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Jay and Silent Bob strike back

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Movie propaganda

We're gonna need a bigger budget.

Banky Edwards (Jason Lee) sells out (just like he wanted to in Chasing Amy) and produces a Bluntman and Chronic motion picture, starring two famous, young Hollywood actors (James van der Beek as Chronic and Jason Biggs as Bluntman). When the real Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) catch wind of the film and the badmouthing of them on the internet, they head to New Jersey to sabotage the film's world première. Chances are the film will take place as Jay and Silent Bob head across the country from Hollywood, California to Red Bank, New Jersey.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film comedy Clerks sequel movie comic spoof

Persons of interest

  • Jason Mewes .... Jay
  • Kevin Smith .... Silent Bob
  • Jason Lee .... Banky Edwards, Brodie Bruce
  • James van der Beek .... Himself, Chronic
  • Jason Biggs .... Himself, Bluntman
  • Joey Lauren Adams .... Alyssa Jones, Gwen Turner
  • Ben Affleck .... Himself, Holden McNeil
  • Matt Damon .... Himself, Will Hunting
  • Jeff Anderson .... Randal Graves
  • Jules Asner .... Herself
  • George Carlin .... The Hitchhiker
  • Eliza Dushku .... The Jewel Thief
  • Shannon Elizabeth .... The Escaped Convict
  • Dwight Ewell .... Hooper X
  • Will Ferrell .... Marshal Wilenholly
  • Mark Hamill .... Himself
  • Renée Humphrey .... Trisha "The Dish" Jones
  • Steve Kmetko .... Himself
  • Scott Mosier .... Willam Black
  • Judd Nelson .... Keyser Soze
  • Brian O'Halloran .... Dante Hicks
  • Joe Quesada .... Himself
  • Chris Revier .... Rick Derris
  • Ethan Suplee .... Willam Black
  • Kevin Smith .... Screenwriter
  • Kevin Smith .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Return of the reefer.

Despite the best efforts of global warming, Sydney's cab drivers and a bitch in a short dress, I managed to make the 12-minute drive to the theatrette where the preview of Jay and silent Bob strike back was showing in just under half an hour. That means that I missed the first 15 minutes of the film; whether that was a curse of a blessing I will never know.

There's a joke that goes, "Why is work like a joint?" The answer is, "The harder you suck, the higher you get". I will paraphrase that with, "Why is work like Jay and Silent Bob strike back?" "The higher you get, the less it sucks". There are plenty of gags, in-jokes and cameos but most of the film is reserved for people whose perception has been altered by the aforementioned joint. If you're clean and sober you'll find that the humour starts at infantile and goes downhill. There is none of the wryly bitter observation that marked Clerks and even less of the existential angst that filled Chasing Amy. Jay and Bob is a return to the stilted, low-brow and insecure style that made Mallrats such a flop.

The attraction of the eponymous leads has always been that they are on the outside looking in. That gives them an air of mystery and a depth of character. Spending a whole film on the inside looking out destroys any misunderstanding about mystery and depth because the two youths have none. They are just a couple of stoners with more cash than intelligence. Silent Bob's aphorisms are reduced to frustrated outbursts while Jay's verbosity is merely babble.

The babes who fill the film are eye candy for the audience as much as for the characters and, I suspect, the director. Superchicks who fall in love with ugly geeks (or worse: fat, ugly, old guys) are a Hollywood cliché that has nothing to do with storytelling and everything to do with making ugly guys feel like they might one day have a superchick begging for their services. Guys, it ain't gonna happen unless you're so rich that you can buy a woman and give her cosmetic surgery.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Surround 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Disc: Single side, single layer
  • Special Features:
    • Disc 1:
      • Feature
      • Commentary: Kevin Smith, Scott Mosier (Producer), Jason Mewes
    • Disc 2:
      • Filmographies: Cast, Crew
      • Deleted scenes: Introductions by Kevin Smith and guests
      • Featurettes:
        • Behind-the-scenes
        • Comedy Central's Reel comedy: Jay and Silent Bob strike back
        • The secret stash with Intro
      • Gag reel with Introduction
      • Galleries: Stills
      • Guide to Morris Day and the Time (Still Frames)
      • Music videos:
        • I got high by Afroman
        • Kick some ass by Stroke 9
        • Learnin the moves by Morris Day and the Time
      • Storyboards
      • Trailers: Internet with Intro, TV Spots
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen 2.35:1
  • Subtitles: English, English captions

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Sexual references, Medium level course language)

Surveillance time

104 minutes (1:44 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 24 January 2002
DVD rental: 26 June 2002
VHS rental: 26 June 2002
DVD retail: 23 October 2002
VHS retail: 23 October 2002
DVD retail: 2 August 2006

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