on January 15, 2002
This movie was a blast, but you know that already. Read on for the
details of this fully-loaded DVD edition:
- Feature Commentary Track
w/ Kevin Smith, Scott Mosier and Jason Mewes; - Deleted Scenes
with Intros by Kevin Smith and members of the View Askew family; -
Jay & Silent Bob's Secret Stash w/Intros; - Gag Reel w/Intro;
- Internet Trailers w/Intro; - TV Spots; - Still
Galleries; - Storyboards; - Behind The Scenes Featurette;
- "Morris Day and The Time - Learnin' the Moves"
- Afroman "Because I Got High" video; -
Stroke 9 "Kick Some Ass" video; - Comedy Central's Reel
Comedy special; - Cast and Crew Filmographies; - Guide to
Morris Day and The Time; - Some DVD-ROM goodies - Widescreen
(2.35:1) - Enhanced for 16:9 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound -
Special DVD Mix French Language Track; Spanish Subtitles
First and most importantly, you have to be very well prepared to watch "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" if you want to have any hope of enjoying it to its full potential (assume, for the sake of argument, that this is both possible and desirable). Not only do you need to watch all of writer-director Kevin Smith's earlier films (to wit, "Clerks," "Mallrats," "Chasing Amy" and "Dogma"), but you also need to have seen "American Pie," watched enough "Dawson's Creek" to know why Dawson should drown Pacey in the creek, and at least recognize every film Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have made in the past decade (know the title and a one line synopsis of what the film is about).
You need to do this for two reasons. First, it is the only way you can get all of the in-jokes in this film, which is heavily self-referential vis-a-vis the Smith oeuvre. In fact, you are better off using one hand to tick off the names of all the people from Smith's earlier films who are NOT in this movie (Stan "the Man" Lee immediately springs to mind). Second, you will need all this knowledge to be able to explain to the person next to you why Ben Affleck sometimes is playing himself, sometimes is playing somebody else (Holden McNeill from "Chasing Amy"), and sometimes is playing himself playing somebody else (Chuckie from "Good Will Hunting II: Hunting Season").
"Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" is another one of those films where two guys go off to Hollywood to stop tinsel town from ruining their good reputations with a film. Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) have always played small but pivotal roles in Smith's films (e.g., the "Chasing Amy" speech in "Chasing Amy"), but this time they not only get to be ABOVE the title of the film, they get to be IN the title of the film. Now, I will readily admit that I have always been one of those who could take Jay and Silent Bob in small doses, which probably explains why my favorite bits in this film usually involve other characters. However, I will admit enjoying Jay's attempt to find a nonderogatory term for women.
I have the feeling that this film is the swan song for Jay and Silent Bob. I mean, now that they have achieved titular glory, how can they go back to being the two man Greek chorus of Smith's prolonged "New Jersey Trilogy." Besides, with the appearance of virtually everyone who every appeared in a View Askew production (always good to see Joey Lauren Adams whether she is playing Alyssa Jones or not), you get the feeling the entire film is setting up a "Revenge of the Jedi" curtain call. Maybe Kevin Smith is turning a giant corner and about to start a new chapter in his life. Hey, it could happen. But I really get the feeling we have seen the last of Banky, Brody and the rest of the boys. Besides, Silent Bob speaks TWICE in this one, surely one of the signs that the end of days is nigh.
Like most View Askew productions, "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" is rated R for nonstop crude and sexual humor, pervasive strong language, and drug content (Actually, I did not know that the MPAA could use a word like "nonstop" in its description of a film, but certainly the term applies to everything on their little list here). So just remember to go back over Smith's earlier films before you screen this one and save yourself a lot of headaches and avoid watching it with anyone who is going to demand you justify your enjoyment every other expletive out of Jay's mouth.
on September 9, 2002
a lot of cursing if your sensetive to that but the rest is so fuuny (especially the scooby doo part!) best line
Jay (rapping)- 30 bucks little man, put that sh** in my hand!
The fifth and final entry in Kevin Smith's New Jersey "trilogy", Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back finds the pot smoking duo (Jason Mewes and Smith respectively)on a cross country trip to Hollywood to stop a movie about their likenesses Bluntman & Chronic from being made. On their way they encounter a group of sexy jewel thieves (Shannon Elizabeth, Eliza Dushku, Ali Larter, and Smith's real life wife whose name I forget), while outrunning dimwitted wildlife conservationist Will Ferrell. The dialogue is far beyond vulgar, and its downright hilarious, and its a fitting send off of Smith's series. Disc 2 is loaded with special features, and they are great (especially the deleted scenes). Kevin Smith film regulars Ben Affleck and Jason Lee also star, as do Clerks stars Jeff Anderson and Brian 'O Halloran, and an ensemble cast of cameo appearences by Jason Biggs, James Van der Beek, Mark Hamil, Carrie Fisher, Matt Damon, Gus Van Sant, Wes Craven, Shannon Doherty, Chris Rock, Tracey Morgan, George Carlin, Seann William Scott, and Judd Nelson. Strongly recommended to anyone with a crude sense of humor.
