Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1999. View Askew Productions, STK. Screenplay by Kevin Smith. Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman. Produced by Scott Mosier. Music by Howard Shore. Production Design by Robert Holtzman. Costume Design by Abigail Murray. Film Editing by Scott Mosier, Kevin Smith. Independent Spirit Awards 1999. Toronto International Film Festival 1999.
Kevin Smith stepped into unnecessary controversy when he released this spoof on Catholicism, one which isn’t in any way offensive to anybody smart enough to view it with an open mind. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon play two angels who have problems with the authority from upstairs, finding a loophole in Catholic dogma and deciding to try and have their souls restored in order that they may re-enter heaven. The accomplishment of this would mean that all of God’s creation would be undone, and so it is up to the last descendant of Jesus Christ (a disappointingly bad Linda Fiorentino) to stop them before they can achieve their goal. The all-star cast also features Salma Hayek as a Muse, Chris Rock as Rufus the Thirteenth Apostle, Alanis Morissette (in one of the film’s most inspired sequences) as God and Alan Rickman as Metatron the messenger. The film showcases its intelligent examination of religious faith with wit and style, satisfying for anyone who ever wanted to think outside the box, but it gets rambly as it continues and is far too long for its own good.