Underneath it’s campy attitude are 2 Kevin Smiths, reboot rantings, and a lot of laughs
The “Jay & Silent Bob” pop culture phenomenon began when filmmaker Kevin Smith maxed out his parents’ credit card in order to film his cult classic “Clerks.”
Reminder: Jay (Jason Mewes) is the pot dealer with the sexual fantasies and big words, while Silent Bob (Smith) is his confidante, who doesn’t speak until the third act, at least. These two characters have continued their legacy in “Mallrats,” “Chasing Amy,” “Dogma,” “Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back,” and “Clerks II;” and now we have the highly anticipated “Jay & Silent Bob Reboot.”
This doesn’t replace these iconic actors, but it does follow the “Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back” plot in which they must prevent the “Bluntman and Chronic” movie from being rebooted. Note: they were the basis for these comic book heroes.
As a matter of fact, it serves a somewhat propaganda film about how reboots have recycled the best movies, and will eventually meet their demise. Jason Lee as Brodie explains to Jay and Silent Bob the difference between remakes and reboots. “Remakes are for people who don’t care about the original,” while “reboots are just recycled movies.” After seeing the dreadful “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” remake “The Hustle,” and the cheesy 2015 “Fantastic 4” reboot, I agree with him.
Now, these two inadvertently signed a contract indicating that Saban Films owns their name, and Kevin Smith is the one who’s rebooting the franchise, and promoting it at Chronic Con in Hollywood. So, they have to travel cross-country to stop the movie, while reuniting with old faces (Ben Affleck as Holden McNeil, Shannon Elizabeth as Justice, Joey Lauren Adams as Alyssa, and Jason Biggs & James Van Dee Beek as themselves) and meeting the daughter Jay never knew he had (Harley Quinn Smith, Kevin’s baby girl).
“Jay & Silent Bob Reboot” is filled with star-studded cameos from Brian O’Halloran (as Dante Hicks), Matt Damon (as Loki from “Dogma,” not “Thor” as he explains), Chris Hemsworth, Adam Brody, Tommy Chong, Joe Manganiello, Craig Robinson, Fred Armisen, Rosario Dawson, and Val Kilmer, among others. At times, they do sound like they’re hamming their roles up, but at the same time, we’re excited to see them. And Affleck and Lee respectively, seem like they’re having fun setting off their own views of reboots.
It has a campy attitude with situations that pop up when you least expect them, and how the actors sound like robots, based on the genres they’re written. The daughter and her eccentric friends have to hold knives, Jason Biggs has to hate Kevin Smith’s new vision of “Bluntman and Chronic,” and the mild-mannered driver (Armisen) has to get in trouble with the law for smoking a joint for the first time.
But somehow, we’re able to have fun with Smith’s notions. As a New Jersey resident, I met him a couple years ago, and he is a cool guy. He also survived a heart attack that would have been fatal, if he hasn’t cancelled a show of his. So, it’s refreshing to know he’s still breathing and having fun with himself and Silent Bob, as well as Jason Mewes as Jay.
This movie has its views of sequels, remakes, and reboots, and we either agree or disagree with them. “Jay & Silent Bob Reboot” agrees with them.
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