Review of J&SBSB in the Boca Raton News


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Posted by LeonardoLeonardo at fl-wbu1-c3-192-120.pbc.adelphia.net on August 07, 2001 at 02:02:51:

Here's an advanced copy of my review for the Boca Raton News. It's already been copywritten, so don't think about it. Cheers.

-Jonathan
jdstern@brandeis.edu

They’ve been standing outside Quick Stop since 1994, peddling smoke and becoming icons for the misnomer “slacker generation.” Now 2001, Kevin Smith, the director of film festival darling Clerks, is back with his final chapter in the self-dubbed New Jersey Chronicles. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is crude, offensive, and morally repugnant….of course it’s also funny as hell.
Steering away from the character driven drama of Chasing Amy or the religious soapbox of Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back follow the misadventures of the hetero life-mates as they try to stop the Bluntman and Chronic movie from getting made and cashing in on their likeness. Background knowledge of the ViewAskewniverse (named after Smith’s production company) is not a pre-requisite, but a lot of quality jokes will sail overhead and land five rows behind you. Go pick up a copy of Clerks at the very least. But, even if you don’t know what a Jay and Silent Bob is there is plenty of satire to go around.
Not much has changed since last we left our half-baked duo. Jay and Silent Bob stand outside Quick Stop in Leonardo, NJ, haranguing Dante and Randal (the original clerks from Clerks) like always. The urge to buy comics overwhelms then, so they head down to Brodie’s Secret Stash, whereupon they learn of a movie adaptation of the Bluntman and Chronic comic. Brodie Bruce, who first appeared in Mallrats (let me know when this starts to sound like an explanation of a comic book crossover), made a nice chunk of change as a late night talk show host (see Mallrats epilogue). Jay and Silent Bob are shocked. They’ve been supplementing their drug dealing income with royalties from the comic book. They figure that Holden McNeil from Chasing Amy and the co-creator of Bluntman and Chronic, is holding out on them. Holden explains that he gave Banky, his inker (who is in fact just a tracer)sole ownership of the comic and that he too isn’t seeing any money. Add insult to injury, Holden points out that people are bad mouthing the fictitious Jay and Silent Bob on an Internet bulletin board. In a deserving jab, Kevin Smith takes a stab at his biggest nemesis, namely the real bulletin board posters on his own Viewaskew.com website. While heading out to Hollywood, Jay and Silent Bob encounter three voluptuously latex wrapped jewel thieves, a demure Shannon Elizabeth, and Seann Scott Thomas as their tree hugging diversion.
From there we get Jay and Silent Bob and an Orangutan named Suzanne (see Mallrats epilogue….again). Will Ferrell pretty much plays Will Ferrell, except that he’s dressed as a Fish and Wildlife officer. So, two drug dealers and an ape are chased by a bumbling wildlife officer to LA.
Smith shifts his satire into fifth gear once Jay and lunchbox (Jay’s pet name for Bob) reach tinsel town. Fiction might be closer to fact in this warped vision of a Miramax lot (not even the film’s own studio is spared). Miramax must love the scene where Jay and Silent Bob arrive on the set where Good Will Hunting 2 is in production. Ben Affleck, already playing Holden, plays himself alongside Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season. Teen stars of the moment, James Van Der Beek and Jason Biggs do their part to tear down the Hollywood ego as they play themselves getting ready to play the film version of Bluntman and Chronic.
There a too many cameos to count…just let it be know that Chris Rock, George Carlin, Mark Hamill, and even Kevin Smith’s wife show up to do their part. It is an awe-inspiring thing when a cast of this magnitude is assembled…and becomes comic gold.
Smith may have written his last Jersey tale, but he went out with a bang. In the only laugh out loud comedy of the summer; Kevin Smith may yet have his moment in the opening weekend sun. From humble beginnings in a convenience store that he himself used to work at, to a major Hollywood movie that gives the middle finger to a major Hollywood movie, Smith may finally never have to write the words snootchie boochies again.





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