Posted by turtle at dialup-126.96.36.199.dial1.boston1.level3.net on August 24, 2001 at 21:51:13:
In Reply to: Free at last, free at last - thanks God Almighty posted by Kevin on August 24, 2001 at 19:37:34:
...for some kind of award"
That has got to be the best review of Kevin's work ever!
The Phoenix is the only newspaper that counts in Boston, as far as movie reviews go. (Especially since they are the only paper that has the guts to print the work "fuck".)
See how much they liked it:
JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK
" A Jay and Silent Bob movie? " asks Ben Affleck, looking quizzically into the camera. " Who would pay to see that? " Given the extreme critical polarity Kevin Smith engenders, weíll see. But in this criticís opinion, Smithís latest and ostensibly last J&SB flick is a corker. Its scope and production values are bigger and better than those of his last outing, Dogma, but its humor isnít encumbered by that filmís ponderous theological parsing. Neither is it tempered with the over-earnestness of Chasing Amy or ruined by the pointlessness of Mallrats. Itís just a gleefully stupid, over-the-top cross-country romp populated with a ton of familiar faces and marked by a genial, if prurient, charm.
When the duo discover that the comic book theyíve inspired is due for a big-screen treatment, theyíre less angry that theyíve been cut out of the deal than that posters on www.moviepoopshoot.com are slandering the film ó and them ó in advance of its release ( " Fuck Jay and Silent Bob up their stupid asses, " writes " MagnoliaFan " ). This wonít stand. They post a warning to their anonymous antagonists ( " Weíre gonna make you eat our shit, then shit out our shit, then eat your shit, which is made up of our shit, which we made you eat " ), then head for Tinseltown to halt production and redeem their good names.
What follows doesnít quite know what it wants to be, and thatís fine. Itís a road movie. Itís a buddy film. Itís a Hollywood satire (in which Smith chomps off the hand that feeds him, Miramaxís, with gusto). Itís got four Charlieís Angel-type vixens in stretch black-leather suits. Itís got more mimed fellatio than you can shake a dick at. Itís got local boys Ben and Matt in Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season. Itís got Luke Skywalker as a shock-haired villain named Cock Knocker. Itís got an orangutan. And itís got Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) themselves. The formerís hyperkinetic scatological riffing has been refined to zen-like perfection; the latter speaks scarcely a word, but his eyebrows should be nominated for some kind of Oscar. Iíd pay to see it again.
By Mike Miliard
PS, the Boston Herald sucks ass, anyway.
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