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
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
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.