YMMV / Dogma

  • Acceptable Targets:
    • "Worse, Wisconsin." Note that this line was penned by a New Jersey native.
    • In a deleted scene, Bartleby asks why they didn't just leave Wisconsin, and Loki replies that they thought God would have sent them somewhere worse, like New Jersey.
  • Anticlimax Boss: The Golgothian, Hell's top assassin is taken out with a can of deodorant.
    • In the original script the Golgothan shows up at the hospital to stop Bob and Bethany. Bob's spray is expended and he has to fight the Golgothan himself so Bethany can slip past. Also ,one of the Stygian Triplets turns out to be Not Quite Dead and gives Bethany some trouble.
  • Anvilicious: Many of the ideas proposed in the film about organized religion and the nature of spirituality are worth serious consideration. They still come down very heavy-handed.
  • Awesome Music: "Still" by God Herself, played over the end credits.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the scene where Azrael holds the gang hostage at the bar, Jay can occasionally be seen sleeping in the background. This was not a gag, as Jason Mewes had lied to Kevin Smith about having kicked his heroin addiction, as side effect of which was frequent bouts of drowsiness (this despite Smith congratulating Mewes by writing "See? Sober living paid off" in the credits). This resulted in the two briefly falling out and Mewes having to go to rehab twice between 2002 and 2011 before he actually became sober for good.
  • It Was His Sled: God being a woman, played by Alanis Morissette.
  • Memetic Mutation: The infamous "Buddy Christ" statue has been used to death on forums, and has had a countless amount of captions attached, even by people who've never seen the movie.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Bartleby orbits it for at least a third of the movie, but unequivocally crosses it when he taunts Bethany and sticks a shiv in Loki, not only killing his friend but doing the deed without Loki entering the church, knowingly condemning him to Hell.
  • Narm: Perhaps the most dramatic scene in the film where Bethany discovers she's descended from Jesus' family is wrecked a bit by her soaking wet sweater clinging to her breasts.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Azrael's deleted monologue of how human-kind's shame transformed hell, once merely the absence of God, into the fire-and-brimstone pit of suffering it now is, accompanied by the occasional hellish wail and his own voice becoming distorted into a demonic-bellow as he gets angrier. He then proceeds to put a hand over Bethany's eyes and show her ten seconds worth of what the script describes as "some of the most fucked up and disturbing imagery that can be crammed into 240 frames of film." Whatever it is causes Bethany to collapse and start convulsing!
  • Squick: The Golgothan, the demon made of... human excrement. If you ever plan to eat again, just skip it.
    • A second appearance of the demon was deleted.
  • Tear Jerker: As mentioned below, Bartleby meeting God once again since thousands of years ago and breaking down in tears. It only makes the punishment he deserves tragic... a little bit at least.
    • Silent Bob crying as he carries Bethany's dead body. Thankfully, she's brought back to life.
    • Bethany realizes the Awful Truth: She must kill the angels Bartleby and Loki. She runs into the woods and falls into a creek, flailing at the water as she cuts loose a Rage Against the Heavens. The Metatron arrives in response to calm her down, which leads to Bethany collapsing weakly into the water, weakly protesting against her quest. Followed by the Metatron telling the story of how he had to inform Jesus about his destiny.
    Bethany: I don't want this, it's too big.
    Metatron: That's what Jesus said. Yes, I had to tell him. And you can imagine how that hurt the Father — not to be able to tell the Son Himself because one word from His lips would destroy the boy's frail human form? So I was forced to deliver the news to a scared child who wanted nothing more than to play with other children. I had to tell this little boy that He was God's only Son, and that it meant a life of persecution and eventual crucifixion at the hands of the very people He came to enlighten and redeem. He begged me to take it back, as if I could. He begged me to make it all not true. And I'll let you in on something, Bethany, this is something I've never told anyone before... If I had the power, I would have.
  • What an Idiot: A trigger-happy Jay almost causes the apocalypse.
  • The Woobie:
    • Bartleby, also Jerkass Woobie:
      • He was the one most sympathetic to and fond of Humanity, a viewpoint he held from Biblical times up until that night on the Jersey-bound train.
      • Bartleby breaks down in tears when he sees God again for the first time in several millenia. That's when you realize that he is essentially a child who has been abandoned by his mother.
    • Metatron:
      • He feels this way about Jesus, after he told him how his life would turn out: "He begged me to 'make it all not true'... If I had the power, I would have."
      • Metatron is something of a Stoic Woobie: He's had to deliver some truly awful messages to humanity over the course of history, and now people are drenching him with the contents of hand-held fire hydrants. He never complains, but still, it's hard not to feel sorry for him.
    • Loki. His job aside, he was one of the nicer angels; he even hung out with Jay and Bob before knowing they are prophets. When he finds out Bartleby is more focused on war on God than going home, he becomes more sympathetic, even cutting off his own wings and trying to stop his former friend. It doesn't end well.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Azrael, who would rather not exist (and take the universe down with him) than stay in Hell any longer. Later, Bartleby becomes one as well, because of the unfairness of God loving humans more than angels.