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Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) Online
Original Title :
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Genre :
Movie / Comedy
Year :
2001
Directror :
Kevin Smith
Cast :
Jason Mewes,Kevin Smith,Ben Affleck
Writer :
Kevin Smith,Kevin Smith
Budget :
$22,000,000
Type :
Movie
Time :
1h 44min
Rating :
6.9/10

The comic "Bluntman and Chronic" is based on real-life stoners Jay and Silent Bob, so when they get no profit from a big-screen adaptation, they set out to wreck the movie.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) Online

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is a tale of adventure on the open road. When Dante and Randal (of Clerks fame) get a restraining order to keep the punchy Jay and his hetero life-mate, Silent Bob, from selling drugs in front of the Quick Stop convenience store, their lives are suddenly empty. They find new purpose when their friend, Brodie, informs them a movie is being made featuring two infamous characters based on their likenesses. After visiting one of the creators of the Bluntman and Chronic, Holden McNeil, they set out to get what fat movie cash they deserve and hopefully put an end to people slandering them on the Internet. Along the way, they learn the rules of the road from a hitchhiking George Carlin, ride with a group of gorgeous jewel thieves, and incur the wrath of a hapless wildlife marshal for liberating an orangutan named Suzanne. The quest takes them from New Jersey to Hollywood where a showdown involving the police, the jewel thieves, and the Bluntman and Chronic ... {locallinks-homepage}
Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Mewes Jason Mewes - Jay
Kevin Smith Kevin Smith - Silent Bob
Ben Affleck Ben Affleck - Holden McNeil / Ben Affleck
Jeff Anderson Jeff Anderson - Randal Graves
Brian O'Halloran Brian O'Halloran - Dante Hicks (as Brian Christopher O'Halloran)
Shannon Elizabeth Shannon Elizabeth - Justice
Eliza Dushku Eliza Dushku - Sissy
Ali Larter Ali Larter - Chrissy
Jennifer Schwalbach Smith Jennifer Schwalbach Smith - Missy (as Jennifer Schwalbach)
Will Ferrell Will Ferrell - Federal Wildlife Marshal Willenholly
Jason Lee Jason Lee - Brodie Bruce / Banky Edwards
Judd Nelson Judd Nelson - Sheriff
George Carlin George Carlin - Hitchhiker
Carrie Fisher Carrie Fisher - Nun
Seann William Scott Seann William Scott - Brent

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon mention that one reason to do a film is because they owe the director a favor. It was writer and director Kevin Smith who brought the script of Good Will Hunting - Der gute Will Hunting (1997) to the attention of producer Harvey Weinstein at Miramax.

The voice of Scooby-Doo was provided by Mark Hamill.

Baby Silent Bob was played by Harley Quinn Smith, daughter of Kevin Smith.

Because Ben Affleck reprised his role as Holden from Chasing Amy (1997), Kevin Smith had originally wanted to cast different actors to play Affleck and Matt Damon in the Good Will Hunting - Der gute Will Hunting (1997) spoof. Smith first considered casting Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, then Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans, before finally deciding to cast Affleck and Damon as themselves.

The word "fuck" is used two hundred forty-eight times.

This is the fifth film in Kevin Smith's intricately interconnected View Askewniverse series (the first four being Clerks - Die Ladenhüter (1994), Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), and Dogma (1999)). The movies are all linked by characters, themes, and events, and each contains numerous references to the others. The sixth part of the series is Clerks II (2006).

Kevin Smith was originally highly reluctant to do a Jay and Silent Bob solo film, believing that the characters couldn't carry a film. Positive reaction to Jay and Silent Bob's cameo in Scream 3 (2000) changed his mind.

This was the first film in which Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill had appeared together since Die Rückkehr der Jedi-Ritter (1983). Apparently, neither of them knew the other was in the film until a few weeks after shooting had been completed.

Heather Graham was originally offered Shannon Elizabeth's role, but she turned it down because she couldn't figure out why her character would fall in love with Jay.

The name of one of Jay and Silent Bob's online critic, "Magnolia-Fan", was inspired by a feud on the View Askew website's message board. After Kevin Smith posted a strongly negative review of Magnolia (1999), fans of Paul Thomas Anderson swarmed the board and criticized Smith.

On his podcast "Jay and Silent Bob Get Old", Kevin Smith went on at length about how much of a headache this movie was, mostly owing to Jason Mewes' drug and alcohol abuse turning him into a "ticking time bomb" which threatened to shut the project down at any moment. During pre-production, Mewes would have constant mood swings due to heroin withdrawal, to the point that Smith actually threw him out of his car on their way to the set one day. Mewes would compensate for his lack of drugs by drinking heavily after every day of shooting and nearly got into a fist fight with Scott Mosier when he had to come back one night for a re-shoot while drunk (Mewes later said that he was too intoxicated to remember anything that happened during production). When the shoot wrapped, Smith told Mewes point-blank to get sober or he'd never speak to him again. This is partially why he eventually decided to do Jay and Silent Bob Get a Reboot (2018), because he wanted to have better memories working with Mewes than he did on this film.

At one point, Seth Green was considered to play "Jay" in the movie-within-a-movie which Jay and Bob are trying to stop. This is an inside joke. Gramercy Pictures didn't want Jason Mewes to reprise his role as Jay in Mallrats (1995), and, up until the first day of shooting, tried to replace him with Green.

According to Kevin Smith, the film was intended as a controversy-free comedy in response to his previous film, the controversy-plagued Dogma (1999). He did not succeed, having raised the ire of gay rights activists over its gay jokes. Smith, in his DVD commentary, denies that his humor was intended as insulting.

Shannon Elizabeth (Justice) came up with the idea for her character to wear glasses because she said that "Justice is blind".

The fictitious website "Movie Poop Shoot" is a major plot point. Movie Poop Shoot existed as an actual website before the film's release. A parody of film websites, the site contained inflammatory posts toward "Bluntman and Chronic Strike Back" which were later read in the movie (including the immortal "Fuck Jay and Silent Bob, fuck them up their stupid asses"). The thread ends with Jay's "You are the ones who are the ball-lickers." The false site also served as the home of the internet-only trailers for the film. Movie Poop Shoot has recently been converted into a bona fide website, containing news and columns about movies, comic books, and music.

Shannon Elizabeth originally read for a minor role, but so impressed Kevin Smith that he decided to cast her in the lead.

