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Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

  Directed by: Kevin Smith
Starring: Ben Affleck, Shannon Elizabeth, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith
Links: Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack, Buy on Video
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 6.00 (1 rating)
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Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) is also mentioned in mino's review of Chasing Amy (1997) and mino's review of The Flying Car (2002).

"Strictly for the fans" - a review by mino

The films of Kevin Smith are wildly divisive. Some people think that they are uniformly terrible; some think that they're all brilliant, and how dare you even suggest otherwise! Some think that Clerks (1994) was inspired, but it's all been downhill from there. Some think that Dogma (1999) was total blasphemy, but apart from that they're all good fun; and an awful lot seem to think that Mallrats (1995) is the only blot on an otherwise pristine copybook, for some reason (I do not count myself among their number).

Each of these groups of people will have wildly varying views of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

In this, the fifth and final of Smith's 'Jersey films', he takes two of his most popular characters (the Jay and Silent Bob of the title, in case you couldn't guess) — two drug-addled fools (played by Jason Mewes and Smith himself) who have previously existed only as comic foils for the main characters in each previous movie — and made them the stars of their own movie, as a farewell to the various interrelated characters from the previous four films.

Or, to put it another way, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is an excuse for Smith to include as many fart and masturbation jokes as possible.

The plot (erm…) revolves around our two favourite stoners trekking cross-country to try and stop the movie of their lives being made without their permission. Along the way, they get caught up with a gang of sexy (and we're talking Eliza Dushku, so I mean sexy) international diamond thieves (as you do), kidnap an orang-utan (as you do), and get involved with various other events of the type that are usually described as 'comic escapades'.

This plot, in itself, is not exactly rocket science. A lot of the jokes fall flat, and some of them are so astoundingly obvious that anyone who hasn't worked out the punchline long before it appears should perhaps give up watching movies forever. It is all quite amusing, but I'm quite sure that it's one of those movies that will be totally meaningless to you if you're not familiar with the previous films.

The main reason the film exists, though, does not seem to be the jokes: it's the cameos. Virtually every character from the previous four films makes a comeback appearance; and more than a few Hollywood celebrities are persuaded to send themselves up, like Gus Van Sant, Wes Craven, the dynamic duo of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (Affleck is a Jersey trilogy stalwart), and many others. Some of these appearances are little nuggets of gold for the fans; some stink to high heaven. It is a great trip through memory lane though, and the fantastic last act, where Jay and Silent Bob finally reach Hollywood, almost makes up for those preceding.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is a fairly bland movie, with five or six brilliantly funny vignettes (like the Scooby Doo scene), which stand happily on their own. The rest is heavily referential to Smith's earlier movies — almost too much so. If you're a fan of Smith's work, sit back and enjoy (after switching your brain off). If you're not, you might be advised to head elsewhere for laughs.

mino gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 2 Sep 2002

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