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ďJay and Silent Bob Strike BackĒ-{Blu-ray}
Reviewer:
Taylor Carlson
Studio: Buena Vista
Genre:
Comedy
Release Date:
11/17/09
Special Features:

Commentary

Review:

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is directed by Kevin Smith. The film stars Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, and features cameo appearances from Carrie, Fisher, Will Ferrell, Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, George Carlin, Seann William Scott, Jon Stewart, Mark Hamill, Chris Rock, Jamie Kennedy, Wes Craven, Gus Van Sant, Morris Day and Judd Nelson. ***

After being supporting characters for years in Kevin Smithís View Askewniverse films, Jay and Silent Bob finally get their own movie. This time around, the two stoner buddies discover that a movie is being made about them (technically about a comic book based on them), so they set out on a journey to Hollywood to stop it from being made. Along the way, the rude and vulgar Jay finds himself falling in love with a beautiful woman who isnít all that she seems. But will they be able to stop the movie from getting made? ***

This movie makes no expense in referencing itself throughout. One comment the characters read in the film is that the characters based on Jay and Silent Bob ďwork best in supporting roles and in small doses.Ē Okay, I probably didnít quote that verbatim, but it DOES sum up my biggest problem with this movie. ***

The thing I like best about Kevin Smith films is that, through a shroud of ribald and offensive humor (and at times even throwing the supernatural into things), he manages to paint a picture of everyday life that hits close to home. Sadly, this movie throws that out the window and is, essentially, a big-budget production that prides itself on slapstick and potty humor, with the occasional celebrity cameo on the side. To put it simply, as much as I like the title twosome, they canít carry a movie on their own. Smith tries to hide this with the straight-up audacity of his style of humor and the cameos, but at the end of the day this is all just smoke and mirrors. ***

Another complaint I have about the film is that it is far too self-referential. Smith tries to work in references to all of his earlier View Askewniverse films here. People who havenít seen his earlier movies arenít going to know who these characters are, what past events they are talking about, or how they know the title twosome. Can you still enjoy the movie if you havenít seen any other Kevin Smith movies? Absolutely, but youíre going to be missing something in the long run. ***

Believe it or not, despite my rant, I DID enjoy this film. It has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, even if the material itself is fairly weak. But somehow, parts of it work. Itís far from Kevin Smithís best work, but itís nowhere near as bad as something like Mallrats, his dismal sophomore effort. This isnít a bad movie, but it is die-hard Kevin Smith fans who are going to get the most out of it. ---

Image And Sound:

This is the exact same disc that came out back in 2006, so donít be expecting a new transfer or anything like that. The image is a bit soft throughout the movie, though it is in all ways a step up from the DVD counterpart Ė just donít come in expecting reference quality. The lossless audio track fares similarly Ė an average affair throughout, though a few occasions in the movie will give your speakers some much-needed attention. ***

Special Features:

Why were all the special features from the DVD removed from this release? The only thing left is Smithís commentary. Itís a fun listen, but doesnít make up for the omission of so many other features. A new ďmaking ofĒ feature exists on the film, but it can be found on (of all things) the CLERKS Blu-Ray.

Final Words:

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is not a great film, by any means, but it does have plenty of laughs. Kevin Smith fans will enjoy it, though (which I happen to be one of.) The lack of supplements on this disc is a disappointment, though, so hold onto your DVD copy for the extras.

 

 
 
 
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