When the jewel thieves get their pizza, the name of the pizza place is "Joe's Marvelous Pizza". The man delivering the pizza is Joe Quesada, editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics.

Tracy Morgan's drug dealer character was originally unnamed. Morgan came up with the character's name, "Pumpkin Escobar", the day they filmed the scene. Morgan also came up with the idea of Escobar's sidekick Scott, reasoning that if his character was the West Coast Jay, he should have a West Coast Silent Bob.

Salma Hayek was originally going to reprise her role as Serendipity the muse from Dogma (1999), working on the Miramax lot. However, due to scheduling conflicts, she had to drop out. There is a painting of her at the start of the Scream 3 (2000) spoof instead.

Alanis Morissette's appearance marks one of the few times in movie history where an actress or actor appears for the first time in the movie after being listed in the end credits.

Kevin Smith's fan base is so loyal that during the theatrical run of Scary Movie 2 (2001), many people bought tickets for the film simply to see the trailer for this film. After the trailer ran, many moviegoers left the theater.

Originally, Kevin Smith wanted Quentin Tarantino to appear in the film as himself as the director of "Bluntman and Chronic Strike Back" in one of the earlier drafts of the script. Then-current Miramax chairman Harvey Weinstein was to appear as himself too.

Jason Mewes came up with the idea for "puffing" on the "Blunt Saber" during the fight with Cocknocker.

Silent Bob speaks a total of 102 words.

The film originally received an NC-17 rating. Numerous scenes had to be cut down for an R, including footage of George Carlin, and Jay and Silent Bob's arrival to Hollywood.

Kevin Smith gave Eliza Dushku the nickname "Duck Shoot" during production after accidentally mispronouncing her last name.

The voice of the security guard on the other end of the radio used by Diedrich Bader is Ben Affleck.

At the end of the movie, characters are seen coming out of the El Rey after having seen "Bluntman and Chronic", and Jay invites them to the concert across the street. In fact, the El Rey in Los Angeles is a concert venue, not a movie theater, and the performance by Morris Day & The Time was filmed in the El Rey.

Kevin Smith originally wanted Howard Shore to compose the score, as they had a good time working together on the score for Dogma (1999). Shore, however, was committed to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and was unavailable. Producer Scott Mosier then suggested James L. Venable to be the composer because of his work on Clerks (2000), and they wanted the film to be "a big cartoon of a movie".

In an effort to drive up the box-office gross for his film, Kevin Smith gave away autographed mini-posters to all fans that sent in ticket stubs, indicating they went to see it on August 24, or 25, 2001.

Jay's and Pumpkin Escobar's dealer union cards are signed by Kevin Smith as President, and Jason Mewes as Secretary of the International Fellowship of Marijuana Distributors, Crack-Cocaine Wholesaler, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States and Canada.

Kevin Smith originally wanted Matthew Lillard and Freddie Prinze, Jr. to be the stars of the fictitious Bluntman and Chronic movie, because, at that point, they had starred in several Miramax films together. Lillard and Prinze passed on the project, choosing to do Scooby-Doo (2002) instead.

Mark Hamill plays Bluntman and Chronic's villain, Cocknocker. Bluntman and Chronic is a reference to Batman and Robin, especially when Cocknocker calls Bluntman, Hemp Knight (a play on Dark Knight). Mark Hamill provided the voice of Batman's villain The Joker in the animated television series.

Jay is wearing a "Berserker" t-shirt with the image of Olaf, the Russian metalhead from Clerks - Die Ladenhüter (1994). "Berserker" was the song Olaf was singing.

At an estimated $22 million, it's the most expensive of the View Askew films, with Clerks - Die Ladenhüter (1994) being the least expensive.

As the characters exit the El Rey theater at the end of the movie, the poster for "Bussing", a movie for which Kevin Smith has scripted, but as of yet not made, can be seen behind Justice and Willenholly just before the camera whip pans to Jay.

Cocknocker's "saber" was actually a vibrator.

The original plot involved Jay and Silent Bob trying to save their beloved Quick Stop.

Jay asks Jason Biggs if he really got with Shannon Elizabeth, referring to American Pie: Wie ein Heisser Apfelkuchen (1999). They both were in this movie, Elizabeth in a bigger role as Justice, and Biggs as "Movie Silent Bob".

Brodie's comic book store, "Brodie's Secret Stash", is a slightly altered version of Kevin Smith's real-life comic book store, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash. The store featured in the film was a location in California that closed in the mid 2000s.

Jennifer Schwalbach Smith (Missy), one of the jewel thieves, is Kevin Smith's real-life wife, making her film debut. Several scenes of her making out with Ali Larter (Chrissy) were cut for time, not due to their content.

The canyon setting for the diner scene is the same location used for the filming of many episodes of Raumschiff Enterprise (1966), most notably season one, episode eighteen, "Arena", where Kirk fights the Gorn, the giant green lizard. As a further homage to that episode, the diner in the scene has a sign over the door which identifies it as "The Arena Diner". The location, Vasquez Rocks, has been used as a setting for many scenes in movies and television shows.

When Jay and Silent Bob are running from the guards on the Miramax lot, they knock over a man in a Daredevil costume. Kevin Smith was a writer on "Daredevil" for Marvel Comics, and later even appeared in Daredevil (2003).

When the van thought (by Jay) to contain Justice blows up, the music in the background says (in a Latin chant-style) "Justice is dead... or so Jay thinks".

When Chrissy (Ali Larter) pulls a knife on Jay (Jason Mewes), he says "What's with the knife, we havin' cake or something?" This line was originally written for the train scene in Dogma (1999).

Holden's summarization of Silent Bob's feelings towards Jay were improvised by Ben Affleck on-set. Silent Bob's nodding was Kevin Smith's genuine reaction, and approval for a possible thought tracking for Bob from Ben.

The phrase "Fuck Jay and Silent Bob. Fuck them up their stupid asses" became so popular that it was used in just about every talkback on Ain't It Cool News (Such as "Fuck 'Osama bin Laden.' Fuck him up his stupid ass.")

In the sequence where Jay is imagining a world where super evolved monkeys annihilate the human race, there is a line that says: "In this world gone mad we won't spank the monkey, the monkey will spank us". This is a reference to the popular "In Soviet Russia" joke, popularized by Yakov Smirnoff, where a statement is reversed. As Jay says this, the movie shows Randal (from Clerks - Die Ladenhüter (1994)) getting shot by monkeys while wearing a CCCP (Soviet Union) hockey jersey.

