Written and directed by Kevin Smith, this comedy film brings back the stoner duo, Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith), to the big screen after a long hiatus. This time, their adventure takes them across the country as they do their best to prevent the production of 'Bluntman and Chronic,’ a movie reboot based on their lives, from heading into production. Co-starring Melissa Benoist, Chris Hemsworth, and Matt Damon.~Clare Perez-Izaguirre Lopez
Definitely not the best movie ever made but it’s absolutely a fun one. Growing up watching Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma and Strike Back I’ve always been a fan of Kevin Smith’s indie comedy universe and this doesn’t disappoint. I was lucky to see this in the theater back in October and glad to have added it to my collection. If you’re a Kevin Smith fan this is a must buy!!!!
evin Smith films in general can kind of be an acquired taste (Tusk, anyone? - and even Smith makes fun of that film in this one). I'd argue that the Jay and Silent Bob offerings are even more of a cult item within the larger "Askewniverse", and as such, this is a film made for a devoted but probably limited fan base. My hunch is that kind of fan will probably get at least some enjoyment out of this "reboot", even if some diehard aficionados may also find this kind of a hit and/or miss entry. Technical merits are generally solid for those considering purchase.
Minus 1 star due to Kevin Smith milking his heart attack for every ounce of sympathy.
I've been watching and getting high with Jay and Silent Bob for YEARS. I used to hang out in Asbury Park, so these flicks feel very comfortable. This one has more heart than previous flicks, BUT, many people WILL find the language offensive. As this version is based upon all the previous movies, you won't get "it" unless you have seen the prior ones. Watch "Clerks" and if you like it, move on to the others. The "boys" are looking old (but then, so am I) so unless they do "Grumpy Old Jay and Silent Bob," this will probably be their swan song.
Wow. Where to start? How about, despite liking most of Kevin Smith's films, especially the films that the titular characters appear in, it seems to me that Kevin has finally managed to prove that one can make too many trips to the proverbial well. Sadly, this entry into the the Askewniverse is by far, the worst.
All the previous ones were entertaining at some level and in most cases pretty funny. Again, I'm referring to the flicks that Jay and Silent Bob appear in. So, not Cop Out, not Tusk, not Jersey Girl, and certainly not his standout film, Red State. A film that proves that Kevin, when he's not trying to make a quick buck to fill the coffers, can go beyond his comfort zone and produce a well-made, interesting film. Something "Reboot" proves he needs to start doing a lot more often.
What gets me about "Reboot" is that all the basic elements are there escept one. His flare for good dialog. Virtually every cameo you'd expect and want (except Randall who is only referred to in name) make the obligatory appearance. The best cameo by far, is the surprising appearance of the two stoner kids (now adults) from "Strike Back" that buy a nickle bag from Jay as he is singing Jungle Love. Yeah, that was the high point. No pun intended.
The writing here is lazy and the acting amongst the six main characters is just bad. I could not have been more disappointed. As a fan of Kevin's work and having seen him live, I've come to expect more from him. Yeah, going in, I knew that this would just be more of the same type of material you'd expect in one of his films (which is why I bought it in the first place) but not only isn't there anything funny here, there's no reason to have even made this movie in the first place short of showing that now Jay has a kid. An obnoxious one, no less.
I only gave it two stars instead of one because I do like the characters and was glad that Smith managed to get nearly everyone from the previous films to do a cameo as well as some obligatory 4th wall breaking. I can only assume that Matt Damon and Ben Afflect did it for free. I'm sure that either one of their normal fees would have exceeded the entire budget of the movie.
So, stick to the previous films in the Askewniverse and give this one a pass. Don't say I didn't warn you. And no, partaking of the usual item that they sell in front of the Quick Stop will not help.