6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2007
An Evening with Kevin Smith
This is a must have for all fans of Kevin Smith and his movies. A lot of people have said this already about this DVD, and it is because it's true. You get Kevin, for nearly three hours on these two discs, answering all of the questions we always wanted to know. There are a lot of funny moments, but all of it is very informative. It is just something that you have to have if you are a fan, simple as that. I'm a Q&A fan, so I love listening to my favorite writer/director spill his guts on topics and just learn more from the man. If you are like me, once again, get it!
An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder
The title of the movie says it all, this is definitely a more dirtier and possibly offensive Kevin Smith. If you don't understand his humor, good odds are that there will be something you will be offended by. Jesus, America, and the sex life of his deceased dad are all addressed in the sequel. That wasn't what lost me, but like many here have said, it just wasn't as funny and didn't answer a lot of questions like the first movie did. Kevin gets asked a question then gets side tracked and goes on for thirty minutes about things that aren't even related to the topic. This happens more than once when he asks "What was your question?" It'd be great, but he just kind of rambles on stuff that isn't that funny, except to himself. There are some things he said that had me laughing a long while after he said it, but sadly, the entire show wasn't like that.
However, Disc 2 in London is hilarious! It is back to the quality of the first documentary, at least for me. It had a really good Q & A and the jokes were really funny!
Overall, this is a good collection to get if you are a fan. It's just that the second movie isn't as good as the first, only the second disc of Evening Harder really lives up to the first movie. You may not agree with the review, but watch it yourself and you will see that the second isn't nearly as good, until disc 2. I'm still a huge fan of Kevin Smith and these two movies, there is good to be found on both DVDs, just not so much on "Evening Harder".
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2006
Everyone reviewing this is actually reviewing "An Evening with Kevin Smith" not the one that hasn't been released yet. Come on people....
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I truely enjoyed this movie/Q&A. Not too long ago my husband and I watched the original, which I was familiar with since I had seen Kevin Smith do a Q&A when he came to UCF. First there is too much material between the first and second movies to watch them back to back. But I would advise watching the first one first, which I found to be much more entertaining than the second. Not that the second is by any means bad. I would still recommend this one to anyone, but there is a definate change in Kevin between the first and second (He's now a daddy) so I would say he's a bit more mellow during this go round. He is also less bitter which is part of what made the first one so funny. Mewes does make an appearance or two, but his contribution on the first DVD of the set hovers as a 2 line cameo. Do I recommend it? Of course, but remember this IS Kevin Smith, it's profane, insightful, crude, playful, and will leave you with a different view on "Dora the Explorer". If you are a fan of his movies, then watch both of these films, in order, and watch them with friends.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2013
"An Evening with Kevin Smith" is a set of DVDs featuring Q&A sessions from screenwriter, actor, film producer, director, comic book writer, author, podcaster, and comedian Kevin Patrick Smith. Smith first came on the scene with the 1994 independent film "Clerks," a low-budget comedy in which Smith debuted `Jay and Silent Bob.' While most Q&A sessions are best kept for one-time-viewing, "An Evening with Kevin Smith" is more like an interactive stand-up comedy set.
One of the big things that sets Kevin Smith apart from other comedian/writers is how easily he meshes with the general population. Again, I'll reiterate that this is not your typical Q&A; everything this man has to say is funny (but you probably want to be at least a little familiar with Smith's work prior to watching, some people don't care for his brand of humor). An avid "Clerks" and "Dogma" fan, I found these DVDs incredibly entertaining; Kevin Smith's on-the-spot improvisation is highlighted in these Q&As, further attesting to his comedic brilliance. Sooo... if you're a Kevin Smith fan, I think you'll really enjoy watching his version of stand-up; if you've never heard of the guy, it probably isn't worth purchasing.
"An Evening with Kevin Smith"--Unrated 2-disc set (224 minute run-time) from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released in December of 2002.
SPECIAL FEATURES: Bonus Trailers.
The first "Evening" takes place between 2001 and 2002 at the American Colleges: Clark University, Indiana University, University of Wyoming, and Cornell University. During his visits, fans flocked to ask questions of Smith related to how he became involved in the film industry, his relationships with various celebrities (notably Jason Mewes and Ben Affleck), and where he gets the inspiration for his characters and storylines.
"An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder"--Unrated 2-disc set (239 minute run-time) from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released in 2006.
SPECIAL FEATURES: Toronto Stand-Up Concert, Toronto: Limo Ride Featurette (Kevin Smith hits the streets of Toronto, determined to answer the all-important question, "What is Canadian cuisine?"), London Stand-Up Concert, London: Man on the Street Featurette (Kevin Smith sidekick Jason Mewes tries out various pick-up lines on the ladies in London).
The second edition of Q&A sessions from Kevin Smith was shot in Toronto and London. Going into this set, I had a hard time wrapping my head around `what more could Smith have to say?' But being among non-domestic fans opens up an opportunity for Smith to poke fun at the cultural differences that divide American fans from the British and Canadian varieties. In addition, "Evening Harder" opens up more of Smith's personal life to the public, and nothing is off-limits. Throughout the evenings, Kevin discusses his marriage, `Playboy,' his own physique, `X-Men' (as a means of homosexual release), and even Mel Gibson--though that last one could probably fill up its own Q&A.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2007
If you like stand up comedy, Kevin Smith (or his movies), or Q & A's with a creator you will like this.
Kevin Smith is one of the funniest people on this earth, and the story of how he became famous is just great. Before getting this I would suggest getting the first DVD so you know some of the stories he eludes to in this DVD.