Right as Chaka is about to direct the "Bluntman and Chronic" movie he says "let's roll with the new". "Roll With The New" is the name of Chris Rock's 1997 album.

The image or marquee above "Brodie's Secret Stash" has the character holding a white "Dixie" cup. In the entire scene inside the comic shop, Brodie never puts down a white "Dixie" cup.

David Duchovny originally called Kevin Smith, and told him that he wanted the role of "Cocknocker". Smith gave him the role, but unfortunately when it was time to start shooting, Duchovny was already filming Evolution (2001), and could not make it. Mark Hamill was then brought in as his replacement.

The catsuits the jewel thieves wear during their heist are inspired by the outfits worn by Black Widow and Black Cat in their respective Marvel comic books.

Will Ferrell's character Federal Wildlife Marshal Willenholly is a nod to the television series Im Land der Saurier (1974), where the three main characters were named Marshall, Will, and Holly. Ferrell starred in Die fast vergessene Welt (2009).

The Buddy Christ from Dogma (1999) can be seen on the dashboard of the car Carrie Fisher is driving.

For the posters and DVD cover of this movie, the production company simply re-used Chris Rock's promotional photo from Dogma (1999).

Although Randal and Dante are not the last characters featured in the film, they were the last two characters filmed when production wrapped. Kevin Smith felt at the time of this movie's production that he should end the series with the two characters that started it. Smith had since reopened the saga of the Askewniverse, with Clerks II (2006).

Bob Schreck makes a cameo as an assistant to Gus Van Sant on the set of Good Will Hunting II: Hunting Season. Schreck worked with Kevin Smith as editor on Kevin's Green Arrow run, and as co-publisher of his Clerks and Jay and Silent Bob comics at Oni Press.

Cast members Seann William Scott, Jason Biggs, and Shannon Elizabeth filmed this movie around the same time as American Pie 2 (2001).

In his own words in An Evening with Kevin Smith (2002), "Bad Medicine" by Bon Jovi was not the first choice for Justice's intro. Kevin Smith wanted to use "Most Beautiful Girl" by Prince. Prince declined but allowed the music by Morris Day and The Time to be used.

The high amount of profanity caused some challenges for those hired to translate the film into other languages. In the DVD release, the word "merde" (which means "shit") is substituted for "fuck" in the French language soundtrack.

Selma Blair was considered for the role of Justice.

Features two actors who would later potray Batman: Diedrich Bader (Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)) and Ben Affleck (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Suicide Squad (2016)).

On the Hollywood lot, right after Jay and Silent Bob escape the security guard, they poke their heads around a truck, and the first thing visible is what appears to be Mr. Pink, Mr. Blonde, Mr. White, and a bloody Mr. Orange, the cop from Reservoir Dogs - Wilde Hunde (1992).

Charlie Sheen was reportedly offered the role of Marshal Willenholly, but he turned it down because he couldn't get a grasp on the character.

The Bluntcave set design was inspired by the Batcave from Batman (1966). Design elements include the Atomic Pile, and all the consoles and racks with extremely oversized signs indicating function or the item.

When Jay and Silent Bob enter the Good Will Hunting II: Hunting Season movie set, the girl standing in front of Jay is wearing a cardigan sweater, which is identical to the one worn by Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski in The Big Lebowski (1998).

In Auf der Flucht (1993), when U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard shows his badge to local authorities, he rips the protective cover off from his left chest area on his jacket, (occuring twenty one minutes into the film), which is exactly what Federal Wildlife Marshal Willenholly does when asked by local authorities who he is, (it occuring forty two minutes into the film).

Right after Jay throws Brent from the van, we see Justice reading a schematic that has "Colorado Diamond" written on it in red sharpie marker.

Another reference to The Fugitive (1993), the name of lab that Jay and Silent Bob break into beside the diamond exchange is Provasik. Provasik is the name of the drug that Harrison Ford's doctor character in The Fugitive does liver tissue test samples for just before he is framed for murdering his wife.

Allison Janney was considered to play the Nun, but she was too busy with The West Wing: Im Zentrum der Macht (1999). So Carrie Fisher was cast instead.

The post on Movie Poop Chute that says, "They're real people and very stupid", was written by Darth Randal, a reference to the character from Clerks - Die Ladenhüter (1994).

As of January 21, 2019 no trivia had been added to this cult classic movie's IMDB page after nearly 18 years.

Seann William Scott and Ali Larter both starred in Final Destination (2000).

Kevin Smith: [comic books] Names of the security guards at Miramax are all references to comic book characters, including Gordon (James Gordon, Gotham City Police Commissioner), Shaw (Sebastian and Shinobi Shaw, members of the Hellfire club), and Akins (another Gotham City Commissioner).

Kevin Smith: [Jaws] Numerous references to Der weiße Hai (1975).


User reviews

Water

Water

''f*ck,f*ck,f*ck'' when these words are said by a two year old version of Jay before the film switches to present day Jay doing his rap(''drinkin beers beers beers,rollin fatties,etc)the tone of the film is firmly set.But did you expect anything else?The heroes of Kevin Smiths Jersey film series finally get the screen time,and sadly the send off,they deserve.This film is JOKES from start to finish,the dialogue is funny and in places very rude, especially from Jay.|The cast is full of brilliantly chosen cameos,featuring many people having a tongue in cheek pop at themselves.The Good Will Hunting 2:Hunting season section shows Ben affleck and Matt Damon can laugh at themselves,which in a film like this they would need to!Jason Mewes is on top form as is Kevin Smith,especially when Bob is finally driven to an uncharacteristic outburst of more than a few words.BOUT TIME!!!The continuity of this in relation to the previous Jay and Silent Bob outings is superb,and although it is a funnier film if you have seen Kevin Smiths other Jersey films,there are still plenty of jokes for the uninitiated.This is mostly down to a fantastic supporting cast of some great comedic performers.Will Ferrells WildLife Marshall is funny as f*ck as Jay would say!The movie is not just full of jokes at previous Jersey films expense,but it takes a few good shots at other films and even the film industry itself...could Movie Poopshoot.com be a reference to IMDb.com?who knows?.The 2 disc DVD is WELL worth getting if you like the movie,the outtakes are worth the money alone.And one particular extra ''Ham Affleck'' is worth checking,with Ben showing his real cheese skills(which he would perfected in Pearl Harbour,only that time he was trying to be serious).Also the introductions to the many deleted scenes are worth watching,with Affleck again taking some lighthearted ripping from Mewes and Smith.LOL.Rude,fun poking,loud and very very funny.....just like Jay.9/10
Carrot

Carrot

If you're the type of movie goer who gets uptight hearing countless F Bombs and explicit sexual discussion, then please move along and let others get in line to see one of the Funniest movies I have seen in my recent memory.

"Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" is a movie that has so much going on, that one screening is not enough for me to all that was thrown at me in 90 plus minutes.

Writer/Director/Co-Star, Kevin Smith (Silent Bob) has without a doubt created if not his best movie, then it would have to be his funniest. A fitting conclusion to his "New Jersey Trilogy" (that now consists of five films instead of the originally planned three) forgoes the serious religious overtones of "Dogma" and the Sexuality issues brought forth in "Chasing Amy" to go for pure Laughs...............and it succeeds.

The film's main plot revolves around the familiar duo of Jay (Jason Mewes) and his "Heterosexual Life mate" Silent Bob and their attempts to thwart a movie based on a comic book about Jay and Bob. It's essentially a road picture as the guys make their way from Leonardo, New Jersey to Hollywood. Along the way they meet international Jewel Thieves, Steal a Monkey, Meet The Scooby Doo gang, Try and Beat up Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, and much more.

As Silly as all this sounds it's done in such a way that's smart, witty, and still has a touch of class about it. And that's pretty hard to do considering I can't even tell you some of the content of the movie without being censored heavily.

If you are at all familiar with Smith's movies (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and Dogma) you will get a kick out of the countless cameos and connections to his other films. For Example, Jason Lee reprises two roles (one from "Mallrats" and one from "Chasing Amy") as does Ben Affleck. Matt Damon appears as himself playing "Will Hunting" in a fictitious sequel to "Good Will Hunting" entitled `Good Will Hunting II: Hunting Season". There are two highlights of this movie that I need to talk about. First Being Jason Mewes as "Jay". This guy is for real, by far and away he has put in the best performance of all his five film appearances as "Jay" He carries the picture and is side splittingly funny. It is my hope that he can now get other roles in movies besides the loveable Dope smoking "Jay". Secondly I want to address Kevin Smith's Directing. To all the people who say Smith can't direct need to see "Jay and Silent Bob". His use of motion should silence everyone who claims there are no moving shots in a Smith film!!! It's almost become fashionable to blast Smiths direction because that's the Thing to do. With all the great action and movement in "Jay and Silent Bob' Smith can finally shrug off all the criticisms of the past.

What can I say to sum up? It's a brilliant movie for everyone, not just Smith fans. You will laugh and laugh some more. Do yourself a favour and go see it as soon as you can!
Kecq

Kecq

This is one of the funniest movies I have seen in a long time. I say this because it is the only movie I have ever laughed out loud at in a theater. I know a lot of people complain because the movie is toilet humor, vulgar language, and sex jokes. But so what? Kevin Smith took on serious topics before, this is his chance to kick back. If you go into this movie expecting to be enlightened, then there is something seriously wrong with you.

In the film, Jay and Silent Bob discover that Miramax will be making a movie based on "Bluntman & Chronic", the comic based on themselves. Soon after discovering the insults people are slinging about the movie on the internet, Jay and Silent Bob head to Hollywood to shut the movie down and protect their "good" names. This movie ties together all of Smith's other Jersey crew films, with appearances by characters from "Clerks" through "Chasing Amy".

While it is true that you won't get all the jokes unless you've seen Smith's other movies, that won't stop a person from enjoying it if they haven't. When I first saw "Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back" in theaters, I had only seen "Dogma" beforehand and I thought it was hilarious. Everyone in this movie puts on an awesome comedic performance, though I think my favorite comes from Will Ferrell as an inept wildlife marshal. If you don't mind some distasteful humor, you've got to see this movie.
Marinara

Marinara

Kevin Smith proved with J.S.B.S.B. that he is no longer just a glorified independent film maker. In past films, Kevin Smith seemed to have a limited appeal, mostly among arm-chair directors (such as myself)who had become jaded with the Hollywood film industry, but with his slap-stick-like middle finger to the movie industry he seems to have branched out and struck a note with the "MTV audience" (10 to 16 year olds). Smith's grade-school humor, delivered mostly by Jay, is nothing new to previous movies, but with the focus on Jay & Silent Bob this humor became more evident AND more inviting to a younger audience.

Nonetheless, Smith has not alienated his core audience who are, "...over and underweight guys who can't get laid." (See Holden McNeil in "Chasing Amy"). The simple visual affects, as in his past movies, are FAR overshadowed by the fantastic dialogue he writes which has Hollywood stars chomping at the bit to deliver. If anything, the only disappointment was a very thin plot (OK, Mallrats: Had a plot, no one ever said it was a good one). But as he did in Mallrats, for what J.S.B.S.B. is lacking in plot, Smith sure as hell made up for it in laughs.

This movie junkie gives "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" a 9 out of 10.. .let's just hope what Chris Rock says in the movie doesn't come true. See the movie and you'll get what I mean.
Yozshunris

Yozshunris

Whether or not you enjoy `Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back' is going to depend a lot on whether or not you enjoy director Kevin Smith. I, for one, think the guy is a genius. If you don't mind my lauding his name, read on. First, a little background for the uninitiated.

Kevin Smith's movies (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and now JSBSB) are a world created by the director himself, in the sense that all are interconnected by characters, plot points, and subtle references. The one constant, though, is the entity known as Jay and Silent Bob, a pair of pot dealers who have more or less spent their entire lives standing in front of the Quik-Stop convenience store. Jay (Jason Mewes) is the long-haired guy we all knew in high school, his endless stream of four-letter epithets almost endearing because the goofy guy just doesn't know any better. Silent Bob (played by director Kevin Smith), Jay's self-described `hetero life-mate' stands by without speaking a word and provides some sort of moral counterpoint for the duo.

In Smith's `Chasing Amy,' Banky and Holden (Jason Lee and Ben Affleck, respectively) created a comic book entitled `Bluntman and Chronic,' based on their real-life buddies Jay and Silent Bob. Fast-forward to `Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.'