on May 7, 2002
I had been looking forward to this "New Jersey Trilogy" finale for a long time and I am happy to say that it was well worth the wait. Not only was this movie the funniest of all 5 of Smith's films, it was one of the funniest I have seen in a very long time. I'll be the first one to admit that (especially compared to its predecessors) the plot and main storyline are pretty thin, but it doesn't take long to realize that that is kinda the point. Its pretty obvious that after the first 4 films in the "trilogy", Smith finally had the freedom to do whatever he wanted when making this movie, and takes full advantage of it. Jason Mewes is at his best as the "in your face" Jay and his comments are made that much funnier when you are looking at Silent Bob's facial expressions & body language whenever Jay goes on one of his rants. I was a bit disappointed that Dante & Randall had such small parts, but at the same time, I can't imagine this movie being any funnier. And any movie with even a brief appearance by George Carlin is worth watching. George is the king of comedy, and his short part is one of the most hilarious parts of this movie.
One thing needs to be understood by people interested in this film (and really all of Smith's films). Kevin Smith makes his movies for the movie fan, because that is what he is. If you aren't the type of person who can watch the same flick over and over again, recite your favorite quotes, remember actors & actresses; there is a lot in this film (and other Smith films) that will go right over your head. As one reviewer put it, Smith writes his dialogue in a way that lets us movie buffs feel like we are "in the know", and this is usually alienating for the viewer who could care less about any of that stuff. So if you are wondering why the customer reviews for this movie tend to be extreme (a lot of 5 & 1 star ratings), there is your answer.
on January 31, 2016
These two wild and crazy guys are so totally underrated, This is a beautiful follow-up to their other off the wall, funny movies that they have made. I consider Jay the funnest white dude on Earth since John Belushi..... really///... so off the wall funny. Also, Silent Bob maintains his perfect character with the Charlie Chaplin routines (but does break the silence at perfect times), Great silent actions,,,,... so cool.
And Chris Rock's work is unreal.... Silent Bob acknowledged that his performance was totally and absolutely unscripted (as the Director, Bob was smart enough to just turn Chris loose and let him go), just spur of the moment off the wall banter. Toooooooo Funnnny . Ride on Rock, no you are Da Man.
Also the great cameos by Ben Affleck and Matt Damom are fantastic .So spoof... and crazy. And as a bonus....there are so many well known actors they are too many to mention.
on October 3, 2002
Who'd have anticipated it? I grew up never needing to be told "just say no to drugs". I always focused on serious subjects when contemplating what movies I'd make given a chance. And now I find myself in a world where the most innocent cinematic diversion are often silly farces about potheads. The riotous hoot "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" is a prime example. I wasn't sure about it all the way through. Ali Larter was recently one of my favorite actresses. At least she doesn't take such a disastrous fall herein as Kirsten Dunst did in "The Virgin Suicides". Refreshingly, Ali's character Chrissie admits to being a "bad girl cliche". She gave me pause by repreating a frequent movie assertion (hopefully strictly an urban legend) about what girls don't do. But she gives a new twist, belying the claim at a point where she nearly dooms herself and co-consrirators thereby. Hence one could make a rhyme about her role: "Ali Larter plays the ......" All in all, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" is one of the most surprising bits of comic relief I've seen lately.
on November 8, 2015
Jay and Silent Bob rock the house with Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back....this film rocks big time. The chemistry between Jay and Silent Bob is excellent . They play off of each other so well that I am very surprised that they are not in more movies together. This is a comic geek's film with so many laughs in it that I literally split my sides laughing. The title characters are on a revenge road trip to stop a movie about them from being made and on the way they encounter even more bizarre characters even more bizarre than themselves if that's possible.This a Kevin Smith Universe film about characters created by Kevin Smith ( Silent Bob) himself.The acting is just as excellent as the humor running through every minute of the film. Watch this film once and it will not be enough. I highly recommend this film for its raw humor and laughs, you will not be disappointed.
on September 6, 2015
This is one of my favorite movies. I love all Kevin Smith movies and this one is no different. It is hilarious and follows Jay and Silent Bob on a mission to stop the Bluntman and Chronic movie from being made. If you haven't seen this or any of his other movies (clerks, mallrats, clerks 2....) do yourself a favor and buy them and watch them. I say buy because they have tons of rewatch value I have seen them all many times and it never gets old.
on September 25, 2015
Jay and Silent Bob turn up again....fun, raunchy as usual...with some very, very funny bits. Surprise Guests Galore!!!! Affleck. American Pie people sprinkled in. The hottest chick gang on the planet. Mooby's is back. Even the origin of how Jay and Silent Bob met as tots (and when you see their mothers, you'll howl. Nature or nurture? Both here) As always, if you don't like their sly and raunchy humor...you'll be disgusted and look down on me for your superior tastes or moral outrage. Please Mother Sister Theresa...will I go to hell for watching Jay and Silent Bob? Or did "Dogman" already condemn me?