Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

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Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back: View Askew's Final Chapter In "The Book".

Mar 6, 2002 (Updated Mar 6, 2002)
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Pros:Comedy riot with tons of hidden jokes. Cameos.

Cons:Tons of cussing.

The Bottom Line: Kevin Smith bids farewell to Jay and Silent Bob by having them get vengeance on Hollywood. Rapid fire comedy that does bog down a bit in the middle.


Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

Jay and Silent Bob set out for Hollywood to stop the production of a movie based on a comic book which is based on their lives. They travel from New Jersey to Hollywood and along the way encounter a hitch-hiker that lives by “the book”, a nun that also lives by “the book”, and a quad of leather clad environmentalists set out to save “the monkeys”. Oh, and lots not forget Scooby Doo.

The GOOD –

F Word, F Word, F Word. Jason Mewes finally gets the chance to shine in his own movie. He’s like Tom Green except thankfully without the gross out and visible humor involving cows and other objects that just about anyone in the world would never even remotely touch. He does have a particular scene with a nun – which goes even further “in-depth” with the deleted extended scene available on the DVD – where he may come close to resembling Tom Green – but Jason Mewes is much funnier.

Silent Bob. Kevin Smith’s performance as Silent Bob is reason enough to watch the movie twice. Reason enough in fact to watch any movie he stars in as Silent Bob more than once. Even though he doesn’t speak (or says a few lines here and there mainly towards the end of the picture) his facial expressions speak volumes and induce laughter alone. He’s like a comic book hero but without the floating bubbles extending from his brain detailing his emotions. The very way he glares, smiles, looks away with his eyes, points, walks, - any basic mime expressions – make his performance just as good as Jay’s.

Hollywood Get W(B)itched Slapped. As the taglines have pointed out, In Jay and Silent Bob – Hollywood had and has it coming. Yes, Hollywood is torn apart in this film – but not as much as I original expected. Good Will Hunting is torn apart. Ben Affleck is torn apart – and even better, is torn apart by Affleck himself. And perhaps the worse slap – Miramax films is torn to shreds with countless jokes at their expense. Note, Jay and Silent Bob was released by Dimension Films – perhaps the only production studio willing to work with Kevin Smith after this film.

The Cameos. Kudo’s to Kevin Smith for having perhaps the largest group of famous and infamous celebrities willing to tear apart their performances in earlier films. Perhaps the greatest of these cameo’s is Mark Hamill playing (Cocknocker) a Star Wars wannabe action hero, who resembles Carrot Top if he were to become an action hero. Star Wars alumni Carrie Fisher also as a brief part in the film, accompanied by George Carlin, Stifler (Seann William Scott) from the American Pie series, Matt Damon, Chris Rock and more. Besides cameos Jason Lee, Shannon Elizabeth, and Will Ferrell also have more supporting roles – even if they are not anywhere close to being the stars of the film even though their names appear proudly on the cover of the movie’s poster.

The BAD –

Holly’s Slapped. Attacked is perhaps too strong of a word. Hollywood is more slapped around than out right attacked. Besides the beginning and ending of the film – Hollywood takes a back seat as Jay and Silent Bob attack environmentalists and basically slowly travel across the U.S. to California. There is a brief scene involving the “characters that resemble Scooby Doo” (if you listen closely, you’ll notice that the voice of Scooby Doo is Mark Hamill) as Kevin Smith puts it – but Hollywood isn’t at all attacked as much as teenage horror movies were attacked in Scary Movie.

The Nun’s Book. Okay, yes, this scene is funny. Carrie Fisher makes it even more special – but it’s too short. Then again, a side-story involving a nun probably would of severely dragged the film down. But, introducing a nun into the scheme of things – especially when it relates to “the book” is just further evidence of the movie slipping away from it’s attack on Hollywood and focusing more on pure shock values. Leave this to other wasted comics such as Tom Green.

F’em. The F word is used 228 times in the movie (according to the trivia section at IMDB.com). If you don’t like cussing, you are not going to like this film.

The CHARACTERS –

Jay. Learned to cuss outside a convenience store at a very early age. Wonderful. Aren’t we all a little bit like Jay, except without the long blond hair? Jason Mewes is Jay – and in fact, I don’t think he’s ever acted in any other part besides Jay. As seen on DVD – Jason is very much like Jay. Funny even if his lines aren’t scripted and scary just by the mere sight of him. Actually, scratch that. Jason Mewes is far scarier than Jay. What was up with that facial hair on the DVD?

Silent Bob. Same ‘ol Bob. The butt of many jokes, yet is at times more funny than Jay simply because he doesn’t talk. Facial expressions alone define him. I’m actually disappointed when he does talk.

The Cameos. Include Morris Day, Jason Biggs, Matt Damon, James Van Der Beek, Wes Craven, Shannen Doherty, Jon Stewart, Harley Quinn Smith (Kevin Smith’s baby), Gus Van Sant, and many more including those mentioned beforehand.

The ENDING –

God. Alanis Morissette closes the book and does a little jig until she disappears into the light. Kevin Smith always remembers to pay homage to everyone who’s ever helped him get where he is today. Even Morissette – even if she’s found at the very end of the movie long after the credits have finally stopped rolling

The Credits. Stay tuned for the credits. There are some hidden jokes found within the credits, as well as a very humorous “thank you to’s” and even a disclaimer towards harming gay people.

The Movie. Well watch it and find out for yourself!

The BOTTOM LINE OVER 30 WORDS –

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back only proves that Kevin Smith is a master at humor in his own sick and twisted yet creative way. His movies involve humor more heard by what is said (and not said by Silent Bob) compared to what is seen which many movies rely on. In fact, if you tried to watch Jay and Silent Bob without the volume on – the movie would most likely make very little if any sense – compared to a movie say American Pie. Even without volume you can pretty much know why so many people even to this day stay away from Pale Ale. If you’re looking for a movie that will insult and ignite your funny bone (no matter from which bone those emotions come from) – Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back will make you laugh. Could have been funnier, yes. Could have been worse, hard to say since it’s Kevin Smith. Good Rental, yes. Good DVD purchase, yes – especially with the 30 or so deleted scenes with introductions. Overall, not to be missed.


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