Banky has sold the rights to his comic to Miramax pictures, leaving Jay and Silent Bob in the dark about the business deal. Jay and Bob, with help from Holden, discover via the Internet (`What's the Internet?' asks Jay) that a movie based on them is about to start production. Realizing that they won't see a dime of the money, and even more upset by their defamation on Internet message boards, they decide to truck across the country to stop the film from being produced.

It's important to note that while the comedy is crude, slapstick, and even resorts to fart jokes, it's not dumb comedy, it's satire at it's finest, reminiscent of such self-deprecating masterpieces as `Pee-Wee's Big Adventure' and `Blazing Saddles.' After the fairly serious `Chasing Amy' and the spiritually overtoned `Dogma,' we see that Smith has decided to get together with his buddies and put together one big inside joke. Fortunately, he's decided to let a few of us in on it. The viewer's enjoyment of the movie is going to depend completely on his or her knowledge of Smith's previous films and characters.

Smith's friends show up in cameos, from Chris Rock to Will Ferrell to Alanis Morrissette to Carrie Fisher to Mark Hamill (Smith is an infamous Star Wars fanatic). You can literally see a man's childhood dream coming true when at one point, Smith's Bob gets to carry on a lightsaber duel with Hamill.

Local interest: In one of the many subplots, a group of female jewel thieves bring Jay and Silent Bob to our very own Boulder, Colorado, to steal a monkey from a medical testing facility. `Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back' is a comedy, and doesn't try to be anything else. The only thing I felt was missing was one of Jason Lee's inspired monologues bitterly bemoaning the state of society. Some of Shannon Elizabeth's screen time could have been cut, I felt, in favor of some trademark Smith dialogue.

Smith now intends to focus his time on more dramatic pursuits, and we are given this as the fifth and last film in his so-called `Jersey Trilogy.' The bottom line is, Smith loves his fans, and this film was created for the loyal. A fitting send-off for Jay and Silent Bob, this film gets an `A-.'
Drelajurus

Drelajurus

For the record, I have not seen Kevin Smith's previous works, Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, or Dogma, which, I'm almost positive, affected how I saw the movie, since Smith puts in so many in-jokes and references to his previous movies, I didn't get them, except for the blatantly obvious ones.

Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) hang out in front of a convience store selling weed. When the get a restraining order, they find out that the comic starring their likenesses Bluntman and Chronic is being turned into a Miramax movie. However, they aren't being paid for it, so what to do? Travel cross-country to Hollywood from New Jersey to stop the movie from getting made, what else?

Crude, inappropriate, and extremely funny. If there's ever a movie that you should watch with your drinking friends and not with a date or family, this is the one! It has jokes about genetalia, bodily functions, innuendoes, and more, and I haven't laughed this hard at a movie for a long time. Call me immature, but I like this type of stuff, ones that actually have substance behind the crude jokes (not like Old School).

Mewes was f-ing hilarious, when he f-ing say the f-ing f-word every f-ing word. It has over 230 f-words along in this movie, with the total number of curses probably around 300. I have never heard so many, but I laughed. I'm not ashamed to admit it: Mewes cracked me up, with his stylish arrogance and foul mouth. Smith, who was laconic for almost the entire film, expressed everything with his eyes, which were funny. There were more cameos than a movie of The Simpsons, with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, George Carlin, Jamie Kennedy, Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, Joey Lauren Adams, and many, many more.

There were many pot-shots of American movies. For instance, when Jay and Silent Bob meet a drug dealer played by Tracy Morgan, he says that Miramax accounts for about 75% of his income. Also, everyone on-screen looks at the camera when they mention, `No one would pay to see a Jay and Silent Bob movie,' and when Ben Affleck says that one reason you do a picture is because you owe a friend a favor. As the Bluntman and Chronic movies premieres, someone says, `Well, it was better than Mallrats.'

Are you easily offended? Does the mention of various body parts upset you? If you answered yes to either question, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is not your movie. If you answered no, sit back and enjoy the ride!

My rating: 7/10

Rated R for nonstop crude and sexual humor, pervasive strong language, and drug content.
ChallengeMine

ChallengeMine

Writer/director/co-star Kevin Smith bids farewell to the Jay and Silent Bob characters in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," the first of the five movies featuring them in which they are the stars. He couldn't have come up with a better send-off for them. True, there's no big ideas behind this film like there were in "Dogma" or "Chasing Amy," but really, the grand ideas in those movies came from the main characters, not Jay and Silent Bob. They were there for comic relief mainly. Therefore, it makes sense that "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" would be pure slapstick comedy. Think about it, do you really want a foul-mouthed, over-sexed stoner telling you how to live your life?

So anyway, it's a pure slapstick humor road movie. But unlike most slapstick comedies of late, this one's actually funny...extremely funny. Jay and Silent Bob find out that a movie is being made from a comic book (Bluntman & Chronic) that was based on them. They set off for Hollywood intending to stop it. Kevin Smith manages to pack so many jokes into what could have been another predictable, boring road comedy, that it's head and shoulders above the competition. I'm gonna have to go see it again, to make sure I didn't miss any jokes. Smith once again is showing off his incredible writing skills. Some people may not believe that any movie full of crude, R-rated humor is well written, but it is. Not only is it incredibly funny, but there's an intelligence and wit behind it that is unmistakably Kevin Smith's.

I was also pleased with the quality of acting in the movie, especially Jason Mewes (Jay). In past View Askew movies, Mewes has been funny, despite not doing a particularly good job of acting. The one thing I was worried about was whether or not he'd be able to carry a film mostly by himself (since Silent Bob is mostly, well, silent). But he definitely proved that he has grown enough as an actor to be able to head up a movie. Kevin Smith (Silent Bob) does his usual decent job. Since he doesn't say much, mainly just reacts, he can't to a great job, but he's still very funny. He's the perfect companion (or should I say, "hetero life mate" for Jay, who's the complete opposite. There are no real other big parts in the movie, but there are tons of little cameos. Really, I think it'd be easier to list the people who DON'T appear in it. Some of the highlights include a scene with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon playing themselves, on the set of "Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season," a scene with Jason Biggs and James Van Der Beek, as themselves, playing the stars of the Bluntman and Chronic movie, and a scene with Mark Hamill parodying Star Wars. But really, almost all of the jokes are highlights.

