Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back

With only four feature films under his belt, Kevin Smith is already consuming himself. This loosely structured road comedy revolves around characters who were introduced in Smith's very first film, the ultra-low-budget gabfest CLERKS (1994), and the plot is an infra dig riot of jokes about actors, situations and gossip pertaining to Smith's life and work....read more

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With only four feature films under his belt, Kevin Smith is already consuming himself. This loosely structured road comedy revolves around characters who were introduced in Smith's very first film, the ultra-low-budget gabfest CLERKS (1994), and the plot is an infra dig riot of jokes about actors, situations and gossip pertaining to Smith's life and work. Our heroes are profane motor-mouth Jay (Jason Mewes) and his aptly named sidekick Silent Bob (Smith himself), who spend their days selling dope outside the local video store until two events shatter their complacent worldview: They're barred from their beloved patch of pavement, and they learn that old friend Banky Edwards (Jason Lee), who based his "Bluntman & Chronic" comic book series on their do-nothing, weed-whacked lives, has sold the characters to Hollywood. Production on a big-budget movie starts in a matter of days, and Jay and Silent Bob are being vilified online as annoying numbnuts, and — worse — sell-outs. So the gormless gits decide to save their dumbass reputations by hitching to Hollywood and stopping production on the movie. Along the way, they piss off a nun (Carrie Fisher), hitch a ride with four gorgeous gals — Sissy (Eliza Dushku), Missy (Jennifer Schwalbach), Chrissy (Ali Larter) and Justice (Shannon Elizabeth) — who aren't what they seem, liberate an orangutan from an animal testing facility and are mistaken for dangerous terrorists. Smith's unrepentantly juvenile sense of humor leans heavily on elementary pop-culture parody, a particularly tiresome and parasitic form of humor that depends on an audience of smirking know-it-alls who can be trusted to snicker whenever they get the reference. Smith's targets include his distributor, Miramax; actors Ben Affleck (star of Smith's CHASING AMY and DOGMA) and Matt Damon (co-star of DOGMA); directors Gus Van Sant and Wes Craven; Joey Lauren Adams (Smith's ex-girlfriend and CHASING AMY star); comic book nerds, Shannen Doherty (star of Smith's MALLRATS); Internet weenies and teen movie stars like James Van Der Beek and Jason Biggs, who've been cast to play Jay and Silent Bob in the movie within the movie, which is doubly funny because it's, like, self-referential. There's also an extended parody of CHARLIE'S ANGELS, and a scene that mocks the as-yet-unmade, live-action Scooby Doo, which may be the movie's high point. These loosely connected bits are held together by wall-to-wall fart jokes, gay gags and the notion that relentless foul-mouthedness is inherently funny.

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  • Released: 2001
  • Rating: R
  • Review: With only four feature films under his belt, Kevin Smith is already consuming himself. This loosely structured road comedy revolves around characters who were introduced in Smith's very first film, the ultra-low-budget gabfest CLERKS (1994), and the plot i… (more)

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