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Dogma: A Screenplay [Paperback]

By Kevin Smith (Author)
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One of the major hits of the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, a film that proved too hot for Disney to handle, Kevin Smith's ribald, revolutionary new film Dogma is a comic theological fantasy that is sure to be one of this fall's most provocative offerings. Two fallen angels (Matt Damon and Ben Affleck), sentenced to eternal exile in Wisconsin, are trying to get back into heaven. A renegade cardinal in New Jersey (George Carlin), as part of his "Catholicism -- Wow " campaign, has opened a loophole in Catholic doctrine that would give them their opportunity -- and, in proving God's judgment wrong, unmake the universe. An abortion clinic counselor (Linda Fiorentino) who may or may not be of holy bloodlines, is tapped as the very reluctant savior. Accompanied by the thirteenth apostle (Chris Rock), a wayward muse (Salma Hayek), and two very questionable prophets (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, a.k.a. Jay and Silent Bob), she sets off on a mission to save the world.

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Studio: Grove Press
Pages   149
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 16, 1999
Publisher   Grove Press
ISBN  0802136796  
ISBN13  9780802136794  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! A writer, comedian, film producer, and director, Kevin Smith produced the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting; wrote and directed numerous successful films, including Clerks, Chasing Amy, and Jersey Girl; authored Silent BobSpeaks, Shootin 'the Sh*t with Kevin Smith, and the New York Times bestseller My Boring-Ass Life; and cohosts "SModcast" on SiriusXM radio. He lives in Los Angeles.

Kevin Smith currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California.

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Deep Thoughts from Morons  May 8, 2005
I'm not even Catholic and I thought this was a piece of crap.

To paraphrase a SEINFELD episode:
"So DOGMA offends you because you're a person of faith?"
"No, it offends me because it's so lame."

The only thing worse is JAY & SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK--and it's shorter!

And I'm relatively sure I'm the first reviewer who actually checked the "I am over the age of 13" box.
Extremely creative  Sep 12, 2003
The only thing better than the script was the casting. It still can't hold up against Raisin Arizona but what can? This comedy is also a thinker and gets into religion which smart authors avoid. But Smith can pull it off with his "don't take everything so seriously" attitude. The dialogue is witty and rapid fire. It sells itself, hence the reason this tubby lunch box was able to recruit such an all star cast. So all of that being said, what the hell was Jay and Silent Bob strike back? The only analogy I can come up with is Caddyshack and Caddyshack 2. I hope he has more movies focusing on storyline rather than characters in the future. The guy is obviously very talented to go from a clerk at Blockbuster 10 yrs ago to starring with Hollywoods elite. It's good to see someone make it on creativity and determination.
A Terrific Script!  May 16, 2003
At the moment, "Dogma" happens to be my favorite Kevin Smith movie. It's got comedy, action, adventure, and it even makes you think at times too. Is it controversial? Yes, but I think mainly because it is so misunderstood and that too many people take the movie way too seriously. I think Smith said it best when he said that it is ridiculous to get so heated over a movie with a rubber poop-monster in it. Nonetheless, I think it's a brilliant movie with a very smart and creative script.

Which is why I was happy to get my hands on "Dogma: a Screenplay." Now, you can relive the movie over and over again without being anywhere near a DVD or VHS player! "Dogma: a Screenplay" is 149 pages of hilarity and more.

The story is primarily about two banished angels who find a loophole on how to get back to Heaven. Only problem is that if they do this, they will prove that God was wrong and that everything that exists will come undone. Now, it is up to an abortion clinic counselor who is low on faith and her band of "unlikely heroes" to stop them before they undo history and destroy the universe.

Kevin Smith is dead-on when it comes to dialogue structure, and you can tell that's what he does best. He gives his characters life and authenticity, and gives you a reason to either care for or despise them. Smith allows the story to unfold through his characters with ease and comfort. As soon as you read the first few sentences, you're hooked. You'll want to keep reading until it's done... and then you'll want to read it again!

"Dogma" is indeed my favorite Kevin Smith flick at the moment. I think it has all of the right ingredients and doesn't miss any opportunities to entertain and amaze us. Will the film (script) upset people. Yes, most likely. Especially those who are religiously sensitive. Then again, think back to what Kevin Smith said about how pointless it is to allow a movie to get you so upset (especially one with a friggen' rubber poop-monster!). I recommend "Dogma: a Screenplay" to anybody who is a fan of Smith's, or who just loves a great script with outstanding dialogue and characters.

If you liked the movie....  Nov 20, 2002
... you'll like the screenplay. If you haven't seen the movie, you'll probably still really like the book.

For fans of dogma, the best part of this book is the little bits of dialogue that were cut from the movie, but are still in the screenplay. I've found that this actually makes the movie just a bit better, as it allows you to get just a bit more insight into the characters and plot. It's also nice to be able to catch the couple of bits of dialogue that you may not have been able to catch 100% of in the movie.

If you haven't seen the movie, watch it as soon as you finish the book. But on the plus side, the book is a laugh out loud funny read, with a great plot, characters you actually care about, and a message worth thinking about.

Dogma sucks  Nov 5, 2002
Maybe the other stuff K Smith wrote was ok, but Dogma really sucks. The characters are boring, the dialogue pretentious, except for the utterly foul-mouthed pair of morons. This must have been directed toward 6 to 14 year olds. The movie was even worse. It's a wonder it didn't sink Damon and Affleck's careers. Even Ed Wood's movies are better than Dogma. K Smith should have left the m & a off the title.

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