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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Too fat for forty, but too informative to be ignored

Author: Steve Pulaski from United States
22 October 2011

Kevin Smith is one of the most prolific talkers in the film world today which is something I highly admire about him. I love when filmmakers don't try and get all pretentious by leaving many of their film secrets kept. Smith is such an open book, if you asked him how was his day it would eventually drift into a conversation about the first time he smoked weed or the first time he swore. He is one of the most professional conversation drifters I've ever seen.

What I love about him is mainly the fact that he can talk for literally hours. I reviewed his previous Q&A film An Evening With Kevin Smith which introduced me to his very long and powerful Q&A sessions where he visited different college and spoke to various students about his experiences. His insight it truly inspiring, and his presence gives me a sort of strength and urgency I've never felt in a person before. Seeing him makes my face light up, and listening to him speak is so insightful you might just have to extend your schedule to hear more.

The first twenty-five minutes of this three and a half hour special is Kevin Smith taking his shot at stand-up. He talks about how after he was kicked off of the Southwest Airlines flight in February 2010, him and his buddy Malcolm Ingram took a prom-bus with "broken promises and dignity on the floor." At the twenty-five minute mark, Smith realizes that stand-up is not his cup of tea and switches gears to a Q&A session where he takes the whole show to answer one person's question.

Smith discusses his non-View Askew films like Jersey Girl and Zack and Miri Make a Porno he seems hesitant and somewhat sad. Smith claims that he doesn't consider his first four films actually films rather than just long conversations. I think he's the kind of person who does something for a while, then tries to something totally different, and then gets criticized and unfairly compared to his previous works.

Take Jersey Girl for example - a very good, very cheery, very emotional romantic comedy complete with a great cast of Affleck, Biggs, and Carlin. It was the first Kevin Smith film with no reprising characters, no Jason Mewes, and no lengthy monologues about toilet humor. It barely broke even at the box office, and many came out with a sour taste in their mouth. It isn't a bad film, but what would the reaction be if the film came out under a different director as a debut? As for Zack and Miri Make a Porno, it was considered a flop and was a big embarrassment for Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier. Smith explains the reason for the failing was the iffy subject matter, the limited marketing (which ended the relationship between Smith and Harvey Weinstein but that's a whole different story), and a rather under-sold plot. Smith states that it was his mistake because instead of "going where the puck isn't" like Wayne Gretzsky's father said he went were the puck was.

I think Smith struggles to earn more than a cult following because you could see Zack and Miri was trying to bank off of Apatow's success. It was a fair film, but lacked everything Kevin Smith does well - dialog and believable characters. It was a third-rate Apatow flick with chuckle-inducing humor and very under-developed characters.

I will recommend Kevin Smith: Too Fat for 40 the same way I did An Evening With Kevin Smith. I'll recommend it to hardcore Smith fans or fans of lengthy and informative Q&A sessions. People who "like" Kevin Smith films will not get my reaction to it, and will likely be disinterested for the three and a half hours this film occupies. It was nothing but insightful for a big fan like myself, and gives fans a hint that his retirement after his next two films will not only cut off his amazing films but will also further mystify the character behind all those cute jokes.

Performed by: Kevin Smith. Directed by: Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Would You Be Scared of Bruce Willis?

Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY
30 May 2012

Kevin Smith: Too Fat for 40 (2010)

*** (out of 4)

It's starting to look like there are going to be more Q&A sessions from Kevin Smith than actual Kevin Smith movies but thankfully he's entertaining enough to where one can constantly listen to his stories. This one here was filmed on his 40th birthday and of course the title refers to him being too fat to fly on a plane. As is typical with these Q&A sessions, he answers questions from his fans and the first one asks what it was like directing Bruce Willis and this one question takes up the entire 110-minute running time. Other subjects covered include groceries being delivered, bear sex, ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO box office numbers, arrested in Canada and of course the troubles with Willis on the set of COP OUT. Your tolerance of this is of course going to depend on your feelings towards Smith. As a fan, I was highly entertained by the majority of what was discussed, although I will admit that at times it started to feel a bit too long. Still, getting to hear the stories about Bruce Willis were enough to make this worth sitting through because Smith's details are so good that you actually feel as if you were on set with them. It was really funny the way Smith built up the relationship and how he just became more and more terrified of the actor as time went along. It should go without saying but I'm sure Smith is exaggerating a tad bit to make the story funny but there's still no question that it works. It's funny to think that only one question gets asked throughout the entire time but Smith takes that one thing and manages to really run with it. Fans of his should really enjoy the film but others should probably stay clear.

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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Not good

Author: kidneyspatz
14 November 2011

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I like Kevin Smith and I've liked all his movies pretty much. So I thought this would be funny or at least insightful. Nope. Super boring and even worse - really self-indulgent. I don't mind some lowbrow humor but seriously a half hour on this one dump he took while high is too much. (And I am serious about that being in this DVD). Even that is not as bad as this super long rendition about watching a movie on the Gretzgy family, while high. He lets the audience know that now he likes to get high every morning, first thing. He goes on and on about how this movie was very touching and Wayne Gretzgy's dad was such a great dad - his son's biggest fan and first coach, and always there for him. And what was his take away? Not, hey, I'm a dad and maybe getting high every day is keeping me from being there for my kid in a way that Gretzgy's dad was there for him. Nope - it was that Gretzgy's dad told him to "be where the puck is going, not where it is". And that he needs to do that again with his movies. What a dick. This is definitely one of those things that made me think, "Here is another person where fame has gone to their head and really warped their sense of reality." So I would recommend you pass on this one.

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