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Film Review - Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
In the annals of cinema there have been Batman and Robin, The Green Hornet and Kato, Flash and Dale, and now Chronic and Bluntman. Or Jay and Silent Bob when they're not out fighting crime.
When I first heard of this film I was very enthused! Here we are at the end of a really bad summer at the movies, where nobody was able to build a story to go with that order of special effects. It looks like two stoners from Jersey have come to save the day!
If you're not familiar with Jay and Silent Bob, don't feel left out. They've only been in a few movies, and they aren't everyone's cup of tea. Jay can't say two words without swearing and Silent Bob usually has no more than two lines per film. What you can count on is that these two in their own way, have quite a lot to say.
In this installment the boys are off to Hollywood to stop a film being made about them. They'd feel good about this movie being made if they were being paid, and people on this thing called the internet weren't calling them names. This is definitely a Road Trip picture, with all the misadventures that implies. (You know falling in love, stealing a monkey, and being framed for a crime you didn't commit, the usual stuff.)
This is also the Swan Song for these two. Their creator has decided that it's time to move on. To that end, he has brought back most of the major characters from the other films that featured this duo. Everyone gets one last bow, including God herself.
Going to this film was like going to Star Wars on opening day. You miss some of the dialog because people cheer when characters come on screen for the first time. This is a fun I haven't seen all summer at the theatre.
The atmosphere is cheery. The jokes, as juvenal as they are many times, are very funny. I really haven't laughed this hard in a long time. It kind of reminds me of the first time I saw a Marx Brothers film.
Not everyone is going to like this. Writer/Director Kevin Smith has a habit of making certain groups mad. In Dogma the Catholics were mad. In Jay and Silent Bob it's the Gays. You also have to be able to deal with Jay's mouth. He could embarrass a sailor. If this will rub you the wrong way, you should avoid the film.
Otherwise, this is a real gem, and frankly, I'd like to see it again. This is the movie this summer that actually had a story.
Directed by Kevin Smith
Released in 2001
MPAA Rating: R
Reviewed by Mongo