For people who have seen the other films in Smith's New Jersey Chronicles series ("Clerks," "Mallrats," "Chasing Amy," & "Dogma"), there are quite a few in-jokes that you will find hilarious. In addition to playing himself, Affleck also reprises his role as Holden from "Chasing Amy," Jason Lee reprises his roles from "Chasing Amy" and "Mallrats," and Jeff Anderson and Brian O'Halloran reprise their "Clerks" roles. Many others from the View Askewniverse appear as well. However, this movie is not only for fanboys. I saw it with a friend who hadn't seen any of the other four movies, and he thought it was hilarious too. The majority of the jokes will be understood by anyone. The in-jokes are like a little bonus from Smith to his fans, but they are not the focus of the movie.

Kevin Smith also does a good job directing. Lately, it seems to have become popular to attack Smith's directing ability, but I think he did a good job. In his earlier movies, his directing was simply decent, not good, not bad. But he has made a lot of progress. This is one of the better directed comedies I've seen. Not Academy Award stuff, but most other comedy directors are pretty boring it seems.

I want to briefly comment on the GLAAD protests of the film, citing large amounts of homophobia. I am gay, and I didn't find the film offensive. I think a lot of people are just taking the film way to seriously. It's not a serious film. People forget that Jay is, basically, a moron, so you can exactly take everything he says as the truth. Smith has said it's supposed to be a satire, and it works. Especially considering that in past films, Jay has admitted to sometimes fantasizing about guys. It's a satire, lighten up people. There's actually a funny scene where James Van Der Beek chastises Jason Biggs for calling something "gay," and also there's a funny disclaimer at the end.

Which reminds me, stay for the credits. There's plenty of funny stuff, and Alanis Morissette shows up at the very end. All in all, "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" is an extremely funny movie, plain and simple. Just don't take it seriously, because again, it's not a serious movie. There's still a few months to go, but I think this will prove to be the funniest movie of the year...actually, of the last many years. Quit reading this and go see it!

Rating: 10/10
Sermak Light

Sermak Light

Kevin Smith's previous movies always seemed to be something of a mixed bag. Whether ambitious thematically, ("Dogma", "Chasing Amy"), or outright comedy, ("Mallrats"), the movies as a whole were less satisfactory than their many very funny parts. The sporadic appearances of the second string character duo of Jay and Silent Bob were always a welcome event.

The big question was whether this 2001 styled Laurel and Hardy, when promoted to center stage, could carry a movie. The answer much to my surprise was a resounding yes. Smith outdoes himself, producing an exceptional comedy. It's consistently inventive, with surprises, in jokes and many cameos from Smith regulars, all who seem to be genuinely having a ball. Never has irreverence and bad language been done with so much charm.

Those who disliked Smith's previous works would do well to stay away, they are unlikely to be converted. But for fans, Smith really does deliver the goods, in a big way.

I was totally baffled by reading that certain gay groups took offence to this movie. It would seem to me a total misreading as well as a great deficiency in the humor department. Apart from the fact that Smith lampoons all and sundry, it actually struck me as a particularly gay friendly movie. The fact that a gay character sums the movie up as one big gay joke should be taken as a compliment more than anything else.

It's clear that this brings Smith's cycle to a close. He couldn't have wished for a better ending.
Bundis

Bundis

I'm a big Kevin Smith fan but this movie is just not funny. It saddens me if people think this type of stuff passes off as comedy.

We've really lowered our standards. For the ammount of talent this director/writer has to work with he can come up with a lot better -- I know I can. Nowadays it seems like if you have 2-3 funny scenes you can wrap a movie around it. What we have here is maybe two with a whole lot of riffing by Jay which to me has become pointess and boring since Mallrats. Maybe I'm just getting older but swearing, gay jokes and farting just kind of get old after 3-4 films, you know? At least the series is finally over and we'll see if Smith has any talent or not. Judging from this fluff I have extreme doubt.

What ever happened to the clever sharp dialogue? That's all his film's had before. None of them (sans Chasing Amy) had any plot but were full of juicy monologues and one-liners, not to mention plenty of satire and on-target observations of our society. But that's been slowly receding and I think Kevin Smith fans have got to be brainwashed here now because this is NOT a good movie. I loved his first 3 movies and I know the universe of the characters and I found all the references to his other films, fans, critics, the interent to all be very lazy and poorly handled. I feel cheated by the one guy who I thought wouldn't sell out but he did it a long time ago...

* (one star)

Not worth your money...
Lavivan

Lavivan

Let me start out by saying that like most people here, I am a Kevin Smith fan. I thought clerks and chasing amy were great movies from a brilliant director. Superb acting, great jokes, and great characters.

Unfortunately, his newest movie, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, has none of those things. First of all, let me point out that these characters are not the same Jay and Silent Bob many of you will remember from Clerks. They were annoying, drug-dealing losers who played a small role in the movie. Somewhere along the way, however, they became lovable goons that are the center of a movie. I'm not sure these characters are well developed enough to be the main characters.

Anyways, on to the movie. This movie starts out SLLLOOOOWWWWW...It was too bad that they bring back lots of great characters like Randall, Dante, and Brody, but only for quick cameo shots. None of them offer anything to this movie. It takes a while, but finally the jokes start rolling. Sadly, Kevin Smith kind of gave in to the "American Pie" movie style, which is just making lewd comments and sexual jokes. There is no intelligent, insightful dialogue, as you are used to from his other movies.

I think that the one bright spot of the movie was Chris Rock's character. He displays the charm and wittiness that you have come to know from characters like Banky, Randall, Hooper X, etc.

Overall, i would give this movie 4 stars out of 10. There are some funny spots, but they do not really start until about halfway through the movie.
Inertedub

Inertedub

When I was first asked by a friend to watch this DVD with her my initial reaction was that it's not for me. Stoner humour is not my normal genre, cheech and chong bored me, as did many other films based around the same sort of thing. When she told me that it was the two goof balls out of Dogma I was even more concerned that I was about to give two hours of my life to trash.

What a change! Kevin Smith has worked a wonder on this film, the quick (if a little predictable) one liners, the skill of the cast, alongside the non stop comedy coming from cameos, often playing parodies of themselves makes it worth buying a copy. The only thing that lets the movie down is it's "art school" look; in places it can look like Smith happens to have some high powered friends that helped to promote this movie and make it the success it was. If you want a light hearted film to watch over and over again, picking up the more subtle gags then it's one for you.

