I had to work Tuesday night, so I missed the first Fathom Events screening of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. Instead, I went out Thursday night for the Jay and Silent Bob double feature of Strike Back and Reboot.
The closest theater was the Cinemark in Lufkin. So glad I didn’t have to worry about going to Longview again.
There was onscreen trivia before the double feature, an intermission between movies, a filmed introduction from Kevin Smith & Jason Mewes before Reboot, and after Reboot there were cast & crew interviews & a blooper reel.
I’ve been watching Kevin Smith movies since Clerks came out on VHS. Chasing Amy is one of my favorites of his filmography. But watching these two films back to back was the first time I’d gotten to a theater to watch a Kevin Smith movie, and I got a two-fer!
Strike Back is, of course, Jay & Silent Bob finding out about a movie being made for Bluntman & Chronic, the comic book characters based on them, and also learning about the internet and deciding to end production of the film. Road trip from New Jersey to Hollywood, with craziness ensues.
Shannon Elizabeth, Jason LeeEliza Dushku, Ali Larter, Will Ferrell, Mark Hamill & Chris Rock have supporting roles, along with cameos from George Carlin, Carrie Fisher, Matt Damon & Ben Affleck.
It certainly is not the best of Kevin Smith’s films, and that was only the second time I’ve watched it. I had no idea there was a post credit bonus.
Reboot is a direct sequel to Strike Back, picking up two decades later, with Jay & Silent Bob learning that there is going to be a Bluntman & Chronic reboot, and they decide to go from New Jersey to Hollywood to stop production of the movie. When the two get stuck in Chicago, they reunite with Shannon Elizabeth’s Justice from Strike Back, and learn that Jay is a father to Kevin Smith’s real life daughter Harley Quinn Smith.
Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, and Justin Long have supporting roles, with cameos from Joe Manganiello, Joey Lauren Adams, Rosario Dawson, Chris Hemsworth, Melissa Benoist & Val Kilmer. Kevin Smith also plays himself, and there’s a small bit with Stan Lee, who would have been in the movie itself if not for his death.
And Matt Damon also has a cameo, but seriously, why? What the hell was going on there?
After watching the two movies back to back, I prefer Jay & Silent Bob in supporting roles, bit players, comic relief type characters, not the stars at center stage.
And the extras, oh, dear lord, make Jason Mewes stop!
Just for fun, Top Five Kevin Smith Movies!
Chasing Amy (1997)
Zach and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
Clerks II (2006)