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Tear Jerker / Dogma

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  • In the deleted scenes, we see Bethany at work talking to a girl unsure of taking birth control (she's worried about weight gain), which compels her to share the story of how a botched abortion left her infertile and broke up her marriage. Linda Fiorentino conveys the weariness and regret so well she even tears up towards the end.
    "The weight goes straight to your boobs, making you a goddess in your boyfriend's eyes. Trust me, take the five pounds."
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  • Bethany and Bartelby's heart-to-heart after a few drinks in the dining car, talking about when they lost their faith. Bartelby's experience is even more sad, considering he literally knew God and had been in Her presence.
    Bartelby: One day, God just...stopped listening. I kept talking, but I knew I wasn't getting through.
  • Bethany realizes the Awful Truth: in order to save existence, she must kill 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.
  • Nearly everything about Bartleby Jumping Off the Slippery Slope near the end of the movie.
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    • After the encounter on the train, his rant to Loki, baring both his sadness and anger.
    Bartleby: Some of them don't even believe He exists! And despite it all, He has shown them infinite fucking patience. What about us? I asked you once to lay down the sword because I felt sorry for them. What was the result? Our expulsion from Paradise! Where was His infinite fucking patience then!? Its not right, its not fair! We've paid our debt! Don't you think it's time to go home?
    • Bartleby killing Loki. The expressions on both their faces and the gentleness in Bartleby's touch is what really cinches it.
    Bartleby: I'm sorry old friend, but you lost the faith.
    • Jay shooting Bartleby's wings off. It would be a suitable comeuppance for the events of the last few minutes, if it weren't for Bartleby's obvious agony, and the way his hysterical laughter breaks into sobbing for a moment as he touches the stump of one of his wings and stares at the blood on his hand.
    • Bartleby meeting God for the first time in thousands of years and breaking down in tears, apologizing repeatedly and sobbing into her shoulder. It makes the punishment he deserves at least a little bit tragic.
  • Silent Bob crying as he carries Bethany's dead body. Thankfully, she's brought back to life.
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  • The end credits song, "Still," sung by God Herself, about how, in spite of all of the terrible things that human beings have done and continue to do, She loves them unconditionally.
  • Out of universe, Kevin has recounted the story of how George Carlin asked to speak to him before filming began. Smith immediately began to panic, fearing that Carlin had a problem with his role or was going to ask for more money. When they sat down, the normally voluble Carlin was acting nervous, and he proceeded to ask Kevin if, because of the recent death of his wife, would it be possible for him to put a Band-Aid over his wedding ring instead of removing it (which he wasn't ready to do yet). Smith immediately gave him the go-ahead.
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