Jay and Silent Bob learn that a comic book movie based on them is being made and they're not profiting, so they head to Hollywood to sabotage it.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Written and Directed by Kevin Smith
Starring Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Shannon Elizabeth,
Will Ferrell, Eliza Dushku, Ali Larter, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith,
Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson,
Chris Rock, Mark Hamill, Judd Nelson, Matt Damon, George Carlin
Spin-Off of 1994's Clerks, 1995's Mallrats,
1997's Chasing Amy, and 1999's Dogma
Kevin Smith's entire career is kind of a mystery. He exploded onto the indie film scene with Clerks, and proceeded to create a cinematic universe way before it was a popular thing, with 2001's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back acting as his sort of View Askew Avengers. The man has pop culture foresight like no other, and while JASBS may not be for everyone, it's certainly a big deal for his die hard fans like myself. I just watched his most recent effort, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, which compelled me to revisit the film's predecessor. Frankly, it's downright hilarious and fully loaded with witty yet raunchy dialogue, A-list celebrity cameos, and a self-aware script that knows exactly how dumb this movie is.
Jay (Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) are two stoners who hang out in front of the Quick Stop Grocery in Leonardo, NJ. That's their whole lives. When they learn that a movie is being made based on a comic book that was based on them, Bluntman and Chronic, they decide to head to Hollywood to find Banky Edwards (Lee), the guy who screwed them out of a profit. Along the way, Jay falls in love with Justice (Elizabeth), a smoking hot jewel thief who convinces them to steal a monkey as a cover for the heist. It's a weird movie, with an off-the-wall plot, but there's never a dull moment. Besides, the movie was made for the fans, not the casual moviegoers.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back features characters from all of Smith's previous four films, and they all fit well into the narrative of a film driven by two recurring side characters who nobody thought could carry a full movie. The final product is a cult hit that works as a great ending to his 90's run, with the most recent film being a great epilogue to that story. Overall, it's a fun movie that's completely insane and ridiculous. What's not to love?