Jay and Silent Bob head back to Hollywood to stop a reboot of the
Bluntman and Chronic movie, and Jay learns he has a teenage daughter.
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019)
Written and Directed by Kevin Smith
Starring Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Harley Quinn Smith,
Aparna Brielle, Treshelle Edmond, Alice Wen, Shannon Elizabeth, Jason Lee, Ben Affleck, Fred Armisen, Joey Lauren Adams,
Diedrich Bader, Melissa Benoist, Val Kilmer, Rosario Dawson,
Justin Long, Molly Shannon, Chris Hemsworth, Matt Damon
Sequel to 2001's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
It's been a long time since Kevin Smith put his heart into something, and ironically I think it took a serious heart attack to revive his creative juices. Tusk and Yoga Hosers represent the definitive low point in Smith's career, and while Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is in no way perfect, it was made 100% for the fans and for Smith himself to have one last hurrah with his friends. This film is also Mallrats 2, Chasing Amy 2, Dogma 2, and Clerks 3 to an extent. It's the film that answers every lingering question anyone's ever had about those movies, and despite not being that funny for the most part, it has enough hilarious moments and poignant, reflective moments that make it worth watching.
When Jay (Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) realize that Hollywood is about to reboot the Bluntman and Chronic movie that they tried to sabotage before, they head back to Hollywood to stop the reboot. Along the way, Jay learns he has a teenage daughter named Milly (short for Millennium Falcon), who hijacks the two and forces them to take her and her friends with them. The adventure is entertaining enough, though you can tell everybody is worn the fuck out. Every cameo is neat but will make you feel old, and so many of the jokes are so dated. What ultimately won me over is the surprisingly poignant relationship that forms between Jay and his daughter. Smith's writing in these scenes was reminiscent of Chasing Amy, and it became clear to me that Smith still has it in him to do great work. He'd just rather make a film that's essentially just fan service for almost two hours, and that's perfectly okay since that only people watching this will be fans.
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot isn't quite as hilarious as Smith's 90's work, but it has that same spirit, which is something he's been missing. The film is endearing while at the same time being completely full of shit. It knows exactly what kind of film it is and never shies away from that. It constantly pokes fun at reboots and Hollywood's assembly line of bullshit, and that's great. I just wish it had been funnier overall. But it isn't boring nor is it a bad film.