, Dogma is one of the most sophisticated and creative productions, and boasts an impressive cast who deliver some pretty credible performances, which is noteworthy, considering this film also contains a “Shit Demon” that is born in the toilet of a strip bar. Despite the controversy surrounding the film, and the death threats against Smith, the film’s message is ironically in support of faith in general – apparently something which the film’s detractors missed – probably because they were too busy condemning a film they never bothered to watch (Klaus Ming April 2011).