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Posted by Boo-Boo-Kitty-Fuck at on August 27, 2001 at 22:47:00:

Believe it or not, even people in Utah love Kevin Smith! Sean Means of the
Salt Lake Tribune gave the film three and a half out of four stars and
wrote the following glowing review:

HEADLINE: 'Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back' Funniest Film of the Summer
Friday, August 24, 2001 

   Kevin Smith gives his pot-smoking characters their own movie, and they
run with it.
   Rated R for nonstop crude and sexual humor, pervasive strong language,
and drug content; 98 minutes.
   Opening today everywhere.
   Since they hit the Sundance Film Festival screens in 1994, hanging
outside a New Jersey convenience store, Jay and Silent Bob lived on the
sidelines of Kevin Smith's films -- talking smack, dealing pot, and
dropping tiny time pills of profanity-laced comedy and wise philosophy.
    Smith -- the slacker auteur of "Clerks," "Mallrats," "Chasing Amy" and
"Dogma" -- is retiring his loitering pals, but not before giving them a
hilariously raunchy send-off in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back." Smith's
rabid fans will be in ecstacy; newcomers will rush the video shelves for
Smith's previous films.
    Smith's script is the funniest of this dimbulb summer, and the sharpest
he has ever written. He takes aim at Hollywood phonies, sequels, Internet
movie gossips, Scooby-Doo, his bosses at Miramax and his own movies, and
pays tribute to his favorite things -- "Star Wars," Marvel Comics, Morris
Day and the Time.
    Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (played by Smith himself), rousted
from their strip-mall perch by the original "Clerks" duo, Brian Christopher
O'Halloran and Jeff Anderson, learn that the marijuana-smoking comic-book
characters they inspired, Bluntman & Chronic, will be featured in a Miramax
movie. Their friend Holden (Ben Affleck) introduces the duo to the
Internet, where movie fans are trashing the still-unfinished movie and Jay
and Silent Bob themselves.
    "The Internet has given everyone in America a voice, and apparently
America wants to use that voice to bitch about movies," Holden says, in one
of the movie's many screeds against Web culture.
    Jay and Silent Bob strike out for Hollywood, determined to shut down
the movie -- beginning their own road picture. After Jay's girlfriend
("American Pie's" Shannon Elizabeth) embroils the boys in an animal-rights
terrorist act, a federal wildlife official (Will Ferrell) pursues them
through Utah to L.A.
    Smith enlists an army of performers, some from his past films: Affleck
(who also plays himself alongside Matt Damon), Jason Lee (playing both his
"Mallrats" and "Chasing Amy" characters), Joey Lauren Adams ("Chasing
Amy"), Shannen Doherty ("Mallrats"), and Rock and George Carlin ("Dogma").
Miramax regulars help send up their corporate benefactors -- the best being
director Gus Van Sant, counting his bags of money on the set of "Good Will
Hunting 2: Hunting Season."
    Best of all, Smith has made the most cinematic film of his career.
After years of movies composed mostly of static two-shots, Smith has
learned how to block a complicated scene and move the camera around
fluidly. "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" bids a fond farewell to the boys,
and just in time -- Smi

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