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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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MPAA Rating: R

Raunchy religious satire about two fallen angels (Ben Affleck and Matt Damon) who think they have found a loophole that will let them back into heaven. Also with Linda Fiorentino, Alan Rickman, Chris Rock, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, George Carlin, Salma Hayek, Jason Lee and Bud Cort. Alanis Morissette shows up as God. [2:05]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Lots of sexual innuendo and rough sex talk about different types of intercourse and masturbation; also a few references to oral sex and erections. In an extended scene an angel drops his pants to reveal that he has no genitals; the camera lingers on his naked crotch. After she falls in water a woman's nipples are evident through her wet blouse, and we see pictures on a wall of topless women. Some cleavage and a woman in a small bra and panties dances suggestively around a pole. We see a man's bare behind.

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - Two angels loose their wings in a gory manner: One shows up with bloody stumps where his wings used to be; the other has his wings shot off with an automatic gun, in an extended scene: we see them being cut to shreds and eventually he also has bloody stumps. A man is attacked and beaten with hockey sticks (we see the assailants crouching over him). A woman is stabbed and killed with a hockey stick (we briefly see the bloody wound). Another woman is hit in the head with a hockey stick. There's a scene of a massacre, with many bloody bodies strewn in the street. We see a headless body and an angel's head explodes. An angels shoots several men (mostly off screen, but we see their blood spurting on a woman) and shoots another man in a bus (off screen). A demon shoots a man with an automatic weapon: we see the bullets hit him, while his body is jerking and we see the bloody bullet holes. An angel twists and breaks a man's neck. An angel stabs and kills another angel. There are a few fist fights and two men are thrown off a moving train. An angel threatens a woman by putting a broken bottle to her throat. A demon made entirely of excrement comes out of a toilet, threatens a group of people and heaves fecal matter at them. A few men attack him and we later see them lying on the floor. A man hits another demon with a golf club and black goo oozes out.

PROFANITY 10 - Close to 100 F-words, many scatological terms, several anatomical terms and many insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Religion, Catholicism, church laws, the true nature of God, of angels, of prophets, etc., martyrdom, smoking (cigarettes and marihuana), abortion clinics.

MESSAGE - God exists; however, God and the others creatures of heaven (and hell) are much more earthly than we think.

(NOTE: Whether one finds "Dogma" blasphemous or merely irreverent will depend on one's perception of religion -- especially Christianity, and particularly Catholicism -- and one's sense of humor. The film seems to happily acknowledge the existence of a Christian God and the divinity of Christ; however, it toys with several religious themes, often in a coarse and even vulgar manner.)

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