JAY & SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK (18)
JAY & SILENT BOB REBOOT (15)
D: Kevin Smith
Saban/Miramax/View Askew/SMODCO/Mewesings/Hideout/Intercut Capital/Skit Bags (Jordan Monsanto & Liz Destro)
W: Kevin Smith
DP: Yaron Levy
Ed: Kevin Smith
Mus: James L. Venable
Jason Mewes (Jay), Kevin Smith (Silent Bob), Harley Quinn Smith (Millennium Faulken), Shannon Elizabeth (Justice Faulken), Brian O'Halloran (Dante Hicks), Jason Lee (Brodie Bruce), Ben Affleck (Holden McNeil), Joey Lauren Adams (Alyssa Jones)
I'll admit that I was a fan of Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back when it was originally released in 2001, the humour appealed to me at the time and it wrapped up a collection of other films that I also thoroughly enjoyed (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy & Dogma). However, I also agree that time hasn't been kind to the humour in Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back, and retrospectively, it isn't anywhere near as funny as I once found it.
Kevin Smith tries to replicate the same movie here, both updating it for a new audience and placating his older fanbase, culminating in a self-aware remake, reboot and sequel which pokes fun at Hollywood and references his own movies.
The self-referential humour disappears up its own backside here, and it's really quite sad to see.
Kevin Smith & Jason Mewes may have been able to get away with these shenanigans when they were in their 20's, but they're in their 40's now and this really is scraping the barrel.
I believe that Smith wrote this with the best intentions, allowing him a reunion with some of his closest friends in the biz, but why couldn't he just have a private party instead?