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Reviewed May 21st, 2000 by Brian White


Consumer alert: a special edition is on the way. This bare bones edition is best rented in anticipation.

Kevin Smith, the director of Clerks, Chasing Amy and Mallrats, gives us some religious comedy to digest. Smith explores everything he hates about his religion and religion in general, in a very silly and sometimes very funny movie.

Among other things, the film boasts an unbelievable cast: Ben Affleck and Matt Damon star as fallen angels that are trying to get back into heaven through a loophole in Roman Catholic dogma. Linda Fiorentino plays Bethany, who is chosen by God to stop the angels from completing their mission. Along the way, Bethany is helped by Chris Rock, as Rufus the 13th disciple, Selma Hayek as Muse, and Jay and Silent Bob, who are running characters in Smith's films. Alen Rickman, Jason Lee and Janeane Garofalo round out the cast.

Smith never allows his audience to be too weighed down by the religious fare. The film goes out of its way to entertain, sometimes at the expense of Smith's apt observations of religion and the religious.

The DVD is full frame on one side, and anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) on the other side. The transfer is quite crisp. Details and color are good.

The 5.1 mix is rich and deep. There are ample split-surround effects. For once, French-speaking viewers can use the DD setting on their receiver as there's a French language 5.1 mix!

As for extras, the included trailer, and cast bios is all we get.

Wait for the special edition.


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