Kevin Smith successfully acquires R rating for his new porn-based movie

Several years ago I saw Kevin Smith on a talk show. He said he was Catholic and that his newborn was recently baptized. I was startled. This was the same man who wrote Clerks, a movie that tried to get laughs from extraordinarily perverse sex dialog.

Then there was a stir about his movie Dogma, where a character says Catholics who accept the perpetual virginity of Mary are gullible. That is child’s play compared to Clerks.

Jump ahead to 2008. Kevin Smith has been trying to get an R rating for his new movie about two friends who try to make a homemade porn film to pay off debt. He refused to edit his sex scenes any further. Lucky for him, he just won an appeal with the MPAA, so his movie will debut later this year with an R rating. I’m sure Smith knows male teenagers make up most of his audience. Once again, Smith will succeed in making light of sexual immorality and corrupting impressionable minds.

To add insult to injury, in a documentary called “Back to the Well,” Smith says he only goes to Mass the day before he starts working on a movie and the day before it premieres.

does that sound like a man who claims he is a “devout Catholic”?

Kevin Smith also said the following in an interview,

*"Smith: (referring to his Catholic upbringing) The communion thing, later in life, just became harder and harder to swallow. No pun intended. When you’re a kid, they say, “Here’s the body of Christ.” And you’re like, “Yeah, of course it is.” And they’re like, “No, it’s the body of Christ!” When that dude stands up there and transubstantiates, it’s the body of Christ! It’s no longer a wafer! You’re like, “All right!”

And then later you say, “No, it’s just a wafer. This is really more symbolic than anything else.” And they still tow the line: “It’s the body of Christ, [edit]!”*

christianitytoday.com/movies/interviews/kevinsmith.html

does that sound Catholic?

No, but it does sound like many other self-described Catholics.

sadly, you would be correct. I can attest to it, because I used to be one of those “Cafeteria Catholics”.

He definitely has a beef with the Church, but he just can’t seem to leave it (nor does he want to). I bet he comes back fully a little later in life, probably when his kid is older and he’s a little wiser. Something like what Ann Rice did. You can tell from his movies that he’s struggling with his faith.

I have to admit though that I enjoyed the segment from “An Evening with Kevin Smith” where he tells the story about when his mom told him that some people from her church were going to boycott Dogma, so he made signs and went - I think he says something to the effect of “it’s offensive to Catholics, and I’m Catholic, so I was happy to boycott my own movie”. Of course nobody recognized him as it’s not likely that any of them would have seen his films. Some of the protesters had to fuss at him because he was a little overzealous in his effort, carrying a sign that said “Dogma is dogsh*t”.

He doesn’t strike me as being much different from a lot of Recovering Catholics. I’ll just keep praying that he finds the answers he’s looking for.

Who?

Mr. Smith and Mr. Mewes have been portraying perverts and drug pushers and making it seem OK. That is not OK. He is simply following the current dysfunctional living character template. So sad.

Just pray for both of them. Like George Carlin, who appeared in Dogma, Mr. Smith appears to be a lapsed Catholic. May the Holy Spirit touch him and all the people he’s working with.

God bless,
Ed

Before I came back to the church I was a huge Kevin Smith fan, and even thought some of his ‘views’ were funny, had a point. After coming back to the church I see it differently, and I find it sad that he rejects the church for a secular/pagan lifestyle. If I can come back and see the error of my ways, maybe he can too someday. Pray for him.

I personally don’t consider this an important issue. It is something to leave up to the individual.

Actually I found it quite interesting that He does in fact go to mass at all(he says so on the Clerks 2 DVD as well)… there’s something positive in that and it is at least a sign that he does have some faith, despite the clear lack of morality in his films.

I have stopped watching his movies, but it was only after the ending of Clerks 2(It was the only movie Of his I’ve seen after joining the church), which I thought was quite filthy and horrid. But I’m not going to judge him and his own faith because he’s human just like me. I thought it was quite positive that he has it and actually said to myself “that’s interesting, he’s catholic.”

I see that you are recently converted to the One True Faith.

Welcome!

However, your moral relativism (I won’t judge him because I’m bad too), is exactly that which Pope Benedict XVI is battling.

“I don’t appreciate your ruse.”

I don’t think people are judging him and what is in his heart but his actions. He is anti-God right now. Dogma was an awful film. I watched a taped appearance of Mr. Smith at a University talking filth, and another, where he tells how he would redo the crucifixion, with Jay and Silent Bob of course.

I think Catholics need to understand that it is important when individuals, Catholic or not, say evil about the faith or treat the life and death of Jesus as a joke. Very often, people do judge other people, especially people they don’t know, by their actions. You’re on the job the first day, and who will you be inclined to talk to? The individual who seems angry or the happy, cheerful person across the way? I have compassion for Mr. Smith but I will no longer watch anything he does. I did watch some of his work so I could form a firsthand opinion. What he does is wrong and it should be talked about and, in some cases, his work, not the man, should be condemned.

God bless,
Ed

I would agree here strongly. However we need to be careful not to judge him.

Blasphemy is a heinous sin(and it is NOT just swearing! it is also making tasteless Jokes, and insulting God in other ways such as disrespecting the Eucharist). Sadly it is far too often indulged in by Catholics(Not just “Cafeteria” ones either!). But it is one of the worst sins one can commit.

I mean if we stand for God and we commit the sin of blasphemy, even when we accidently step on a nail during DIY stuff at home, how would non-christians think of us? Hopefully as Human beings(and therefore inherant hypocrits), but they could possibly be inticed not to join the faith because of our hypocracy.

It is important because it is actually blasphemy to make those silly tasteless jokes about God.

P.S
Forgive me for using a public computer where they don’t allow spell-check!

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