***TREAD LIGHTLY - PLENTY OF SPOILERS HERE***
Uh-oh...here comes that potty-mouth man again! Kevin Smith (CLERKS, DOGMA, JERSEY GIRL) made successful, raucous noise with AN EVENING WITH KEVIN SMITH, a 2002 film documenting several Q & A stand-up tours he conducted in several college venues. Now, the articulate but unapologetically vulgar writer/director, who is as wardrobe-challenged as ever, returns, this time with a lengthier 2-disc effort. It's as raunchy and irreverent as the first EVENING WITH... And, yes, at a grand total of 239 minutes, this sequel might prove to be too arduous for the average fella with a life, especially when one factors in some of the horrendously inane questions asked by the audience participants (such as "What would be your word of the day?" or "If you could be half man, half dog, which part would be which?"), but, you know what, the fat guy's still as funny and eloquent as ever.
You'd think he'd rein in the cusswords a bit - what with his mother being in the London audience and all - but nuh-uh. He even includes her in some of his impromptu bits. Kevin Smith remains an entertaining, stream-of-consciousness storyteller, and I admire his frankness and fearlessness. Any seemingly innocuous question (say, for example, about the film industry) could prompt him into a convoluted response which then, oft times, segues or dovetails to a more intimately detailed account of his personal life.
Disc 1 contains Q & A concert footage shot in Toronto as Kevin's snippet of a daughter, Harley, cutely introduces him to the maple leaf crowd. Kevin then comes out and immediately begins riffing on sundry topics, some of which are: writer's block and writer's laze, how DORA THE EXPLORER is better enjoyed when smokin' a little somethin' something', more dirt about Prince, his monetary net worth (5 bucks), Mel Gibson and THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, etc. The Toronto concert also showcases cameos by the cooly taciturn Jason Muse and Kevin's hot wifey, Jen.
Disc 2 finds London's Criterion Theatre playing host to Kevin Smith as the audience learns, amongst other things, of Kevin's thoughts regarding the X-Men (and its associated parable), his views on certain of the British press, what his version of a Green Hornet film would be, stuff about bears and cubs, his favorite come-on line, and yet more fun facts about his wife, including his experiences directing her for a P1ayboy shoot.
Those who have nothing better to do is invited to hang around each disc's main menu screen and view 5 and a half extra minutes per disc of Smith's goofy, time-filler shenanigans. Disc 1 has an 11-minute long "Limo Ride" bonus featurette (Kevin hits the Toronto streets to ask the populace this question, "What is Canadian cuisine?"), while Disc 2 offers an amusing 6 and a half minute-long "Man on the Street" featurette (Jason Mewes tests various pick-up lines on the London honeys).
Kevin Smith is a joy to watch as he sweatily navigates and fields the sometimes penetrating, but more often than not, insipid audience questions. He's charming and doesn't hold back and manages to gently remonstrates the more brain-deficient members in the theater (this, by the way, demonstrates that just because you have a cool Brit accent, it doesn't mean you automatically have higher I.Q.). As diverting as I find Kevin Smith to be, it still took me multiple sessions with the DVD player before I could go thru the two discs. There are times when Kevin rambles on ad nauseam and rolls off the non sequitur stuff. But, for the most part, Smith offers fascinating and perceptive insider insights on various Hollywood industry topics, as well as, again, being upfront with his home-spun, hide-nothing opinions. Coupled with his rapier wit and penchant for self-mockery, this funny fat man glues you to whatever surface your behind is planted on.
on April 19, 2014
The first An Evening With....was amazing, such a unique look into the behind the scenes of Kevin Smith's world. Kevin is a great storyteller and makes everything funny and is willing to expose himself to the naked truth. I was looking for more stories about the industry and the projects Kevin was, or had worked on, but this evening seemed to be more of his personal life and lacked the depth and humor of the initial film. Don't get me wrong Smith is always funny but I am more interested in his art and the details and truths behind the making of it. I am sure I would love to hear his personal stories around the diner table with a some libations but here they just become thin and unmemorable. If you are looking for something to kill the time and don't want to think to much or follow a plot Smith will make you laugh and kill those minutes, but there isn't much to discuss after the fact.
on October 31, 2009
Well, being a big fan of Kevin Smiths movies, a friend let me borrow this 2 DVD set. This was the first one I saw. I actually saw the first "Evening with" after I saw the 3rd one. It's helpful to watch the Q&A's in order, but I digress. If you like Kevin Smith's 'witty satire' as one of his fans called it in the first Q&A DVD, you'll definitely like this! The only thing was is that I bought the first Q&A from Amazon and I was about to buy this DVD set when I saw it at Big Lots! for [...]. My friend just got Zack & Miri Make A Porno for [...].
Anyway, this is a great DVD set that I enjoy watching often. There are also hidden 'easter eggs' on the menu screens. I had to toggle the arrow keys on my controller all different ways to find them. Those are all 'deleted' scenes.
So, pick it up today if you like to laugh!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2010
An Evening with Kevin Smith DVD:
Funny Q&A with the Man himself, about his life,his work, his movies.
on February 26, 2015
This DVD set was okay. The first DVD is set in Toronto, the second in London. When doing a Q&A, you're only as good as your crowd I suppose and these crowds were not good. The London crowd was much better than the Toronto crowd...the London crowd was actually super polite and orderly, almost embarrassed to be asking questions. The Toronto crowd seemed filled with drunk college kids just yelling out things and asking really ridiculous things. Now, maybe I'm not one to say what is ridiculous to ask or not, but if you saw this Q&A, compared to all the other ones? This is the worst of the bunch.