“Snooch to the mother fucking Nooch!” – Jay of Jay and Silent Bob
Kevin Smith is a part of pop culture whether you like it or not. For whatever reason his infantile, crude, outlandish humor has captured the attention of fat bearded dudes the world over for a quarter of a century now. Seriously if you took out all of the dick and fart jokes there would be thirty minutes of material left. And yet he sustains, he continues to entertain in the most ridiculous but amazingly unique ways only Kevin Smith could muster.
Eighteen years ago they struck and the world hasn’t been the same since. After a myriad of hits and many, many missteps the greatest stoner duo since Cheech and Chong returns to do everything you’ve seen them do multiple times before, and that’s kind of the point. At least it’s a Reboot and not a Remake. For the difference see their new movie, Jay & Silent Bob Reboot. It’ll be a long winded explanation as only Smith could deliver but at least when he’s done yammering for twenty minutes you’ll understand the differences. If there’s one thing I can say is similar about Smith and MARVEL it’s this, at this point you know if you’re going to like his work or not, the mystery is gone. MARVEL is superheroes and Smith is childish 40 year-olds making complete fools of themselves over and over and over…
Jay & Silent Bob Reboot is a fan service handjob aimed directly at the clogged hearts of his adoring fans (I am among them I admit). This is for us, haters be damned. Sometimes things just lend themselves to an era of storytelling and without question this era is all about nostalgia. Smith and Co. utilize this to its fullest potential making reference to nearly everything Smith has ever jerked out on paper for others to read aloud. He knows how stupid this all is and how inexplicable our loyalty is to him but without question he is more appreciative than ever as evidenced by the ever-continuing adventures of the dumbest (and most lovable), most crude duo to ever toke up on the big screen. Harold & Kumar, bow down.
Half of what makes this Reboot so funny is how similar it is to Strike Back. It succeeds in being both idiotic and clever by never losing sight of what it is and why we’re all here. The other half is absolutely because of the two main “heroes” knowing exactly who they are as hetero lifemates. That is until Jay’s progeny suddenly enters their lives making their already harrowing adventure all the more nefarious. This is a family film in that anyone Smith has ever shown love for makes some kind of appearance making the audience applaud in happy remembrance.
What I personally find so amusing about these characters is that they possess the characteristics of cartoon characters. They basically never change their wardrobe, their maturity is never in danger of growing (they are from Jersey afterall), and their priorities rarely ever expand beyond smoking weed and pursuing that always elusive sideways smile. (*)
Jay & Silent Bob Reboot is exactly what you think it will be and it’s nothing short of fucking hilarious stupidity reveling in its own irony. As I said before, if you love Kevin Smith and his work you will find a place for his latest effort in your disgusting (but well-meaning) heart. It’s crude as hell, nostalgic for all things old school Smith and Co. and best of all it never seeks an apology for being exactly what it is. Reboot is a celebration of the immaturity in all of us. It’s most excellent, if not completely unnecessary. But then again, necessity has never been a priority for Smith. See ya at the next review, Boo Boo Kitty Fucks!
Rated R For: pervasive strong crude sexual content, language throughout, drug use and some nudity
Runtime: 95 minutes
After Credits Scene: Throughout the credits.
Starring: Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Harley Quinn Smith, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
Directed By: Kevin Smith
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 2/ Acting: 2.5/ Directing: 3/ Visuals: 3.5
OVERALL: 4.5 Nerdskulls
Buy to Own: Yes
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