Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back... the review! (spoiler-free) Hollywood had it coming. "A Jay and Silent Bob movie? Feature length? Who'd pay to see that?" - Holden McNeil Release Date: August 24, 2001 Studio: Miramax Films Director: Kevin Smith Starring: Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Renée Humphrey, Ben Affleck, Jason Biggs, Shannon Elizabeth, Matt Damon, Shannen Doherty, Jason Lee, George Carlin, Joey Lauren Adams Plot Summary: Banky Edwards (Lee) sells out and produces a Bluntman & Chronic motion picture, starring 2 famous, young Hollywood actors playing the duo. When the real Jay (Mewes) & Silent Bob (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 premiere. Visit the official movie site here. Buy the movie! Comments? It's not coming out till next weekend, but thanks to a sneak preview I got to catch Jay and Silent Bob yesterday. What did I think? Essentially, it's one director's foray into complete and total self-indulgence... but never has self-indulgence been so completely hysterical. The tone can probably be described as just slightly more grounded in reality than Airplane or The Naked Gun. Massive weirdness ensues at just about every moment, and people mug the camera to within an inch of its life. Yes, we do see cameos from all the major characters from Smith's previous films, though they aren't excessive and they won't confuse people who haven't seen the previous flicks (philistines!). Still, it was great to see them again, especially the Clerks themselves (who get the best bits, I would have to say). Guest stars? The flick's loaded with them. My favorite would be Mark Hamill's cameo, but be alert since he's a bit hard to spot. But the best thing about the cameos is that, like in the best episodes of the Simpsons, these guest stars are mercilessly made fun of. You'll need at least a basic knowledge of modern movies to appreciate them all, but it's worth it (especially the repeated savaging of Miramax). Ben Affleck is the butt of numerous jokes... maybe one or two too many, but some of them are truly hilarious. Oh, there's lots of great movie parodies as well. I was extremely impressed with the Matrix parody... Smith didn't do the same shot everyone else did! Jay and Silent Bob? Well, they're Jay and Silent Bob at their best. Each one seems to constantly steal the scene from the other, which works great. Oh, and check out the camera work! Smith, the master of the non-mobile camera, has really stretched himself here, with lots of colorful movements, tight editing and decently done action sequences! I'm not even going to try to compare this flick to Smith's earlier works, since it's completely different in many ways. But suffice to say that I loved it, and I plan to be back in the theater opening night.