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Posted by reechie at diga162.highpines.net on August 24, 2001 at 21:43:49:

In Reply to: Free at last, free at last - thanks God Almighty posted by Kevin on August 24, 2001 at 19:37:34:

Sharon Johnson, The Patriot News, Harrisburg, PA.

In defense of "Jay And Silent Bob," it's offensive, funny.
Also, film is profane, irreverent


If "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" is really the comedy to end all Jay and
Silent Bob comedies, the daring duo is going out in style.

Kevin Smith's all-star (in cameos) tribute to his fictional creations has
everything you've come to expect from the creator of "Clerks." (In other
words: all of you who still regard "Clerks" as one of your most painful
moviegoing moments- and you know who you are!- keep your distance from this

The movie is wildly profane, gleefully irreverent, politically incorrect
enough to have alienated the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
(Who seem to ignore the fact that the homophobic utterances are the
leitmotif of Jay, a role model only for those with IQ's in single digits.)

But- and here's what separates it from the most recent films from the
Farrelly Brothers and their lesser imitators- "Jay and Silent Bob Strike
Back" is also genuinely, wickedly funny. Though those unfamiliar with
Smith's earlier films may miss many of the jokes.

Smith, the creator of the Red Bank, NJ. slackers who hang out outside a
convenience store, bites the hands that financed his movie- who knew the
people at Miramax were such good sports?- and cheerfully savages the
industry that has embraced him.

In their first (and, we're told, last) starring adventure, the dim-witted
Jay and the man of few words, Silent Bob, learn that their comic-book alter
egos are about to be made into a movie. And they're being slandered on the
Internet for selling out. (They're not averse to selling out, you
understands. It's just that nobody's made them an offer.)

So they set out on a long road trip to stop the movie. Along the way, Jay
(Jason Mewes) finds true love as Smith offers a parody of "Charlie's
Angels" that puts the pathetic send-up of "Scary Movie 2" to shame.

Other movies take their lumps. I won't spoil the fun by giving you the
details. But Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are among the actors who
contribute to the comic mayhem.

Comics, actors, directors (including a hilarious cameo from Gus Van Sant):
You just never know who'll turn up next in Smith's wide-ranging,
free-wheeling but surprisingly well-organized comedy.

The look of the movie suggests that Smith (who also plays a surprisingly
dapper Silent Bob) is maturing as a filmmaker even as he retains his
anarchic, bad-boy writing style.

Yes, there is something to offend almost everyone in "Jay and Silent Bob
Strike Back." The easily offended might keep their distance.

Those who are most offended by comedies that just aren't funny will find
cause for celebration in Smith's latest film.

Some may regard this R-rated comedy, which stretches the limit of the
rating, as a guilty pleasure. But in a summer when moviegoers have had too
few pleasures, why waste time feeling guilty about having fun?

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