I’ve been a fan of Kevin Smith for a while. He seemed to alienate a lot of people in the build to Red State, but Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, along with Dogma, was during his prime. Way back when, I thought the monkey portion was stupid and that kept me from rewatching it….until now. Starting from the first scene where Jay sings that pot head song it was almost pure nostalgia since a pot head friend of mine in high school sang it at about the same time the movie came out.
As I’ve become the bigger movie fan, though, I came to really appreciate the star power/cameos this movie had. Ben Affleck (who is in most Smith movies as a virtue of their friendship), Matt Damon, Shannon Elizabeth, Eliza Dushku, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, James Van Derbeek, Jason Biggs, George Carlin, Jason Lee, Chris Rock, Bryan Lynch, Jaime Kennedy, Will Ferrell, Judd Nelson, and Deidrich Bader all have a presence of some sort.
The poster actually does only a moderate job of showing off the cast
On top of that, you had an essential shattering of the 4th wall. The combination of those two factors alone is almost enough to propel it to A Toast, but it does fall short. I think a lot of the movie is essentially Kevin Smith’s commentary on the business with some observations on what at that time was the newly created internet movie blog. If you broke this movie into portions of three or more, I liked everything but the middle. Or, oddly, anything near Ben Affleck’s presence, maybe because he goes from poking fun at himself to playing himself. It’s just a fun use of the actor.
There is a story that works, it is just pointless-at least in the middle. It’s like Kevin Smith had a basic idea that he realized was maybe an hour and had to put some fluff in to make it feature length. This middle portion felt very pointless, in fact, when you think about the movie in its entirety. Just completely useless, a sub-plot really that’s only use was in fact getting Harold and Kumar Jay and Silent Bob across the country and instead of making it simply that, it tried to become its own story. Later on, Smith found a way to incorporate all that crap into a working ending.
Visually, the inclusion is obvious. Watch the movie and tell me why!
When it comes down to it though, a Kevin Smith movie featuring Jay and Silent Bob is always a welcomed presence and I truly forgot a lot of the good spots in the movie. I knew there were some cameos and it was fun to just see them again, in some cases it’s like a Hollywood game of hide and seek. There was even one cameo that I didn’t notice and another that I bet most people won’t even see. I could even tell you it’s Bryan Lynch and you would probably still have to go online to figure that one out. Also give credit to Kevin Smith for getting himself a writing, directing, and starring position and having all of two lines.
Bonus Drinking Game
Take a Drink: every time sex is brought up
Take a Drink: for every cameo (or View Askewniverse reference) you see
Take a Shot: for the C.L.I.T and the L.A.B.I.A. Yeah.