Dogma is the official system of belief or doctrine held by a religion, or a particular group or organization. The movie Dogma is a comedy and adventure film from the writer and director of Clerks, Kevin Smith. Smith stated that the film was a love letter to the Catholic religion. He was raised a strict Catholic and makes a statement in the film about the belief system of major religions. The movie received much protest when it was released.
The film stars heavyweight actors including Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Chris Rock, George Carlin, Salma Hayek, Jason Lee, Jason Mewes, Linda Fiorentino and Alan Rickman.
The film begins with an old man who is attacked on a New Jersey pier. He is beaten down by three hockey stick-wielding teenagers. This old man, played by Bud Court, is later revealed to be God.
The focus shifts to Wisconsin. There you see two fallen angels, Bartelby and Loki. Through their conversation you find that they were banished to the Midwest as a punishment for failing to follow God's orders. Bartelby shows Loki a film clip about the dedication of a church in New Jersey. This re-dedication allows a loophole that Bartelby and Loki can use to reenter the heavenly kingdom.
Bethany Sloane is a worker in an abortion clinic. After being rescued from an attack by the hockey stick-sporting madmen, she is visited by an angel from heaven, Metatron. Metatron tells Bethany that she is the focal point of a fight against evil. He tells her to go to New Jersey to stop an evil attack that could end existence on this planet. One of the evil ones mentioned is a demon, Azrael. Azrael partners with the hockey-stick attackers, the Sygian triplets. Their goal is to stop Bethany in her quest to go to New Jersey. During her journey Bethany is joined by Jay and Silent Bob. They are reoccurring characters in Smith's films. Also she is joined by the 13th apostle, Rufus, and a wayward muse who now works as a stripper.
Bartelby, Loki, Azrael and Bethany all head to the church in New Jersey for the battle. The final showdown at the church decides the fate of good versus evil.