Capsule Review: "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back"

by Eric Melin on August 24, 2001

in Print Reviews

If you liked “Mallrats,” but thought it could have been a bit funnier or better done, go see “JASBSB.” Director/writer Kevin Smith has drawn his five-part Jersey trilogy(?!) to a close with a hilarious, foul-mouthed, laugh-out-loud funny-ass flick.

I’ve liked every single one of Smith’s movies. I think he writes some of the wittiest, side-splitting dialogue in movies today. This film has none of the lofty social commentary heights of “Chasing Amy” or “Dogma,” and frankly doesn’t need them. It’s an entertaining road pic with some pointed shots at Hollywood, internet movie-post geeks (hmm, woudn’t know anything about them…), and most of all, itself.

There is a cameo by every person working in teen comedies these days, a couple of “Star Wars” cast members, and almost everyone from Smith’s four other movies. I laughed my ass off, and I want to see it again, because there were still a lot of inside movie fan jokes I know I still missed. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s scene together alone is worth the price of admission. Funny, funny shit.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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