It was going to happen eventually. There was no point in hiding the fact that there was going to be a film all about Jay and Silent Bob. Kevin Smith has always been shocked to hear that the most popular characters he has ever created are the two stoners who hang outside of the QuickStop food mart. Nevertheless, he gave the fans what they wanted when he made Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
It seems that Jay and Silent Bob’s lives can’t get any worse when Dante and Randal finally slap them with a restraining order to stay away from QuickStop. They find refuge at the local comic book store run by Brodie (Jason Lee), who tells them that the Bluntman and Chronic characters are getting their own movie. Jay and Silent Bob are infuriated when they hear this since they never got any money from Miramax for their likenesses. They then decide to head to Hollywood to stop Banky (Jason Lee again) and Holden (Ben Affleck) from making the movie. Complications arise, however, when they get mixed up with jewel thieves and an orangutan, all while being chased by Federal Wildlife Marshall Willenholly (Will Ferrell).
Newcomers to the View Askewniverse, beware! This film is Kevin Smith’s giant inside joke to all of the fans of his previous movies. Many of the jokes are references pulled directly from all of his films from Clerks to Dogma. For the viewers who have seen these films, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is going to be a film that will give you a great amount of entertainment, but is probably Smith’s least strongest in the Askewniverse series.
As a person who is really interested in the world the Kevin Smith has created with his motley of characters, it was really rewarding to be able to see most of them in the same movie together. This is the film that really ties all of the other ones together. It almost added to the humor that Jason Lee plays both Brodie and Banky in the same movie, but it didn’t detract from the movie watching experience since I can easily discern between these two very different characters.
There were more funny and talented people in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back than you can really imagine. George Carlin has a great bit as a naughty hitch hiker willing to do anything for a ride and Chris Rock made me laugh considerably as his overly racist director of the Bluntman and Chronic movie. Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill even have cameos in this movie, making this the first movie they appeared in together since Return of the Jedi.
As funny as all of these actors are in this movie, having so many of them in there made it difficult to concentrate on one main plot. The movie starts to become almost a sketch film of sorts with Jay and Silent Bob running into the strangest of people on their cross country trip. I began caring less and less about Bluntman and Chronic and more about what the next silly thing is that’s going to happen next. When the amount of stars and jokes begin to overshadow the plot of the movie, the movie is put in danger of becoming less and less interesting.
I also had a bit of an issue on the way the jokes resorted to something involving farts, sex, or falling over. Sure, it’s great to hear the foul mouthed Jay rant about his thoughts on women and seeing both Jay and Silent Bob get into crazy situations are fun to watch, but it gets a little old after a while. The movie went on for way too long and the witty dialogue that is relevant in most Kevin Smith movies is missing.
If you have seen the other films in the Askewniverse and don’t mind tossing your brain out the door for this often mindless comedy, than this is a movie worth seeing at least once. Jay and Silent Bob are great characters and I liked seeing them in the main role with the leads from the other films taking a back seat. It’s also interesting to see how Smith’s universe ties so intricately together. It’s certainly not Smith’s best movie, but it’s an ok film if you’re a Kevin Smith fan.