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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611760615
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611760613
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,108,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kevin Smith is nicer than he lets on, thinner than he thinks, and smarter than almost anyone in the room. He has today’s world - and tomorrow’s – running for cover."
(Mitch Albom )

“I suspect @ThatKevinSmith is what all gods and demons aspire to be.”
(Neil Gaiman via Twitter )

“Kevin Smith is a force of nature: He makes movies, he writes books and stuff, he talks and then he talks some more. Maybe he’s less of a force of nature and more of a spreading cloud of secondhand weed smoke that is slowly infiltrating every medium available to us. Kevin Smith is the haze that binds us all.”
(Marc Maron )

“I certainly would never read anything written by Kevin Smith.”
(Tim Burton ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

A writer, comedian, film producer, and director, Kevin Smith produced the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting; wrote and directed numerous successful films, including Clerks, Chasing Amy, and Jersey Girl; authored Silent Bob Speaks, Shootin’ the Sh*t with Kevin Smith, and the New York Times bestseller My Boring-Ass Life; and cohosts SModcast on SiriusXM radio. He lives in Los Angeles. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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He is a very very good story teller.
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Alot of life leassons from just another regular guy even in his fame makes you feel like a buddy of yours telling you storys.
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I've enjoyed every minute I've spent reading this book so far, and I can't wait to finish it.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Don Snyder on April 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
One of my favorite lines in the book isn't from the author at all -- it's from his sister. When Kevin told his sister he wanted to be a Director, she told him "then be a Director." Kevin agreed and said he was going to study and take classes, etc. She interrupted him and said "No, just BE a Director." And from that day on he thought as a Director and saw the world as a Director and wrote as a Director. It's a great lesson: don't "wait" to be something or "plan" to be something -- just BE something.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Joe Barlow on April 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The infuriating thing about Kevin Smith is his determination to hide his intelligence and sensitivity behind a cloud of vulgar profanity and fart jokes. CLERKS and CHASING AMY were the films that prompted me to start writing screenplays and making my own short movies, and for years I held him up as an indie role model, although I lost a bit of faith when Smith squelched his unique voice and began churning out mainstream-ish comedies like COP OUT and ZACK & MIRI. Smith feels my pain -- he's apparently upset with himself, too. But in this new quasi-autobiography, Smith writes with great pinnace about his life, his creative output, his family, and his role models. The result is an absolutely charming book, bordering on inspirational. Smith is often hilarious, but he occasionally delves a bit too far into the gutter for my tastes. (I read far more about his attraction to his wife's a**hole than I ever wanted to know, for instance.) But I couldn't put this book down, and I am pleased to announce that my faith has been restored. Well-played, sir. Well-played.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catfur on August 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
I just listened to Tough Sh-- by Kevin Smith on CDs...Smith narrates his own book and has a machine-gun like delivery - his fusilade choking with pop culture references. And this guy has "no filters" so he offers some interesting insider talk about life under The Weinsteins at Mirimax. He spills about how they (the real artistic rebels at Mirimax) begrudgingly took loads of money from the evil Disney Philistines while despising them at the same time. And eventually he came to despise his mentor Harvey "The Sell-Out" Weinstein too (...just as apparently 99.9% of everyone who meets him does.)

He has some great bits on what it was like to work with his "hero", the seemingly cool, Bruce Willis (Spoiler Alert: BW may be the biggest a--hole in all of Hollywood)...and George Carlin (different from his onstage persona...but in a good way) ...how much money you can make podcasting (so how come Maron is poor?)...and what its like to be booted off a Southwest flight because he was "too fat"...???...Hear him out on this...this story will enrage most people.

Smith is at times pretty likeable...at times fairly annoying...such as:

Caveat...the real downside/unnecessary part of this book is he gives WAAAAAAYYYY too much raunchy information on his sex-life. He's like a 17 year old ...again,with no filters. ( what normal male adult talks about his mother like he does...on stage/in books/on CDs??) I almost dumped it after the first 15 minutes...(And I'm pretty hard to gross out)...but it got better...until...

Unless you're in prison, you can probably skip the last CD...#5...where he spends several chapters describing in excited-juvenile detail his awkward seduction techniques on his now current wife. Explaining (aka cloaked bragging?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Gallen on July 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Tough Sh*t is an extremely funny look back by Kevin Smith over his early life, films, and podcasts. He brings his trademark crude humor and sarcasm and applies them to himself, all the while giving some great insights into his career. Tough Sh*t succeeds as both humor book and autobiography.

Smith formats the book as essentially a self-help manual for slackers, explaining how he went from a Quick Stop clerk to a famous director / writer, all the while acknowledging his mistakes along the way. What makes the book so compelling is that Smith is careful to share the credit for his achievements, even with people he has since fallen out with. At the same time, he draws hilarious, if not necessarily flattering, portraits of Hollywood figures such as Harvey Weinstein and Bruce Willis.

The only real flaw in the book is that Smith tends to go off on tangents, such as a five page long gushfest over Wayne Gretsky. Similarly, he devotes three chapters to the making of Red State, while giving only passing attention to his relationships with Scott Mosier, Ralph Garman, and other podcast collaborators. As someone who became interested in Smith through his podcasts, I would have liked more detail about them.

Still, this is a great, funny book that will have you laughing out loud.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bloated Boy on September 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
...if you're not familiar with Kevin Smith. For the rest of us that listen to his podcasts, there's really nothing new here. Smith is notorious for revealing EVERY detail in his life, leaving an autobiography like this almost redundant. That said, his observations are free from pretense and entertaining. He clearly knows his place in the Hollywood star system, and makes no bones about it. His candor is refreshing.
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Although I'm not a movie buff, I've always had a soft spot for Kevin Smith. We're close to the same age and we grew up a couple of towns apart in Monmouth County, New Jersey. I had a friend in Leonardo back in the day and stopped for cigarettes many times at the Quick Stop, which was made famous in Kevin's first film "Clerks"--for all I know Kevin was behind the counter a time or two when I was there. I went to see "Clerks" with my friend from Leonardo, and it was surreal to see so many familiar places even as we were both laughing our butts off at the movie. Since then I've seen most of Kevin's films and have seen one of his live shows (only Robin Williams has made me laugh harder at a live show). What I enjoy most about Kevin, however, is his writing. I skipped his first book because it was just reprinted from his blog, which I read, but when "Tough Sh*t" was released I knew I had to check it out.

Disguised as a semi-self-help book, Kevin writes in his usual forthright, wildly profane and hilarious style about how a fat kid from the suburbs of central Jersey became ... well, Kevin Smith. Some of it was luck, mainly his collaboration with Harvey Weinstein, who bought "Clerks" and bankrolled many of Kevin's future films, but most of it was Kevin's sheer determination to do things his way. For example, Weinstein offered Kevin $3 million to make "Chasing Amy"--but only if David Schwimmer, Drew Barrymore and Jon Stewart played the leads. Kevin's response? "Give me $200,000 and let me have Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams and Jason Lee. If you like it, it's yours, if you don't let me take it to another distributor." Kevin got his way, and "Chasing Amy" became a hit.
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