Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Controversial comedy is irreverent and bloody.

R 1999 128 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 13 reviews

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age 13+

As usual, people exaggerate like hell on this site.

Dogma is great, and will be highly appreciated by teens looking for a raunchy comedy, and adults lookin for a philosophical masterpiece. As usual, Smith’s dialogue is quick, witty, and incredibly well written, but if you’re younger, there are plenty of stupid, low-brow jokes that are just as funny as everything else. The violence is not that bad, AT ALL! Some people get shot, and it’s almost all off-screen. A bartender gets shot on camera, an angel character gets its wings shot off, and there is one gory moment when a character’s head blows up. But overall, there’s more violence in Family Guy and South Park. One thing you should know is that this and most other Kevin Smith movies are phenomenal, but RIDICULOUSLY vulgar. With extensive descriptions of sex in Clerks and Chasing Amy, and 250 “f-bombs” in Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, they definitely aren’t good for younger kids. Dogma is in the middle with profanity. But, if you do want to get your preteen into Kevin Smith, I do reccomend Mallrats or Strike Back. Both are vulgar, but the sexual talk isn’t nearly as bad, and it’s mostly just f—k and s—t throughout. Plus, for fans of film, Strike Back has easily the most cameo-filled third act of all time. You wouldn’t believe how many people show up, and how many you can recognize, at that.

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age 15+
One other thing I would add is that at one point a woman is shown in a loose shirt and panties - when jumping out of bed she briefly swings her legs over showing her private area ( although covered by underwear ) and then shows her bum ( again covered by underwear )

Movie Details

  • In theaters: July 6, 1999
  • On DVD or streaming: June 26, 2001
  • Cast: Ben Affleck, Linda Fiorentino, Matt Damon
  • Director: Kevin Smith
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 128 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong language including sex-related dialogue, violence, crude humor and some drug content
  • Last updated: February 28, 2022

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    Dated romantic comedy wrong for all kids.

    age 17+

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