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Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

R | | Comedy | 24 August 2001 (USA)
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The comic "Bluntman and Chronic" is based on real-life stoners Jay and Silent Bob, so when they get no profit from a big-screen adaptation, they set out to wreck the movie.

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Kevin Smith

Writers:

Kevin Smith (characters), Kevin Smith
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Mewes ... Jay
Kevin Smith ... Silent Bob
Ben Affleck ... Holden McNeil / Ben Affleck
Jeff Anderson ... Randal Graves
Brian O'Halloran ... Dante Hicks (as Brian Christopher O'Halloran)
Shannon Elizabeth ... Justice
Eliza Dushku ... Sissy
Ali Larter ... Chrissy
Jennifer Schwalbach Smith ... Missy (as Jennifer Schwalbach)
Will Ferrell ... Federal Wildlife Marshal Willenholly
Jason Lee ... Brodie Bruce / Banky Edwards
Judd Nelson ... Sheriff
George Carlin ... Hitchhiker
Carrie Fisher ... Nun
Seann William Scott ... Brent
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Storyline

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is a tale of adventure on the open road. When Dante and Randal (of Clerks fame) get a restraining order to keep the punchy Jay and his hetero life-mate, Silent Bob, from selling drugs in front of the Quick Stop convenience store, their lives are suddenly empty. They find new purpose when their friend, Brodie, informs them a movie is being made featuring two infamous characters based on their likenesses. After visiting one of the creators of the Bluntman and Chronic, Holden McNeil, they set out to get what fat movie cash they deserve and hopefully put an end to people slandering them on the Internet. Along the way, they learn the rules of the road from a hitchhiking George Carlin, ride with a group of gorgeous jewel thieves, and incur the wrath of a hapless wildlife marshal for liberating an orangutan named Suzanne. The quest takes them from New Jersey to Hollywood where a showdown involving the police, the jewel thieves, and the Bluntman and Chronic ... Written by Lordship

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Taglines:

Scooping the Money! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for nonstop crude and sexual humor, pervasive strong language, and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

VA5 See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,018,543, 26 August 2001

Gross USA:

$30,085,147

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,788,161
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In an effort to drive up the box-office gross for his film, Kevin Smith gave away autographed mini-posters to all fans that sent in ticket stubs, indicating they went to see it on August 24, or 25, 2001. See more »

Goofs

In Brodie's Secret Stash, Brody stands facing Jay and Bob, but the same comic, "Cable", as well as those around it, is behind all of them. It is unlikely the exact layout on the racks would be duplicated so close to each other, and no copies could be seen as Brody was walking backwards, placing comics in the rack. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Silent Bob's Mother: Bobby Boy, stay here while mommy picks up the free cheese, kay? Here, this will keep the sun out of your eyes.
[puts a baseball cap on his head backwards]
Silent Bob's Mother: You be good, now.
[walks in store, then Jay and his Mom arrive]
Jay's Mother: Alright, don't you fuckin' move you little shit machine. Your Momma's going to try to score.
Passerby: What the hell? 'Scuse me. Who's watching these babies?
Jay's Mother: Uh... the fat one's watchin the little one?
Passerby: Oh yeah, nice parenting. Leave 'em out here like that and see what happens.
Jay's Mother: ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Instead of "Jay and Silent Bob Will Return In...", it now reads, "Jay and Silent Bob have left the building." Then there is a clip of Jay saying "Snoogans" which, he explained to Shannon Elizabeth, means "Just kidding". See more »

Alternate Versions

Viewers of the R1 DVD version who choose the French language option see a different version of the opening credits, with French text substituted, though the title of the film remains in English. See more »

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Spoofs Batman (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Mooby Theme Song
Written by Kevin Smith (as Kevin P. Smith) and Howard Shore
Used by permission of Miramax Film Music, admin. by Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI), MRX Music admin. by Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP),
Snoogans Music Inc. (ASCAP) & South Fifth Avenue Publishing (ASCAP)
Used courtesy of Miramax Film Corp.
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Stupid, but very funny with only a slight sag in the middle
4 December 2001 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Stoners Jay and Bob spend their time selling drugs in front of a grocery store and hanging out. When they are introduced to the world of the internet they discover that a film version is being made of the comic book that they were the inspiration for. Not only that but people are on the message boards insulting and slandering them. In order to stop the slander Jay and Bob decide to travel to Hollywood to stop the filming and therefore stop the internet discussions. A cross-country adventure ensues that includes stolen monkeys, international jewel thieves, the scooby-doo gang, a star wars confrontation, many many cameos and a million rude jokes.

The plot for this film is very, very weak. However for the most part you're laughing so hard you don't care how thin it is. It's only the middle section where the Scooby Doo bit and the jewel thief bit come in, where the jokes are less funny and the plot is more silly where you feel it. That said it's still really funny - Jay's desire to steal/liberate a monkey in order to get a woman to sleep with him is hilarious ("we steal monkeys all the time in Jersey" "If I'd known stealing monkeys would get me sex, I'd have been doing it since I was 7!") as is his rant on behalf of C.L.I.T.!

The humour is all of one type. If you know these characters from the other Red Bank films then you'll know if you'll like them or not. If you don't know them already then some of the jokes here will go over your head - there's lots of in-jokes and references to actions and characters in the other films that you won't understand (although some are still funny). Some of the references go too far and aren't funny - one joke in particular where the characters say something like "who'd pay to see a movie like that?" or "I hate it when you get roped into a movie by a friend" and then look out at the audience, isn't funny the first time or the 5th time. However most of the jokes are really funny thanks to a) Mewes's wonderfully un-PC, obscene dealer and b) Smith's great writing.

As I said some of the scenes are funny for 5 seconds but soon die out (the scooby doo bit gets dry pretty quick) but the majority is great. Standout bits include the monkey stuff, the whole Miramax-ribbing climax, the Phantom Menace skit and Chris Rock's angry black director (very similar to Hooper in Chasing Amy). The focus on sex related jokes makes for a film you're either going like or hate - and I loved it. Yes too many characters from other film are shoved in unfunny scenes (Affleck's Holden is poor and Lee is given nothing to work with in the role of Brodie that he was fantastic in in Mallrats), but the majority of it is great.

There are too many cameos to mention but nearly all of them are funny - high points include Chris Rock who missed out on making a black Sesame Street (he was going to call it N.W.P. - you work it out!), Carrie Fisher as the nun who lives by the book, Jason Biggs lamenting his pie-humping typecasting, Mark Hamill in the star wars spoof, the director and cast of Good Will Hunting poking major fun at Miramax and money grabbing sequels and Wes Craven directing Shannon Doherty in Scream 4 in a bang-on swipe at the Scream movies. The main acting pressure was all on Mewes as Jay, as Bob doesn't speak enough to carry the film, and he succeeds. Here his dirty mouth is given plenty of funny situations and good lines to work with and it ensures that his good performance carries through the whole thing and stops him getting annoying.

Overall this is one funny film and a very good way to say goodbye to these characters. Dry is some places, brilliant in others this isn't to everyone's taste but will please Smith fans easily. It's not The Godfather but it does what it's supposed to and does it well.


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