Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

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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.

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25 August 2001 | rick_baer
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| Kevin Smith's magnum opus ode to himself
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.

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Trivia

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 and the Arkham video game series.


Quotes

Silent Bob's Mother: Bobby Boy, stay here while mommy picks up the free cheese, kay? Here, this will keep the sun out of your eyes.
Silent Bob's Mother: You be good, now.
Jay's Mother: Alright, don't you fuckin' move you little shit machine. Your Momma's going to try to score.
Passerby: What the hell? 'Scuse me. ...


Goofs

When the dog is talking like Scooby, if you look to the upper left hand corner of the screen, you will notice no-one is driving the car. Since this is a hallucination, logic takes a holiday.


Crazy Credits

The Director Would Like to Thank... GOD - He Who makes it all possible JEN - She who picks up His slack with patience, love and lust SCOTT - Without whom, I'm nothing JAY - Without whom, there's no movie BOB - For Saying "Take'em out of Jersey" HARVEY - For Saying "Kevin and Scott are making a movie where?!?" MOM AND DAD - The best parents a guy ever had GAIL AND BYRON - A close second HARLEY - For her never-ending fascination with poo-poo GORDON - For the same JAMIE - For shooting the best looking flick we've ever made JIM - For scoring the best looking flick we've ever made SLOSS - who coined the phrase "It's Dogma without the religion." RASKIND - who coined the phrase "I'd fire Sloss for saying that." AFFLECK - Once more into the breach, dear friend MATTY - who didn't charge nearly as much as the breach guy LEE - who did double-duty BRIAN AND JEFF - who did it yet again PHILBERT - for sound editing advice VORDO - for sound editing advice TIM - who kept it all running smoothly LAURA - who kept it all running smoothly and under budget GOOSEBERG - for C.G.I., there's no better man out there SUE - for you, there are better men out there THE CAST - who elevated a bunch of dirty words with their talents THE CREW - who elevated everything else, with a smile BRYAN - who laughed at "Give me the map Scott!" WALT - who laughs at Bryan's expense GINA - for coming back MONICA - who makes Scott come - to work, you pigs. To work. MING - He's the deejay, I'm the rapper BRAD AND CHRIS - they're the wheels of steel JIM MCLAUCHLIN - the wizard of Wizard AINT IT COOL MIKE - the Cool of Ain't It Cool CHAPMAN - who's merchandising my kid right into private school CAROL - who's keeping it all accounted for MATT WAGNER - for the logo we've gotten a lot of mileage out of OEMING - for the artwork we'll milk to death THE FOLKS WHO POST AT WWW.VIEWASKEW.COM - for the never-ending kind words THE FOLKS WHO POST AT AINT-IT-COOL-NEWS.COM - for the never-ending abuse HAWK & PIERSON - for starting this whole mess and MALCOLM - the best sport outside of hockey


Alternate Versions

In an earlier test screening of "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back" the discussion between Marshall Willenholly and the Boulder Police about the search for Jay, Silent Bob and the missing orangutang was much longer. It also included an homage/referrence to the famous scene in The Fugitive where Tommy Lee Jones briefs the marshalls on "the hard-target search."


Soundtracks

Jay's Rap 2001
Written by
Kevin Smith (as Kevin P. Smith) and James L. Venable
Performed by Jason Mewes
Used by permission of Snoogans Music Inc. (ASCAP)/Many Faces Music (BMI)

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