Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

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When Jay and Silent Bob learn that their comic-book alter egos, Bluntman and Chronic, have been sold to Hollywood as part of a big-screen movie that leaves them out of any royalties, the pair travels to Tinseltown to sabotage the production. --TMDb
Jason Mewes
Jason Mewes
Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith
Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson
Brian O'Halloran
Brian O'Halloran
Review by Tristan
Added: November 19, 2007
Love him or hate him, Kevin Smith has become a pretty huge deal in Hollywood. Being a huge fan of his movies, I'd followed the View Askew Universe since Mallrats, and had always loved the adorable characters Jay and Silent Bob. Naturally, when I found out they were getting their own movie I was psyched and couldn't wait for its Fall release. And wouldn't you know it, it was rated 18a, and me being a young lad, couldn't get in. So I waited for it on DVD and again, wouldn't you know it, had to be 18 to rent it. When I got around to convincing my older friends to rent it for me, I had no idea what to expect. A Jay and Silent Bob movie, who would ever pay to see that? I would, and did, and was treated to the goofiest and wackiest installment since I picked up Mallrats on VHS.

For those of you unacquainted with the View Askew Universe, the history goes a little something like this. Banky Edwards (Jason Lee) and Holden McNeil (Ben Affleck) are two comic book creators who made up the characters Bluntman and Chronic, which are likenesses of Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith). As it turns out, the comic has been optioned by Miramax to cash in on the huge comic-to-movie adaptations that have flooded the theatres these past few years. When Jay and Bob learn of this, and figure out their likenesses could earn them some "proverbial fat cash" they head off on a cross country trip to Hollywood to stop the movie from getting made and save their good names.

After meeting up with Justice (Shannon Elizabeth) in a fast food restaurant, the duo hitches a ride with her and her three friends across the country where they end up stealing a monkey at a cosmetics testing facility. Sounds noble enough, but this was actually a diversion for the girls to rob the nearby diamond exchange, which Jay and Bob have now been accused of. To make matters worse, they're being pursued by Federal Wildlife Marshal Willenholly (Will Ferrell) for the theft of the monkey. Still determined to stop the movie from being made, the two get into even more trouble when they sneak into the Miramax studios, stumble across the set of Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season, come face-to-face with the men playing their parts in the movie, and ultimately a bluntsaber battle with Cock-Knocker (Mark Hamill).

I know what you're thinking. This sounds like the worst movie ever created. If it were any other two characters, it probably would be. Oddly enough it works, and it works well. If you're a fan of the rest of Smith's films, you will be happy to see your favourite characters popping up here and there, as well as dozens of inside jokes. If this is the only Smith film you've ever seen, and somehow know nothing about the rest of his stories, you'll be happy to know that there are enough laughs in this movie to have you holding your sides anyway. Jason Mewes is 100% on his game as the foul-mouthed yet adorable Jay, and Kevin Smith once again shows off his acting chops by donning the wig and trench coat.

Is this as good as the rest of Smith's work? Not really, but it is definitely a hilarious movie that needs to be watched by everyone at least once. This was the second last View Askew film I needed to upgrade from VHS to DVD and it is most certainly worth it. There are enough clever jokes in here to entertain all you sophisticated comedy lovers, as well as enough dick and fart jokes for the younger audience to enjoy it.

Griffinheart #1: Griffinheart - added 11/19/2007, 07:43 AM
This movie didn't do much for me. I loved Jay and Silent Bob in some of the other Kevin Smith movies (both Clerks and Dogma), but this one seemed like a lot of stale jokes.
Rest Easy Soul #2: Rest Easy Soul - added 07/25/2010, 11:07 AM
Stay up out my kool-aid/10
Lucid Dreams #3: Lucid Dreams - added 11/22/2010, 03:40 AM
Jay and Bob were the best parts about his movies, so it was only fair to his fans to make a movie about them. 8/10
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