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Movie review for the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.  Directed by Kevin Smith.
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Note: This film has an R rating.

Junkie Rating:

This film received 2 1/2 pops out of 4 pops.This film received 2 1/2 pops out of 4 pops.This film received 2 1/2 pops out of 4 pops.This film received 2 1/2 pops out of 4 pops.

 

Cast and Credits

Kevin Smith (Silent Bob) 
Jason Mewes (Jay Phat Buds) 
Shannen Doherty (Herself) 
Renée Humphrey (Tricia "The Dish" Jones) 
Ben Affleck (Holden McNeil/Himself) 
James Van Der Beek (Himself/Bluntman) 
Jason Biggs (Himself/Chronic) 
Matt Damon (Himself/Will Hunting) 
Joey Lauren Adams (Alyssa Jones) 
Shannon Elizabeth (Justice) 
Eliza Dushku (Sissy) 
Carrie Fisher (Nun) 
Tracy Morgan (Pumpkin Escobar (L.A. Drug-Dealer)) 
Scott Mosier (Willam Black/Extras Wrangler) 
Ali Larter (Chrissy) 

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       For those that do not know, Jay and Silent Bob are two characters created by Kevin Smith in "Clerks", a movie about two slackers.  Then the two appeared in "Mallrats", although bashed by the critics, it was one hell of a movie, but Smith's next flick, "Chasing Amy", was more serious, and Kevin didn't want these two goofs messing it up and getting on the critics bad side, and "Chasing Amy" was a HUGE success.  But the fans couldn't get enough of Jay and Bob, so Kevin gave them a bigger role in "Dogma".  So, Kevin Smith's jersey trilogy turned into four movies, and Kevin didn't want to make another with Jay and Bob...but everybody wanted to see those lovable idiots again, so Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back was born.  The 'Strike Back' part is an homage to "Star Wars", of which Kevin is a huge fan.  Anywho, on to the review.

      The first thing that came to my mind about this movie was how could these two idiots carry a movie by themselves?  After seeing the movie, I still don't know how, but they can.  Jason Mewes (who plays Jay of course) proves everyone who said he couldn't carry the flick that he can. He's got excellent timing and he's so friggin' funny.  Snootchie Bootchies. The next thing that came to mind was how is Kevin Smith going to tie all the characters and movies together?  Afterall, in "Dogma", Chris Rock is an Apostle (the 13th one), here he's a director named Chaka, but Kevin again pulls this off.  Then there's Ben Affleck returning as Holden from "Chasing Amy" and himself; Jason Lee reprising his role as Banky in "Chasing Amy"; there's the two clerks: Dante (Brian O'Hallaran) and Randel (Jeff Anderson); there's Joey Lauren Adams and Dwight Ewell returning as Alyssa Jones and Hooper X from "Chasing Amy"; there's Steve Dave; and all the people that play themselves also make fun of themselves.  You've got Ben Affleck and Matt Damon fighting about which one's movie career ended faster, and Kevin Smith makes fun at himself for making this movie several times.  Snootch to the nootch.

      The next thing is all the cameo's.  You've got SNL buddies Will Ferrell and Tracy Morgan, and they're funnier than ever.  You've got "Star Wars" castmates Mark Hammil and Carrie Fisher. You've got the "American Pie" castmates: Seann William Scott, Shannon Ellizabeth, and Jason Biggs.  You've got directors Wes Craven and Gus Van Zant poking fun at themselves.  You've got the TV people: Jon Stewart, Jules Asner and Steve Kmetco, James Van Der Beek, and Diedrich Bader. Where am I going with this and what does this all mean?  It means this is one funny movie!  Snoogens.

      There's two artists who Kevin gave mad props to in the movie.  Stroke 9's "Kick Some Ass" and Afroman's "Because I Got High".  Both song's are really catchy.  You should go out and buy their CD's.  Noodge. 

Recommendation: Although this is one big inside/bodily humor of a movie, and that's not everybody's humor, I still recommend it to everybody.  Even Kids. There's nothing in it that they already do not know.  I'd say this is for people 12 and up, 'cause give me a 12 year old (males only) who doesn't like bodily humor jokes.  But I think most will see this movie for the inside jokes, of which this movie is laden.  I laughed my mother-[expletive deleted] [expletive deleted] off!  Go see this fatty boom batty flick! 


     --
James ( 3 1/2 out of 4 pops )

 

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Other Junkie's opinions.....

      Patsy ( 3 out of 4 pops )

      Being a true blue Kevin Smith fan I was very excited to see this movie.  I didn't expect much of a plot so the fact that the story was a little weak didn't really bother me much.  I did expect a snoogfest and that's exactly what I got-- tons of inside jokes and references as well as cameos galore.  A Smith fan will revel in the movie's Jersey Freshness while a person not as well acquainted with Kevin's Jersey Trilogy might be confused.  As far as how much I truly liked this film...I liked it.  It's definitely not my favorite Smith movie but I appreciated it-- it was almost like a final tribute to his fans (I say 'final' because I've heard that Jay and Silent Bob are being retired, but who knows).  If you're a Smith fan you MUST see this and you should be ashamed that you didn't see it already (what were you thinking?!).  If you're a Smith neophyte, do yourself a favor and rent a at least one of his previous films before seeing this...but do see it, you're missing out on a large sub-culture of film-fans.  Snoochie Bootchies.

      Liz ( 3 out of 4 pops )

      Holy language, Batman.  Kevin Smith fans, go ahead, delight in this.  Count the cameos.  Hurrah the humor.  Everyone else, give a nod to the guy from nowhere who has made a huge footprint in Hollywood and elsewhere -- you have to respect a guy who gets his kind of entertainment fed right into the mainstream.  But you don't have to like it.  It's up to you.  Do school yourself on Smith's earlier work first, or most of this one will be lost on you. Just don't let your kids anywhere near this flick until they are mature enough to really decide if they want to heroize a guy named "Bluntman." 

      Matt ( 1 out of 4 pops )

      Kevin Smith is a talented writer/director, and I enjoyed his first three films ("Clerks," "Mallrats" and "Chasing Amy") very much.  I wasn't a fan of "Dogma," but three out of four ain't bad at all.  This latest installment to the Jersey Trilogy contradicts Smith's knack for witty dialogue and humor, and simply proves to be a tawdry pile of filth.  I've never seen the "f" word used in a more frequent, tasteless, gratuitous fashion!  Those three adjectives can also be used to describe the gags.

      There's tons of talented performers in the cast, and rarely have I ever seen a bigger waste of talent in my whole moviegoing life!  Will Ferrell is about the only saving grace, and actually brought in a few laughs.  The attempts at Hollywood satire are totally lazy.  We're reduced to watching Ben Affleck and Matt Damon insult each other's film careers.  Wow, that's original!  If you haven't seen "American Pie 2", please check that out first!  I don't care how big of a Kevin Smith fan you are-- I appreciate most of his work too, but that don't stop me from loathing this garbage.  "AP2" is an example of crude and sexual humor used in a witty and tasteful fashion.  "Jay and Silent Bob" is an example of filth for the sake of filth.  No structure whatsoever!  And it's even more off-putting, knowing that Smith has such bigger potential.