Once upon a time in a galaxy very, very close to New Jersey Jay and Silent Bob stumble upon something new called the internet and discover that Miramax is making a movie about their alter-egos, "Bluntman & Chronic." In order to hang onto what tiny crumbs of credibility they have left, the dazed duo set off for California to stop the evil movie studio from making the flick. On a raucous road trip from Red Bank, New Jersey to Miramax's California studios, Jay and Silent Bob meet up with girl gangs, hitchhikers and Hollywood stars; they fall in love and watch bullets fly; they kidnap an ape and aim to take down the studio big chiefs. But most of all, they do what they do best: wreak havoc.
This fifth film in Kevin Smith's proposed New Jersey trilogy will demand a lot of those who aren't fans of his eighth-grader's purview. Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Mr. Smith), who inhabited roles on the periphery of Mr. Smith's previous films, get the spotlight here. The pair head for Hollywood to sabotage a movie project about their comic-book alter egos, the bong-powered Bluntman and Chronic, being turned into film heroes. Mr. Smith gets off a number of good lines and there are some funny situations. The picture often plays like a stoner's combo plate of "The Blues Brothers" and "Son of Paleface," with scads of lamely staged parodies of movies, music and comics: it's a 14-year-old boy's dream. That doesn't make for much of a movie; it's more like a slide show with sound. With Matt Damon, Gus Van Sant (who's an incredibly bad actor) and the very game Ben Affleck all making fun of themselves. - Elvis Mitchell
2001-08-24 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back