"Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back"
Directed by Kevin Smith.
Written by Kevin Smith.
Starring Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck.
Release Year: 2001
Review Date: 8/24/01
The second half of the double bill was the
new Kevin Smith movie. I admit, expectations were low because
I thought the previews sucked for the movie and because of my
horrible experience watching
"Dogma", one of the worst films I saw
two years ago.
Thank the Lord I was wrong! I can tell
you why the trailer sucked--it was the only thirty seconds of the
film where characters are not saying one of the three following
"Fuck"--used in every manner possible, I
don't think any of the films I have seen in the last five years,
save for "Casino", use the f-word this much. I can't
confirm this, but I think it was the goal of writer/director
Smith to have every character that appeared in the film say the
word at least once.
"Gay"--there are more male-on-male
blowjob jokes in this movie than any other film in history.
See the film and you will agree.
"Clit"--you have to see the movie to know
why...but, when Jay was making the "Clit Commander" video, my theater lost
control of their minds!!
This movie is hilarious, and not just
because of the ~300-400 profanities laced throughout its 90
minutes. Quite simply, if you have not seen Smith's other films
("Clerks", "Mallrats", "Chasing Amy", "Dogma"), do NOT go and see
"JSBSB." There are so many references to Smith's other films that I
would say a good 25% of the movie gets its humor from just that. In
fact, the end sequence won't even be funny to you if you don't
recognize some of the characters coming out of the in-film movie
theater. Smith's reliance on his past films is great...if you have
seen all of them. For the unordained, this might lead to many "Hey,
what is everyone laughing at?" moments.
Also, there are about 30 cameos in the
film, and about half of those cameos are famous people parodying
themselves. Even more difficult is the fact that some of these
actors show up in two different roles--so, Ben Affleck shows up as
himself...AND as his character from two other Smith films. This
will confuse the *shit* out of you unless you have seen the other
films. Now, granted, some cameos, like Mark Hamill's near the end
of the film, will make you laugh whether you know he was Luke
Skywalker or not. And, some jokes, like the real-life Kevin Smith's
hatred of "Magnolia" director PT Anderson, will only make you laugh
if you read a lot of Variety or The Hollywood Reporter.
There is so much in this film that I
won't even go into a plot summary. For a good half-hour, the film
doesn't even mention why Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith)
are going to Hollywood, anyway. It didn't matter, because the
movie takes time to poke fun at about a dozen other movies during
this time, including "Planet of the Apes" (the original), "Good Will
"Charlie's Angels"...it was exhausting. This was
great for me, because I have seen all of these.
This one isn't Smith's best--clearly, that
is "Clerks"--but, it is a close second place for me. ("Chasing
Amy", "Mallrats" and "Dogma" are all Rentals for me.) If you
have seen Smith's other films, you are going to love this film.
If not, expect a lesser experience.
Rating (if you've seen Smith's other films):
Rating (if you haven't): Matinee
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard