Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
***.9 BM
Starring: Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Ben Affleck, Chris Rock, Jason Lee, Shannon Elizabeth, Ali Larter, Eliza Dushku, Will Ferrell


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I'll miss the View Askewniverse.

For years now, I've been one of the dozens of goofballs that delighted in the haphazard shenanigans that go on in Kevin Smith's World O' Fun, from the 'spikey bits of dialogue' in Clerks and the rollicking funster hijinks of Mallrats to the relationship meandering of Chasing Amy and the metaphysical insanity of Dogma, all ostensibly set in the same world. The one constant that links these movies together is a couple of tools named Jay and Silent Bob, and it's fitting that they get one hilariously stupid movie to themselves before being cinematically shelved due to Smith's newfound "maturity" (an overrated concept, made all the more suspect because he named his child after The Joker's sidekick).

From the opening Loser Babies scene to the final groove-down with The Time, this movie delivers exactly what those familiar with the characters expect - lots of cussing, lots of nonsensical plot developments and lots of stupid, funny shit. Nothing makes sense, nothing is believable and the cameos just do not stop. Once again, it has the feel of a film that your film school buddy might cobble together after getting a bunch of his friends together to shoot stuff that all your friends find hilarious that might not appeal to everyone else. My only question is how this will play to those unfamiliar or unimpressed by any of Smith's previous work. Then again, I doubt anyone that isn't a Smith fan will be all that enthused about seeing a movie named after the prototypical Smith characters, so I would guess it's a moot point.

It's fun, it's laffs, it's dopey, it's impossible, it's absurd, it's completely fucked up and only very slightly underwhelming as a send-off to all these characters that Smith's created so far. I find myself getting a little misty-eyed at the thought that there won't be any more new adventures for these two tools to go on. *sniff* I guess we'll always have The Clit Commander.

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