111 of 134 people found the following review helpful
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
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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.
27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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!
23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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.
27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Kevin Smith's `Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back' strikes me as being the closest Smith has come to doing a movie in the style of Woody Allen. Like Allen in many of his films, he uses the same basic character, in this case, the Jay and Silent Bob duo, in situations which parody some other major movie genre. The target in this film is both Star Wars and movies based on comic books.
The story is very much a continuation of the background situation in `Chasing Amy' where Ben Affleck and Jason Lee play two cartoonists who create a comic `dynamic duo', Bluntman and Chronic, based on Jay and Silent Bob and their exploits in the movies `Clerks', `Dogma', `Mallrats', and `Chasing Amy'. Many stock Smith characters and actors from these movies appears in this film, including Matt Damon appearing as himself, Jason Lee appearing as both the cartoonist and the owner of a local comics store who clues Jay and Silent Bob into the fact that Mirimax is making a movie based on the Bluntman and Chronic characters. Affleck also appears in two roles as cartoonist and himself, in a scene out of `Good Will Hunting' which he plays with Damon, with Gus Van Sant playing himself as director of same. Chris Rock from `Dogma' plays the director of the `Bluntman and Chronic' movie. Two `Star Wars' veterans, Mark Hamil and Carrie Fisher appear in brief roles to beef up the `Star Wars' theme. Even Alanis Morrisette appears briefly as God, based on her role in `Dogma'. About a half dozen other Smith chronies also appear here and there in cameos.
Before you write this off as a quirky exploitation of earlier Smith material plus a generous amount of larceny involving both George Lucas and Stan Lee material, just think about how many times you laughed at the latest toney romantic comedy like `Laws of Attraction' and `Irreconcilable Differences'. If much of the humor in this movie is `cheap', at least it's funny. Some of the other cameos are funny just by their showing up. Casting Jon Stewart as a news reporter is worth a chuckle just by the sheer obviousness of the casting. Will Farrell, of course, does a terrific job as a clueless wildlife marshal and Dietrich Bader does a good job playing the role of the keystone cops as the leader of the security forces at the mythical Miramax studios. As Smith points out in the commentary track, Miramax does not have a studio.
Running gags abound. The interaction between Jay and Silent Bob is one long gag. The only problem with that is that Silent Bob breaks silence twice, which may be once too often. This worked better in `Dogma' where he also spoke only twice, but with only two or three words each time. Smith copies Woody in having at least three sly bits of business where the cast looks knowingly at the audience, generally with the intention of wondering why we the audience are so dim as to be watching this very silly movie.
But that's the point. This is an intelligently silly movie, very much in the spirit of the Marx Brothers and Woody Allen of `Take the Money and Run' and `Sleeper', but not so dumbly silly as the three stooges or `Dumb and Dumber' or `Rolling Kansas'. It appeals to people who are `in the know' in much the same way as James Joyce's `Ulysses' or William Faulkner's `The Sound and the Fury' quote Homer and Shakespeare respectively. This makes the movie eminently watchable a second and third time, even before you get to the excellent Kevin Smith extras.
I think Smith does a better job than just about anyone else in providing good extras and good full-length movie commentary. This one is done with his constant partners in crime, producer Scott Moser and Jason Mewes.
This movie shares with all of Smith's movies a superficial vulgarity overlaid on a depth of sight, casting, and verbal gags that I challenge you to catch all on the first viewing. I would sooner own this DVD than just about any other comedy done by anyone other than Smith or the Woodman himself.
29 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2003
I'm really tweaked that so far nobody's successfully invented a prude-o-phone. You know, that little device that will fit into your ear like a hearing aid but which filters out all the expletives in movies and TV so that you can enjoy them in ignorant bliss? That kind of thing would really come in handy for the morally conflicted viewers like me when watching Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.This film was a huge source of guilty pleasure despite my offended ears. Not since South Park the Movie have I snorted and chortled so much at a cheap budget flick (or any kind of flick).
The plot is purposefully so thin as to be lucicrous: Jay and Silent Bob, two drug dealers with minor roles in other Kevin Smith movies, hear that a movie is being filmed that is exploiting characters based on their real-life personae. The hapless duo find out that not only have they been cut entirely out of the deal financially, but that internet weenies all over the country are bad-mouthing them (as internet weenies are prone to do). More than anything else, this is what enrages J&SB to take action, embarking on a journey to Hollywood to stop the film. They must defend their reputation with the ladies, after all!
The best moments of this movie, though are:
1. The way J&SB's journey takes them to all the major movie characters they've dealt with before, tying up a few loose ends and showing "where are they now" in tongue-in-cheek cameos.
