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Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
(R with extreme prejudice)

Dimension Films
Official Site
Director: Kevin Smith
Producers: Scott Mosier
Written by: Kevin Smith
Cast: Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jason Lee, Will Ferrell, Chris Rock, Shannon Elizabeth
Rating: Jennifer Prestigiacomo - out of 5
Rating: Reed Oliver - out of 5

The wait is over, the much-anticipated movie is here, and the only word that registers when I think of JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK is disappointment. Yes, I know I am going to be stoned by die-hard Kevin Smith fans, but dammit I am a fan too, and I was really frustrated after seeing Smith's finale to the Jersey Chronicles. The multitude of cameos, although hilarious, only took the movie so far and the minimalist plot, with its overload of dick and fart jokes, grew tiresome and annoying.

Smith's movies have been getting progressively worse. Smith's crowning achievement was CLERKS, made on a $27,575 budget. As he has garnered more notoriety and consequently larger budgets, his films have grown into a cameo parades instead of great stories.

The premise for J&SBSB's barely-there plot is the decision of Holden (Affleck) and Banky (Lee), co-creators of the Bluntman and Chronic comics, to make a Bluntman and Chronic movie. When Jay and Silent Bob (the inspiration for the characters) find out about the movie, they vow to make sure they stop the movie or at least get their cut of the proceeds. On their way to Hollywood they encounter several roadblocks like Charlie's Angels wannabes (Elizabeth & Co.) and a deranged Federal Wildlife Marshal (Ferrell).

I'd tell you more about the plot, but it is really inconsequential. The crux of this film is to say goodbye to the Jay and Silent Bob movies. Smith has decided to grow up and make movies without the beloved duo. The film does a good job of delivering non-stop cameos of actors who reprise roles from Smith's previous films. Unfortunately, the humor in this film was extremely base and unintelligent. Too much of the comedy focused on exploiting Jay's homoerotic fantasies.

Overall, if you're a Kevin Smith fan you are going to see this flick anyway. For those of you who are new to the Smith scene, I suggest you skip this one until you see some of his earlier works like CLERKS, MALLRATS or CHASING AMY (you can skip DOGMA in my opinion) to understand all the connections in J&SBSB.

Jennifer Prestigiacomo

So youíre considering paying good money to see Kevin Smithís latest film, JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK. If youíve enjoyed all of Smithís previous movies (even MALLRATS, at least a little), are up on recent pop culture, and truly love STAR WARS (yeah, the old George Lucas flick), I can virtually guarantee you that this movie will rock your fucking world. Viewed at the Austin premiere screening in a room full of Smith fans, a fair number of whom partook of the herb or at least drank decently before the show, this was movie heaven: a love letter from Smith to everyone who ever appreciated the original tale of the Quik Mart and has kept up with Silent Bob ever since. Itís also the last film to include Jay, Silent Bob, and everyone who inhabits their universe, so itís a sweet kiss my ass goodbye.

If you havenít seen (or perhaps hated) any of Smithís previous works, arenít up on the latest teen icons of the silver and small screens, or just donít give a ratís ass about STAR WARS, JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK will not only seem juvenile and absurd, it probably wonít make any sense at all, since knowledge of the previous films (especially CHASING AMY), the cast of AMERICAN PIE, and who stars in what on the WB is most helpful in understanding what the hell is going on and why that guy next to you is laughing so hard the Dr. Pepper is coming out of his nose.

JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK will put its audience into two camps: lovers and haters. Choose wisely whether or not to share the love with these bitches from Jersey.

óReed Oliver


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