Hope this helps. PG
Danskyleyn

Danskyleyn

While I've liked the majority of Kevin Smith's films and greatly enjoyed Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob is just an excuse for him to engage in cinematic onanism for an hour and a half. Utter tripe, crap, and indulgent. This is the man who wrote Clerks, Mallrats and Dogma? I guess he must have stitched together the lamest bits that didn't make it into those films to creat 9and I use that term loosely) this one.

I know there are Smithophiles who read every comic book he writes and love everything he does, and they will like this film. And Smith has done some excellent work in his career; just not here. He's said many times that this will be the last Jay and Silent Bob film; while I've liked them until now, after seeing this indulgent pile of crap, I'm not sorry that's
Cashoutmaster

Cashoutmaster

This one is for complete morons who are proud of their status. I LOL'd only two times. This film was an "in-your-face-we-don't-care-about-you-and-you're-too-dumb-to-realize-it." There was an atmosphere of high school elitism: "We don't care about anyone but ourselves because we think we're funny and we're great." It was so egocentric and totally lazy. I saw little creativity and many stupid, stupid jokes. However, Ben and Matt should be commended for their ability to laugh at themselves. They and James VDB were funny. As for the film as a whole, it was a crashing bore for retards and geeks. One of the few films I have ever seen that truly fits the "AWFUL" category. Note that in the word awful are the two letters of F and U. Rated it 1.
X-MEN

X-MEN

Whatever went wrong with Kevin Smith's 1995 film Mallrats has been fixed in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Now in 2001, Kevin Smith devotes ninety-five minutes of film to himself. Any negative reviews you may read are surely written by critics who weren't big fans of Smith's previous efforts (especially Mallrats). J&SBSB is a movie for the View Askew fans. The film contains many references to Clerks (1994), Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), and Dogma (1999) as well as the Clerks comic books and the Jay and Silent Bob comic book, Chasing Dogma, that bridges the gap between Chasing Amy and Dogma (actually, a great deal of the film's road trip comes directly from this book).

J&SBSB (the fifth film in the New Jersey Trilogy, much like The Hitchhiker's Guide five-part trilogy) is filled to the brim with crude humor that usually turns off most movie critics, but it's crude humor with Kevin Smith's familiar wit. It's written for Jason Mewes to really shine in his performance (I never thought I'd say that).

The major part of this film that stood out for me is the craft. The craft?! What the hell could I be talking about? As many know, Kevin Smith's movies are notorious for having almost zero camera moves. This is Kevin Smith's most technically superior film (probably because it's his highest budget). There are camera moves and excellent camera angles. In Smith's last film, Dogma, as well as this one, he utilizes the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Why in the world he feels that he needs to use such scope in these films is beyond me.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is not a "real" movie. Chasing Amy is the closest Smith has come to that. For the View Askew/Kevin Smith fans, this is his best film. It will certainly be interesting to see what kind of movies Smith decides to make now that his New Jersey Trilogy has come to a close and he doesn't have the familiar characters to fall back on.
Memuro

Memuro

Having seen every Kevin Smith film but MALLRATS, I went in to J & SB SB with fairly high expectations. Coming out of the theatre last night, I was very disappointed with what I had just seen. Some of the gags and spoofs worked, but there were more hits than misses. This movie is especially weak considering that it followed CHASING AMY and DOGMA--2 of the best (and funniest) American films of the past five years.

If this flick was something that Kevin Smith just had to get out of his system, then I'm willing to forgive him. I think he's got a lot more to offer than fart and stoner jokes. There's little proof of that in this film, though. If you're a Smith fan, you can wait for this movie to hit the discount theatres (or video). If you haven't seen any previous KS films, by all means skip J & SB SB. I couldn't imagine a worse intro to the Jersey "trilogy."

Rating: 5/10
Melipra

Melipra

This movie is not funny. It is silly and stupid in the most boring sense. I sat in a movie theatre and heard no laughs, and watched a number of people leave midway. What has come over you who voted and gave it an 8? I noticed that the vast majority of those voting are males 18-30. Has our gender deteriorated so much that we consider this kind of drivel to be entertaining?
Alianyau

Alianyau

Horrible flick. Kevin Smith please stop believing your own hype and make a clever film like Clerks again. Are you purposely trying to cater to the "American Pie" crowd.

I saw Kevin Smith in San Diego at the ComicCon last year and liked what he had to say....too bad that kind of wit didn't make it into this movie.
Velellan

Velellan

This film will hold a special place in the hearts of all Kevin Smith fans. It is nothing more than his very own greatest hits reel. Now I kind of dig the man myself, liked a few of his films-hated a few more, but I entered the theatre as more of a impartial film fan rather than Kevin Smith nut. Keep that in mind as I say these words: Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is one of the most horrible pieces of nonsense ever put to film. It was so bad I expected Pauly Shore to have a few lines. The titular characters are really not interesting enough to carry an entire movie, especially seeing that one is silent. After 90 minutes the voice of Jay was an inch away from giving me a seizure. Crude and stupid, in all of the bad ways, this film puts a black mark next to the name of a filmmaker who really isn't all that talented in the first place. Luckily these characters are being retired, hopefully a forced change of scenery will force Smith into making a film that isn't horrible.
IWAS

IWAS

I used to think Kevin Smith was a good director. He made two great comedy/dramas-Clerks and Chasing Amy-that I admired very much. His latest film, however, is the work of a sell out and an insult to the intelligence of moviegoers everywhere. It seems that the main impetus for the film being made was Kevin Smith's fragile ego not being able to take criticism over the internet. In place of the wit and insight of Smith's best films, this movie has phony hollywood stars trying to be self-deprecating, mindless profanity, and ridiculous situations that make no sense. Even Chris Rock isn't funny in this movie. Please don't waste your time on this awful disgrace to celluloid.
Duktilar

Duktilar

It's almost impossible to believe that this film is from the self same Kevin Smith who wrote and directed Clerks. Gone is the biting wit and odd charm of that film, and in its place, big-budget pointlessness and a dozen more dick jokes. The many cameo appearances of characters from the other movies which comprise the extended 'New Jersey Trilogy' (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy and the woeful Dogma) serve only to remind the viewer just how good - or even average - Smith used to be. Indeed, whatever it was that made his work so individual and enjoyable was clearly lost some time ago.

