Dogma is a 1999 American adventure fantasy comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith, who also stars in the film along with an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Alan Rickman, Bud Cort, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock, Jason Lee, George Carlin, Janeane Garofalo, Alanis Morissette, and Jason Mewes.
The fourth film set in the View Askewniverse is a hypothetical-scenario film revolving around the Catholic Church and Catholic belief, which caused organized protests and much controversy in many countries, delaying release of the film and leading to at least two death threats against Smith. The film follows two fallen angels, Loki and Bartleby, who, through a loophole in Catholic Dogma, find a way to get back into Heaven after being cast out by God. However, as existence is founded on the principle that God is infallible, their success would prove God wrong and thus undo all creation. The last scion and two prophets are sent by the Voice of God to stop them.
In the beginning of the film, there is a set of messages placed there by input of Harvey Weinstein. These are supposed to be serious and remind viewers the movie is fictitious. Even though Kevin puts his own spin on it.
- Ben Affleck as Bartleby, a former grigori.
- Matt Damon as Loki, the former angel of death.
- Linda Fiorentino as Bethany Sloane, an abortion clinic worker who is given the task of stopping Bartleby and Loki from returning to Heaven.
- Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith as Jay and Silent Bob, two stoner drug-dealing prophets from New Jersey who join Bethany on her quest.
- Salma Hayek as Serendipity, a muse who got a body on Earth so she could get credit for her work.
- Chris Rock as Rufus, the thirteenth apostle who claims his absence from the Bible for being black.
- Alan Rickman as Metatron, the voice of God.
- Jason Lee as Azrael, a muse who was sent to Hell for refusing to take sides during the war between God and Lucifer.
- George Carlin as Ignatius Glick, a pompous, publicity-seeking Cardinal.
- Ethan Suplee as Voice of Golgothan "Shit Demon", an "excremental" (a play on elemental) formed from the excrement of all who were crucified at Golgotha when they died.
- Barret Hackney, Jared Pfennigwerth, and Kitao Sakurai as The Stygian Triplets, three teenagers brought from Hell by Azrael to aid in his machinations.
- Bud Cort and Alanis Morissette as God
- Janeane Garofalo as Liz, Bethany's co-worker at the abortion clinic
- Dwight Ewell as Kane, a gang leader
- Brian O'Halloran as Grant Hicks, a reporter
- Jeff Anderson as Gun salesman
- Guinevere Turner as Bus station attendant