Synopsis: Two fallen angels who were ejected from paradise find themselves banned in Wisconsin. They are now headed for New Jersey where they find a loophole that can get them back into heaven. The only catch is that it will destroy humanity. A group bands together to stop them.
Production: Lions Gate
  8 nominations.
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130 min


Jersey spring day. Beyond the wooden planks that make up the aged fun pier,

the ocean waves crash into the sandy shoreline.

An OLD MAN stares at the empty beach. Sun-worshipers hours away from

besmirching the dunes. His features are simple. He wears an old overcoat.

His face belies good years gone by - a face that has seen more sunrises

than one would suspect. He inhales the crisp, salty air and lets a small,

satisfied smile cross his face.

Behind him. a large arcade with steel shuttered doors sits on the

boardwalk. Three young boys skate around by on roller blades, passing a

street hockey ball between them proficiently. The Old Man views them

briefly. checks his watch, and looks back toward the ocean.

The skates of the three hockey playing youths skid to a halt. We pan up to

their faces - now cold and dispassionate. They look at one another and nod.

Their skates glide out of frame.

P.O.V. SKATERS - The Old Man leans on the railing that overlooks the beach.

We get closer and closer to him until...

One of the skaters checks him hard into the railing. The Old Man exhales

violently and falls to his knees. The two other skaters begin savagely

beating on him with their hockey sticks, as he crumbles beneath them.

Repeatedly their blades crash down hard on his head.


I don't understand - how can you base your lack of belief in God on the

writings Lewis Caroll?

The three skaters cease their beating and check the Old Man's pulse.

Satisfied, they skate away, leaving his crumpled form on the boardwalk.


LOKI walks beside a NUN in a semi-busy terminal. They pass through the

metal detectors. The Nun carries a donation can.


Leaving 'Alice in Wonderland' aside, look closely at 'Through the Looking

Glass' - particularly 'The Walrus and the Carpenter' poem: what's the

metaphorical meaning?


I wasn't aware there was one.


Oh, but there is - it colorfully details the sham that is organized

religion. The Walrus - with his girth and good-nature - obviously refers to

either the Buddha, or - with his tusks - the lovable Hindu elephant god,

Lord Ganesha. This takes care of the Eastern religions. The Carpenter is an

obvious reference to Jesus Christ, who was purportedly raised the son of a

carpenter. He represents the Western religions. And in the poem. what do

they do? They dupe all the oysters into followmg them. Then. when the

oysters collective guard is down. the Walrus and the Carpenter shuck and

devour the helpless creatures, en masse. I don't know what that says to

you, but to me it says that following faiths based on these mythological

figures insures the destruction of one's inner-being.

BARTLEBY sits amongst a row of seats by one of the arrival gates. He eats

popcorn and stares at...

A steady stream of TRAVELERS, exiting the gate, meeting lovedones, family.


Organized religion destroys who we are or who we can be by inhibiting our

actions and decisions out of fear of an intangible parent-figure who shakes

a finger at us from thousands of years ago and says "No, no!"

Bartleby smiles at the meet-and-greets, warmed. Loki saddles up beside him,

kneeling on one of the seats, facing the Nun.


'Through the Looking Glass' - a children's tale? I think not.


(really dazed)

I've... I've never really thought about it like that...

(beat; shocked; off her cassock)

What have I been doing with my life...?'.

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Kevin Smith

Kevin Patrick Smith (born August 2, 1970) is an American filmmaker, actor, comedian, public speaker, comic book writer, author, and podcaster. He came to prominence with the low-budget comedy Clerks (1994), which he wrote, directed, co-produced, and acted in as the character Silent Bob of stoner duo "Jay & Silent Bob". Jay and Silent Bob have appeared in Smith's follow-up films Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back which were mostly all set in his home state of New Jersey. While not strictly sequential, the films frequently featured crossover plot elements, character references, and a shared canon described by fans as the "View Askewniverse", named after his production company View Askew Productions, which he co-founded with Scott Mosier. more…

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