Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

By Sarah Kennedy,
Jay and Silent Bob go to Hollywood!
Author Rating: 
3.5 Stars

For Kevin Smith fans, "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" is like a high school reunion--and you and your friends are seated next to the class clowns. It's fun, oddly nostalgic and worth experiencing at least once.

It's an over-the-top, flippant, final send-off for Smith's ubiquitous characters; quirky drug dealers Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith). In Smith's previous films ("Clerks", "Mallrats", "Chasing Amy" and "Dogma"), Jay and Silent Bob's screen time was scarce. Many people were skeptical about "Jay and Silent Bob..." Can these two lovable stoners actually carry a film by themselves?

By my count, yes. While "Jay and Silent Bob..." is not the careful, honest look into the human psyche, that "Chasing Amy" was, it doesn't have to be. It is a treat for Smith fans and pop culture cynics alike. Smith pokes fun at everything from the Internet to his own movies, while continuing his tradition of paying homage to Star Wars. Mark Hamill even makes a cameo, dueling with a "blunt saber", a weapon which resembles a "light saber" so closely, Chris Rock's character spouts, "I think George Lucas is gonna sue somebody!"

"Jay and Silent Bob..." takes audiences along for the party as Jay (a clueless drug dealer) and Silent Bob (Jay's quiet "hetero life mate"), hitchhike from New Jersey to Hollywood. After learning that a movie is being made about them (and that people are already dissing the movie on the Internet), they set out to stop the movie's production. Action and raunchy humor follow Jay and Silent Bob through their cross-country romp.

The foul-mouthed, misguided (yet somehow endearing), Jay, complicates the journey by falling for Justice (Shannon Elizabeth), a girl who offers them a ride. Jay finds himself agreeing to steal a monkey for Justice, and soon the duo are on the run from a buffoonish, federal, wildlife official, played perfectly by Will Ferrell.

The dialogue is witty, funny and full of pop culture spoofs. Fans of Smith's other movies will enjoy the recurring characters and inside jokes. Even Smith "virgins" will be amused and entertained throughout the movie. Universal pop icons like the Scooby Doo gang and James Van Der Beek from "Dawson's Creek", are part of the fun, and no one stands a chance being left out of the laughter.

Skewering himself, Hollywood and the Internet, Smith's "Jay and Silent Bob..." is fun, fresh and edgy. If you're not easily offended by crude language (or jokes about Ben Affleck


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