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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17 October 2001 | JehuDVD
CU Film Critic takes on "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back."
Whether or not you enjoy `Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back' is going to depend a lot on whether or not you enjoy director Kevin Smith. I, for one, think the guy is a genius. If you don't mind my lauding his name, read on. First, a little background for the uninitiated.

Kevin Smith's movies (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and now JSBSB) are a world created by the director himself, in the sense that all are interconnected by characters, plot points, and subtle references. The one constant, though, is the entity known as Jay and Silent Bob, a pair of pot dealers who have more or less spent their entire lives standing in front of the Quik-Stop convenience store. Jay (Jason Mewes) is the long-haired guy we all knew in high school, his endless stream of four-letter epithets almost endearing because the goofy guy just doesn't know any better. Silent Bob (played by director Kevin Smith), Jay's self-described `hetero life-mate' stands by without speaking a word and provides some sort of moral counterpoint for the duo.

In Smith's `Chasing Amy,' Banky and Holden (Jason Lee and Ben Affleck, respectively) created a comic book entitled `Bluntman and Chronic,' based on their real-life buddies Jay and Silent Bob. Fast-forward to `Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.'

Banky has sold the rights to his comic to Miramax pictures, leaving Jay and Silent Bob in the dark about the business deal. Jay and Bob, with help from Holden, discover via the Internet (`What's the Internet?' asks Jay) that a movie based on them is about to start production. Realizing that they won't see a dime of the money, and even more upset by their defamation on Internet message boards, they decide to truck across the country to stop the film from being produced.

It's important to note that while the comedy is crude, slapstick, and even resorts to fart jokes, it's not dumb comedy, it's satire at it's finest, reminiscent of such self-deprecating masterpieces as `Pee-Wee's Big Adventure' and `Blazing Saddles.' After the fairly serious `Chasing Amy' and the spiritually overtoned `Dogma,' we see that Smith has decided to get together with his buddies and put together one big inside joke. Fortunately, he's decided to let a few of us in on it. The viewer's enjoyment of the movie is going to depend completely on his or her knowledge of Smith's previous films and characters.

Smith's friends show up in cameos, from Chris Rock to Will Ferrell to Alanis Morrissette to Carrie Fisher to Mark Hamill (Smith is an infamous Star Wars fanatic). You can literally see a man's childhood dream coming true when at one point, Smith's Bob gets to carry on a lightsaber duel with Hamill.

Local interest: In one of the many subplots, a group of female jewel thieves bring Jay and Silent Bob to our very own Boulder, Colorado, to steal a monkey from a medical testing facility. `Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back' is a comedy, and doesn't try to be anything else. The only thing I felt was missing was one of Jason Lee's inspired monologues bitterly bemoaning the state of society. Some of Shannon Elizabeth's screen time could have been cut, I felt, in favor of some trademark Smith dialogue.

Smith now intends to focus his time on more dramatic pursuits, and we are given this as the fifth and last film in his so-called `Jersey Trilogy.' The bottom line is, Smith loves his fans, and this film was created for the loyal. A fitting send-off for Jay and Silent Bob, this film gets an `A-.'

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Trivia

Jay asks Jason Biggs if he really got with Shannon Elizabeth, referring to American Pie (1999). They both were in this movie, Elizabeth in a bigger role as Justice, and Biggs as "Movie Silent Bob".


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 Brodie is restocking the comics and talking to Jay and Silent Bob in Brodie's Secret Stash, a guy is standing there reading a comic book. In the next shot, he is standing there with his arms closed. There was a shot in between where Brodie slaps the comic book out of the guy's hands because he is damaging the spine, but it was cut.


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

The Enhanced CD Soundtrack has a video for "Jay's Rap 2001", in which is shown a number of shots that did not make it into the final film mixed in with those that did. These shots include: (1) Jay and Bob in a plane, (2) the two drinking beers (at the appropriate moment of "Jay's Rap") on the set of "Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season", (3) Jay and Bob outside a parking lot, (4) an alternate take of Jay miming sucking a breast in "Brodie's Comic Stash", (5) Jay smoking a cigarette during the "E.T."-influenced bike scene, (6) Bob stepping out of a room with a goofy grin on his face while Jay tokes up, and finally ends with (7) a hilarious blooper where Jay offers Suzanne the orangutan a hit off a joint.


Soundtracks

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Jimmy Pop
Performed by Bloodhound Gang
Used by permission of Universal Music Publishing (BMI)
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Under license from Universal Music Enterprises

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