2. The running joke involving abuse constantly being hurled at Miramax from every direction.
3. The fantasy "sequel" to Good Will Hunting's famous "how d'you like them apples" bar scene.
4. Ben Affleck taking obvious pot shots at stupid things fans say in reference to his character(s) in past Kevin Smith films
5. Instant classic one-liners too raunchy to repeat here
If only Jason Mews (Jay) could refrain from the F word every other phrase I might be able to proudly display my J&SB with the rest of my DVD collection. As it is, this mom of two boys can't set a decent example and have her comedy, too. So until that explevator is invented I'll just have to get my fix of Kevin Smith the old-fashioned way; sneaking, cringing and laughing in the dark.
-Andrea, aka Merribelle
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2002
Since Kevin Smith started his little ficticious world (now known fondly to those who know it as the View Askewniverse) with the guerrilla-style low-budget black and white movie Clerks in 1994 (an excellent buy, by the way) he has developed a core audience that has stuck with him through the good, the bad, and the ugly. Now, with his latest movie, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Smith pays an homage to these fans.
The movie in itself is nothing but a big in-joke that you probably won't understand if you haven't seen his previous releases (except probably for Dogma, which is rarely referenced to), but a hilarious in-joke it is. Jay and Silent Bob's swan song, giving the View Askewniverse the closure it deserves, with msot of the main characters from the Jersey Trilogy showing up.
The DVD is amazing. Great video transfer, amazing enourmous sound, really amusing deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes and music videos. Hilarious commentary with Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier and the ol' trailers to all of Kev's Miramax movies. The perfect DVD in my humble opinion.
Buy it. It's worth it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Given Jay and Silent Bob, one can bet that seriousness is the last word to describe this movie. It veers more on the silly Mallrats side. After hearing that not only is a movie based on Bluntman and Chronic is being made about them, but with negative profanity-laced Internet reviews, our two heroes decide to go to Hollywood and stop the movie in order to prevent people from talking smack about them.
How to categorize this movie? A buddy movie? A road movie? Guy meets girl movie? Chase movie? Two men and a bab-- I mean ape movie? It's all of these rolled into one fattie of silliness.
This movie is rife with Kevin Smith's usual pop culture references, especially Star Wars--the opening title, guest appearances by Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, with an obvious parody involving the latter. That alone is worth watching the movie. Other references-- a funny one involving Scooby Doo, Planet Of The Apes, Purple Rain, E.T., The Fugitive, American Pie, Scream, 80's music videos with babes, the Internet, and caper movies.
The scene at the Moobie fast food place has its bright moments. After posting a heavily profane reply to a movie website, Jay tells Silent Bob: "Keep our eyes on the prize and let nothing distract us." Enter Justice in 80's hard rock video slo-mo for hot girls, with waving long hair, and Bon Jovi's "Bad Medicine" starts on cue. Jay is totally smitten with her and there's a funny switch from his fantasy to reality. And hey, Justice looks great even with glasses. In fact, her line to her girlfriends, "We all gotta grow up sometime," is the main reason why Smith may have decided to end the Jay and Silent Bob movies. And what better way than to have them as stars instead of being peripheral characters in Clerks, etc.? Besides, the relationship between the duo becomes kind of strained, due to Jay's lack of common sense, not to mention math skills, and his constant bashing of Bob is more vicious than playful name-calling. And Bob seems more aggravated of his partner--see him rip into Jay RE "Critters of Hollywood."
Another beaut: Holden asks the duo "Who'd pay to see Jay and Silent Bob?" All three then look at... yes, us!
Oh yes, lest I forget, Justice and her three girlfriends are ostensibly (key word here) out to liberate animals from a testing lab. Jay and Bob rescue Suzanne, a smart (smarter than Jay, anyway) orangutang. She does make a brief appearance during the end credits of Mallrats if you remember.
This is also a reunion of actors and/or characters from previous Kevin Smith movies, as well as guest cameos. Jason Lee plays both Brody (Mallrats) and Banky (Chasing Amy), while Ben Affleck plays Holden McNeil (Chasing Amy) and himself. Yes, there is a scene with Dante and Randal (Clerks), but Randal comes off better than Dante. Chris Rock, George Carlin, Shannen Doherty, and other View Askew alumni appear as different characters.
Shannon Elizabeth shines as Justice, a girl who's not only stunningly beautiful but decent to boot. Honors also to Eliza Dushku as the leader of Justice's gang. As for Animal Wildlife deputy Willenholly (played by Will Ferrell), it's a tossup between who's more mentally challenged--him or Jay. His scenes don't exactly illuminate the movie, and he's more of an annoyance here.
Not exactly the way I would have planned the finale of the View Askew series, but oh well. Randal and Alyssa put it best: It wasn't as good as Clash of the Titans, but at least it's better than Mallrats.