Directorially, the 'post-modern' elements (several actors playing dual roles) are fairly well-handled, though presumably quite confusing for those who haven't seen earlier entries in the series. Unfortunately, however, Smith's usual lack of visual awareness and style is once more in evidence. In Clerks it didn't matter: the script was so tight that the primitive direction was irrelevant, but here, with hardly any gags hitting the mark (special mention for Mark Hamill's spectacularly unfunny cameo) it's extremely noticeable.

The acting too, is of a poor standard with too many lines and jokes fluffed, though Jason Mewes' usual one-note performance (essentially playing a toned-down version of himself, by all accounts) works well here. All in all, more puerile and less funny than its predecessors, though foul-mouthed children, stoners and idiots may take to it more than most.
Tamesya

Tamesya

Having enjoyed Clerks and most of Chasing Amy and Dogma this is an incredibly inept flick. Which got tiresome quicker? The flatulence and oral sex jokes or the "acting" of director Smith? The shrugs, eyerolls, the hand gestures. Ugh. Also, how many times do you have to say the f-word? And how many times do you have to mention what a slimepit Miramax is? It must be pretty bad because they're responsible for bringing this to a theater near me. In that vein, how does Smith expect his mostly college-aged audience to react to repeated references to Miramax? "Ooh this film was made by Miramax, it MUST be..." Who goes to a movie based on the studio or production company? For a movie that supposedly rails against Hollywood (see tagline) this is an incredible supposition. This is about as anti-studio as "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World". This film also proves that any movie which relies on a steady stream of walk-ons (unless it is directed by Robert Altman) is doomed to failure.

Mr. Smith, if you emulate your characters and read the postings of know-it-alls on the Internet, next time try to make a movie not so reliant on references to other movies--especially your own. Get an original idea! I'll be happy to help!
Iseared

Iseared

I've always trusted imdb movie scores, and a 7.8 was always a movie at least worth watching... But what is this Jay and Silent Bob stuff? It is really a disgrace even to slapstick comedy! Unless you yourself are a brainless idiot really don't waste your time!

0/10
Yainai

Yainai

It pains me to say it, but this is the only Kevin Smith film I didn't like. I even loved Mallrats, which was heavily criticized. The movie started off on a pretty good note, the Scooby sequence ranks with the best Smith moments, but that's exactly what this movie is: an all around crappy film with some good, even memorable scenes injected every now and then.

I think the main reason this movie failed was that it was EXTREMELY pretentious. I've never met Smith and I've only seen a few interviews. I love the guy as a filmmaker and NO ONE loves Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy or Dogma more than me. I connected with those four films big time. But with THIS film, it's as if the fame has gone to View Askew's head. There's a sort of "we're so cool" feel to a lot of the characters, but none more so than Silent Bob. When SB started shouting in Jay's face, I cringed and sank in my seat because it was SUPPOSED to be funny and it was supposed to make us think, "Wow, Silent Bob is not only talking, but he's also shouting." But instead, I just thought to myself, "Oh, come ON!" I'm no mindreader, but I definitely sensed that the film was done with an underlying, albeit probably unintentional arrogance about it.

I heard this was going to be the last of the Jay & Silent Bob series. I was bummed about that until I saw this. This fragmented film, although it's supposed to be silly, proves that the Jay & Silent Bob series was running on fumes. It was as if Smith ran out of things to do or say. Mind you, I'm not saying it should've had a serious message. There wasn't a really dramatic message in Mallrats, yet I loved it. Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back is not a total crap film, but it's definitely the one and only View Askew film I was really disappointed with, and I think the film's pretentiousness has a lot to do with why it failed.
Billy Granson

Billy Granson

The movie has its moments, but it's just a hodge podge of sometimes clever (sometimes not) walk-on cameos, a road trip (which is a poor screen writing trick to fill a weak plot with 30-40 minutes of loose gags), silly subplots and weak "ha-ha" gags breaking the fourth wall.

Half the movie is an insult to people who can best be described as The Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons (myself included). Half of the "Joke" is ripping on his own fanbase, and any average person who critiques him negatively over the net. This cheazy ploy went out with low-brow comics ripping on Siskel and Ebert (real critics), but now it's like the Slapshot scene where they go into the audience and beat-up their fans.

Except Slap Shot was funny.

Maybe I'm old (I'm Kevin Smith's Age). But F just isn't funny anymore Be clever. Why was Scooby Doo in the movie? It was a waste of 10 minutes that did nothing to the plot. Couldn't he tie that in somehow humously at the end like, those kids show up to expose the jewel theifs, who end up being 3 cranky old men who woulda gotten away with it. And the love interest... we won't even get into that believability.

Anyhow. Kevin, if you ever wanna come over and beat me up, drop me a note and I'll give ya my address.
Painshade

Painshade

So here I am looking at a comedy that I liked when I was 13 and 14. I watched this movie all the time back then. So does it hold up after 4 years? In my eyes it doesn't.

Don't get me wrong it is funny... in places. The leading characters are a big problem, why? they work as side characters for the movies but in here... It doesn't work. Jay has potential to be a funny side character but not as a lead. He is on the verge of irritating as he chews the scenery of this movie. I did laugh at a few jokes, don't get me wrong but for every 1 joke that works there are about 5 more that fall flat. When a joke falls flat in this movie it falls REALLY FLAT.

Not to mention they overuse the F word. I know, I might come across as an idiot for complaining about bad language in a Kevin Smith movie and it might be as stupid as complaining about the use of Amber in a Guillermo Del Toro film. But it is used in EVERY SINGLE SENTENCE. This might entertain a 14 year old for an hour and a half but not to a 17 year old looking for something more.

Not to mention the plot is just awful. I get what Smith was trying to do with this movie. Basically a stupid comedy with a ridiculous premise. First of all the premise is sort of a "boo-hoo" situation (trying to stop a movie because of haters? Really?). Not to mention that It almost is like he ran out of material and crammed in subplots and love relationships that are more forced than Hayden Christensen's and Natalie Portman's in the Star Wars prequels. The plots are just NOT FUNNY.

So will I give Kevin Smith films a re-watch? Yes. I considered this man to be my favourite comedy director when I was 13 and want to see out of curiosity if any of his other films hold up. One of my biggest problems with this movie is the fact that the focus of the film should be supporting characters and doing that might actually work if you change it to a character that can entertain people who AREN'T fourteen years old.