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This movie is the worst kind of parody. It is messy, poorly planned, badly written, and like most parodies, it is missing crucial parts of the plot.
So why would you watch it? Because it fits into a unique category - it's so bad that it's good. This movie mocks the Hunger games and the Hangover series. It seems that this is the only reason why this movie was written, directed, produced and shot. And it serves well the purpose it was created for.
The cast is sub-par, though I would say Russel and Volk (Margarita Volkovinskaya if you insist) save the day, sort of. Volk, in the role of the forbidden fruit, joint with the fact she acts far better than the more experienced Jennifer Lawrence, and portrays a bizarre, yet more believable Katniss (or Katnip in this case) is an excellent casting choice. She maintains the concept of jail-bate in a dystopia, and she does it well. Russel plays a sort of mad hatter, which I personally enjoyed.
The plot is poorly structured from the start, and the story is a silly combination of two other movie series. As far as The Hunger Games go, this parody is just a fun way to laugh at the production. As far as the Hangover trilogy goes, I would rather have this as the third movie. Which in fact is terrible.
The combination of ridiculous characters fighting senselessly, irrational nudity, poorly delivered violence, and quite a few good looking women, is perhaps not worthy of an Oscar. But it is a fun way to spend hour and a half. Better than quite a few movies I'd like to forget.
The fact of the matter is, I actually watched twice a movie that got some of the lowest rankings ever, and was destroyed in the box office. So I think a B+ is a fair grade for this fun parody.
During my teen years, I watched this movie at least ten times. Since it came out, I think my total came closer to 25. And I was surprised to see it got such low ratings. I can only assume the religious right is responsible, because any person who can take things lightly, and can accept satire as a valid type of entertainment, you would enjoy watching it very much.
This work of art was a climactic point in the career of Kevin Smith. In just 5 years he rose from a cinema student to a star Director and actor, and the way he did it is truly amazing. He took the concept of the new testament, and wrote another book. Obviously in good humour, but his story actually made sense. That is why so many people watched it.
Smith avoids wasting money on special effects, even though this was their golden age. This is also a point of strength, since he clearly gets the job done.
After Clerks, people grew to expect a lot for Kevin Smith. And indeed, the story is well written and well told. I especially like the biblical like clash between the prophets and the false prophets.
I think there are two many stars to name in this movie, but Alan Rickman as an Archangel, and George Carlin as a non believer portraying a cardinal, is the ones I liked best.
Even though this movie is meant to be a light humorous way to relax, criticize or mock some ideas if that's what your'e into, as you watch it more than once you realize it has layers. It takes the dogma of the Catholic church and ridicules it not to mock but to show how people would take an idea that is meant only for good, and would turn evil, as they are misguided and follow blindly anyone who offers them peace.
Given my introduction I assume you could guess that nothing short of A++ would be my grade for this awesome piece of entertainment. 17 years later, I am still waiting for Dogma 2.