Film Review: Jay and Silent Bob Reboot
JAY AND SILENT BOB REBOOT
View Askew Productions, Miramax, SModcast Pictures
“Nobody was asking for this movie, except maybe me and Jay” – Kevin Smith
Although Kevin Smith’s quote may be truthful, after having the opportunity to watch the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot this past weekend, we applaud him for making it!
Just as with the original 2001 flick Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, this film follows the Jay and Silent Bob characters (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith) on a cross-country trip from New Jersey to Hollywood to shut down a film - a reboot this go-around - from being made about the Bluntman and Chronic characters who are based on their likeness. All the expected hijinks occur along the way, but there are also enough small differences that allow this film to still stand on its own accord.
For anyone who’s followed Smith through Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and so on, he takes us on fun, nostalgic trip through his entire View Askewniverse. Several familiar faces appear to reprise their past roles: Ben Affleck as Holden McNeil, Matt Damon as Loki, Jason Lee as Brodie Bruce, Brian O’ Halloran as Dante Hicks, Shannon Elizabeth as Justice, and more!
As with the 2001 film, impressive cameos are spread all over this new film as well: Val Kilmer, Fred Armisen, Molly Shannon, Chris Jericho, Craig Robinson, Joe Manganiello, Chris Hemsworth, Tommy Chong, Method Man, Redman, and even a tribute to comic book legend Stan Lee during the closing credits.
But sifting through all the laughable moments of off-color humor that Smith is well-known for, this movie has a lot of heart wrapped within its storyline. Featuring Harley Quinn Smith, Kevin’s real-life daughter in a lead role, we’re weaved not only through the quintessential definition of a buddy flick but are also navigated through a more complex, emotionally charged story of an 18-year old girl who has never met her father.
From the very start with Clerks, Kevin Smith has shown what type of human being he is by never giving up on his real-life friend Jason Mewes; even when he was being told to. What I’ve always loved about the movies where Smith steps into the Silent Bob role is how much they rely on Mewes to mostly carry the films – this one is no different, and like usual, Mewes delivers the perfect punches.
As a bonus, the soundtrack includes a revisit to “Social” by Squirtgun (originally from Mallrats), “Good Morning” from Hollywood rock group Pistol Beauty, and “The Ghost” from The Tenth; a band fronted by Harley Quinn Smith.