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I'd really give it 4 1/2 (it's great, but can't top Clerks),
This review is from: Dogma [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This is definitely a great movie - it's frickin' hilarious! Better than that, though, is that it has a good message. "Wait," I hear you say, "isn't this the movie which had the Catholic church (as well as quite a few other Christian organizations) up in arms and worried about the corruption of the youth of America?" Well, yes. But it's obvious from the complaints lodged against it that it wasn't viewed with the proper perspective. If anyone were to look deeper, one would see that this movie actually promotes a more profound faith. It criticizes blind following and advocates questioning, which is crucial to developing true faith. (I don't care what your religious affiliation is - if you haven't thought about it or questioned it or answered for it or admitted to yourself that you're not going to have ALL the answers, you haven't made it YOUR religion and perhaps your faith is a little shallow.) On the other hand, if you're not religious at all, you'll enjoy the movie for its excellent plot and absolutely hilarious dialogue, not to mention the return of Jay and Silent Bob, who figure greatly into the film. In any case, this IS just a movie, and anyone who thinks it'll change anyone's beliefs is a bit paranoid. Give the movie-goers some credit, ok? (If it DOES change anyone's views on religion drastically, I don't think you can blame "Dogma" or Kevin Smith. It has more to do with the person's apparently tenuous grasp on reality. It's just a movie!)
To the point: I'd recommend this to basically anyone with a sense of humour (preferably a twisted one, although it's not necesary), and/or an interesting perspective on life. Watch it even if you haven't seen the rest of the Jersey trilogy. (Though I recommend that as well - check out "Clerks," "Mallrats," and "Chasing Amy." Then try to wait patiently for "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.") Essentially, the only people who SHOULDN'T see this movie are those who lack a sense of humour. Or Puritans.