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If you're not an admirer of Kevin Smith (the writer and director of Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Mallrats, etc.), it's unlikely that this book will turn you into one. Consisting of essays originally published in the British magazine Arena, the book presupposes an intense interest in, among other things, production minutiae surrounding the films Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Jersey Girl, Ben Affleck, Star Wars, comic books and Smith's bowel movements. Yes, Smith's bowel movements. While bodily function humor has been done well by other humorists (Monty Python, anyone?), in Smith's hands, it is nothing short of revolting. Who wants to know the "oily and fatty" effects that Smith's obesity pills have on his stool? Those who do might be interested in the author's musings on such topics as sex with his wife ("one hot-lit piece of ass who was giving me a boner like you wouldn't believe") or his preteen habits (he "used to get off on pissing in a cup"). To be fair, Smith peppers his writing with self-deprecating comments, and he divulges a few good gossipy tidbits, such as when he meets Reese Witherspoon and declares that she comes off as "faux-erudite as all hell, and condescending to boot." And when Smith isn't discussing bowel movements, sex or people he dislikes, he almost seems personable. (His description of his highly anticipated meeting with David Duchovny, "a really funny and well-versed guy who I instantly love," is almost warm). For some readers, however, such moments will not justify wading through these repetitive and self-indulgent ramblings.
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Smith, director of the indie hit movie Clerks as well as Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, gathers here more than two-dozen columns he has written for the Left-leaning British political-cultural magazine arena. These pieces, however, are to columns what most sweatpants are to dress slacks: far more casual and a lot dirtier. His rants and raves are all over the place: Britney Spears, masturbation, David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, lap dances, Spider-Man, the author's "morbid obesity," a nude painting of Smith's wife, and interviews with Ben Affleck and Tom Cruise, among others. Through the mess, we see Smith's appealing fidelity to his craft and to his family within an industry that tears at both. There are surprisingly candid insights into how a director prepares for a film, especially the delicate politics of casting. And, as shamelessly fawning as he is, Smith inspires wonderful conversation from Affleck and Cruise, both of whom seem to reflect genuine appreciation for Smith's work. Alan Moores
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Miramax; First Edition edition (April 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401359736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401359737
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JR Pinto on August 16, 2005
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OK, there are pros and cons to this book. Lets do the cons first. There is no new material in this book - it is a collection of articles that Smith had written for the Internet a number of years ago. The result is that most of the information is hopelessly out-of-date. The reader will not find any new gossip - just old gossip. Also, I don't know if any movie's production needs so much documentation - let alone Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. It is unlikely that this book will make it into the annals of Great Literature.

However, on the good side, Kevin Smith is a surprisingly good prose writer. I know from his movies that he can be funny and turn a good phrase through dialogue when he really wants to, but these essays show that, not only does he have the ability to be funny on the printed page, but that he is quite a skilled narrative writer as well - conjuring a scene with a few lines of economic, effective description. Even when describing what he does in the bathroom, Smith is a master of finding le mot juste.

Also - like the nonfiction works of William Goldman - this book provides a look inside Hollywood from a "regular guy's" perspective. Kevin Smith will always view himself as some jerk from New Jersey who got incredibly lucky and fell in with the beautiful people. I can certainly relate to his preference for living in the Garden State and his aversion to life in L.A. - having lived in both places. He is quite willing to dish the dirt like an old lady on Hollywood phonies such as Reese Witherspoon - whom he refers to as "Greasy Reese Witherspoon."

I don't think that this book is for everyone. As in his movies, Smith's basic flaw is his lack of confidence in himself as a writer.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Wes Kidd on July 10, 2005
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"Silent Bob Speaks" is a book that any Kevin Smith fan will appreciate. Like his movies, you have to "get" Keven Smith to appreciate "Silent Bob Speaks." Smith is the first to know that Silent Bob's humor doesn't speak to everyone, so he doesn't try to change his ways to appease the masses. Smith is happy conveying his special brand of humor uncensored for those who like it the way it comes out. I highly recommend "Silent Bob Speaks" to fans of Smith's movies. I also recommend "A Long Way Down" and "My Fractured Life."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Sawicki on January 9, 2007
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I bought this book for my husband who is a huge Kevin Smith fan. If you are a fan, you won't be disappointed. If you are easily offended by language, the occasional potty humor and thinking out of the main stream its probably not the book for you. He is a brilliant writer who can write about everything from being obese to meeting Tom Cruise. It's a good (and quick) read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GameraRocks on October 2, 2007
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Kevin Smith proves himself as a very good writer once again with this collection of his blogs. There is a lot of behind the scenes information given as well as his likes and dislikes when it comes to movies and celebrities. The stories range from funny to serious, but all keep the interest of the reader the entire time. If you are a fan of the "Evening with Kevin Smith" DVD series, this is basically the same kind of thing but in book form. The stories are different than on the DVDs, so I didn't mean that the same stories are told that you have heard a thousand times.

So basically, if you are a fan of Smith, this book is a must have that you won't be able to put down. If you're not a fan, why bother with this in the first place? Fans will find enjoyment, but I doubt those Clerks haters will have their opinions changed. This is for the fans, and fans...I can't say it enough, you will like this book.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lulu Magoo VINE VOICE on March 29, 2005
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It's a quick read, primarily made up of articles that Kevin wrote for Arena magazine. Definitely worth the $10 Amazon's charging for it. The bit where Kevin interviews Tom Cruise is one of my favorites. Pretty funny stuff - caught my self laughing out loud at just about every story. Oh man, when Ben is telling Kevin's daughter that he's her real father.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chris on April 23, 2015
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Nice collection of writings from the always funny and crude Kevin Smith. Subjects range from his runs ins with various celebrities while trying to cast his projects(including the legendary Charlie Sheen), his hatred of Reese Witherspoon and how he almost egged her house( a drive by egging!), his battle with obesity, his relationship/infatuation with Ben Affleck and many more great stories. Hilarious rants, observations and thoughts from the genius writer and director of the films Dogma, Clerks and many others. Fun and easy read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ron R. on December 23, 2012
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This book had some good,funny stories. Kevin is a genius story teller and this book is a must have for any fan. Also check out his podcasts...Smodcast,Jay & Silent Bob Get Old and Hollywood Babble On
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By S. Hall on July 13, 2014
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I loved this book! Of course, I'm also a fan of his movies :) I pretty much like all of Smith's movies except "Jersey Girl" wasn't that great for me. Anyway, if you enjoy acerbic wit & hilarious stories (gossip, really, but he totally own up to it, lol!), I'd highly recommend! The book is mostly a collection of the articles he wrote for "Arena" magazine & many of them detail the making of a couple of his movies that were coming out around that time ("Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back" & "Jersey Girl"), which is pretty cool. Anyway, if you're a Smith fan, you'll definitely enjoy it & if you enjoy that kind of dark, dry, sarcastic humor (& don't mind the language - lots of F-Bombs, lol!), then you might like it too. Enjoy!
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