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JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK (2001)


DIRECTOR  -  kevin smith

RATED  -  r

GENRE  -  comedy

LENGTH  -  104 minutes

RELEASED  -  24 august 2001

DISTRIBUTOR  -  miramax pictures

OFFICIAL SITE  -  jay and silent bob

ESTIMATED BUDGET  -  $22,000,000
jay and silent bob - a shot from the film

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SYNOPSIS:
when jay and silent bob learn that a "bluntman and chronic" movie is being made featuring their comic book counterparts, they drool at the thought of fat movie checks rolling in. but when the pair find that there won't be any royalties coming their way, they set out to sabotage the flick at all costs.




MOVIE FACT:
the word "fuck" is used 228 times.


MOVIE FOTOS:

picture from jay and silent bob strike back

picture from jay and silent bob strike back

picture from jay and silent bob strike back



RATING:


three out of four possible stars

One of my favorite parts of this movie has to be the wording for the R-rating, cautioning young minds out there to steer clear of this f**king movie. Some of the language goes like this: Rated R for nonstop crude and sexual humor. And I have to say that although i usually can't stand it when a film has this much awful language in it, I really didn't mind it in this film. Because Jay and Silent Bob are f**king hilarious. You can't really expect classy humor here, of course, and you'll have to leave most of your brain at the door. But not all of it. And that's kind of what's interesting about this movie. the humor is just so crude that you can't help but cringe during a few obligatory fart jokes.

But thrown in there for good measure is some of that classic Kevin Smith movie trash. And this film seems to have a lot more of that inside or devotee information that the last few flicks. You can watch Dogma and understand just about all of it without having seen the other smith flicks. You can even watch Chasing Amy and not have too many problems understanding the relationships between the characters. But in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back there's more than a few jokes that you'd probably have to have references for to understand. There are also a lot of jokes concerning movie trivia that a person who goes to just a few movies a year probably wouldn't understand.

But really, this isn't an impediment to enjoying the movie, provided you like butt and fart jokes. Which, as I said before, I really can't stand. Usually. But I'm always willing to make exceptions. And in this film, can't say I really mind the crass language and situations. Kevin Smith has the odd ability to put relatively insightful views on the film industry into his films, and yet keep lots of room free for those butt and fart jokes. I suppose one couldn't exist without the other, however. I mean, how fun would this movie be if it were strictly about a couple of stoners going to Hollywood? It would turn into something akin to "Dude, Where's My Car?"

And if the film was strictly about making fun of Hollywood, not very many people (except for insane movie fans, like myself) would enjoy it. So perhaps smith strikes a good balance between the smart and the funny, making this flick pretty enjoyable for most folks. And I don't suppose you would go to this movie expecting something worthy of a showing during the local Sunday mass. When you go see this film, you've got to expect, and sometimes put up with, the types of jokes that are common to this flick. This is probably also the best performance by Jason Mewes, the "genius" behind the title character of Jay.

It would probably be really hard to differentiate between the actual person and the character though. When I watched the director's commentary portion of the dvd for Dogma, Mewes was one of the commentators. And he sounded just as stoned during the commentary as he does in all the movies. But in any case, it seems that mewes has really refined his character. If he is indeed different from his character in the films, it probably isn't any problem to turn the character on and off. Possibly my favorite part of the film though would have to be the sequence where Ben Affleck and Matt Damon reprise their roles from Good Will Hunting.

Jay and Silent Bob try to hide in one of the sound stages on the Miramax lot after being chased by one of the lot guards. The sound stage they hide on just happens to be where matt and ben are filming Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season. I won't go into too much detail, so as not to spoil it, but I was really laughing out loud during this scene. It makes fun of Hollywood, the serious drama genre of movies, and the incredible amount of money floating around Hollywood. Gus Van Sant, the director of Good Will Hunting, even makes a cameo in this scene. Definitely the funniest in the movie.

It is very evident though that in this film, Smith has decided not to tackle those oh-so complicated issues that he looked at in his other movies. Like sexuality in Chasing Amy and religion in Dogma. This film is just to filled with fart jokes to really remind me of something serious. But I think it's a fitting ending to the series of "Jersey" films that Kevin Smith has put out in the last few years. But will it be the end? That is the question on everybody's mind. And I can't really say I'd mind another film in the series.

These characters are just so fun to watch. And even though this film has been toted as the end of the series, Smith doesn't seek to "wrap up" absolutely every story line in the film. He does manage to tap quite a few characters from the other movies, but doesn't try to make sure that you know exactly what's going on with every character. When all's said and done, this film is just a good old fashioned romp into F-bomb territory and pot smoking. And really, how can you go wrong with cameos from Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia?? This film is really fun and it's something that blows a raspberry at the conglomerate of Hollywood. Hey, it's just a f**king great.

Review by Kelsey Wyatt.


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