Film: Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
"I mean, I don't think I'm alone in the world in imagining this flick may be the worst idea since Greedo shooting first. You know it, but... a Jay and Silent Bob movie? Who'd pay to see that?"
— Holden (as Kevin Smith mugs at the fourth wall)
When Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith
) are finally forced to stop hanging out in front the Quick-Stop by a restraining order, they discover that a movie based on the comic that's based on them, Bluntman and Chronic
, is in production. While the duo is shocked to learn that they won't be getting any money from the film, they're more horrified that people on the Internet are badmouthing them and the franchise. So Jay and Silent Bob set out for Hollywood to find a way to stop the movie from getting made so people will stop saying mean things on the Internet.
Along the way, they hook up with a group of women who are actually superthieves, but convince Jay and Silent Bob that they're animal activists; the four women convince the duo to break into an animal-testing clinic and free all the animals inside, and use that as a distraction to break into a diamond vault and rob it blind. From that point, Hilarity Ensues
as Jay and Silent Bob run from the law with a stolen orangutan as they continue on their way to Hollywood.
This film contains examples of:
- Accidental Hug
- Action Girl: The four female thieves Jay and Silent Bob hook up with (Sissy, Missy, Chrissy, and Justice). The first three are more like Dark Action Girls though.
- Suzanne the orangutan also qualifies.
- Adam Westing: Ben Affleck, Mark Hamill and a whole slew of other Hollywood personalities poke fun at themselves.
- A Day in the Limelight: After four films of appearing in varying capacities (Those Two Guys in Clerks, One Scene Wonders in Chasing Amy and major supporting characters in Mallrats and Dogma), Jay and Silent Bob finally get to be the leads in a movie. The questionability of giving an entire movie to Those Two Guys is lampshaded (see page quote).
- Added Alliterative Appeal: "The tenor of Tinseltown is one of terror today..."
- Age Cut: The opening sequence.
- All Just a Dream: Jay has a rather odd one where he and Silent Bob get picked up by Mystery Inc who drug them and steal their organs.
- Angry Black Man: Chris Rock as a movie director.
- Animals Lack Attributes: Averted in one deleted scene spoofing Scooby-Doo.
Jay: Scooby's rockin' a stoner boner!
- Animal Wrongs Group: The four jewel thieves pretend to be crazy animal rights activists in order to provide cover and patsies for a diamond heist. Oddly, the script puts the animal testing lab in Boulder, CO, which is home to many real animal rights groups.
- Aside Glance: Three of them, including one from Kevin Smith right after the quote at the top of this page.
- Bad Bad Acting: Ben Affleck and Matt Damon on the scene of "Good Will Hunting 2".
- Becoming the Mask: In universe. Mark Hamill at first hamming it up when he thinks James Vanderbeek (who is really the Real Jay in disguise.) is upstaging him. He is then literally having to try to fight Jay off rather than play it off as All Part of the Show. The result is what you'd expect.
- Bestiality Is Depraved: Played with: Jay asks Sean William Scott's character if he would, as a sheep (presumably with a human mind), have sex with another sheep. When he eagerly says he would, Jay throws him out of the van while moving. (Mostly because Jay wanted to be alone with the girls.)
- Black Comedy Rape: Implied.
Jason Biggs: It's me! Jason Biggs! I was the piefucker!
Security Guard: Well, in prison, he'll be the pie.
- Brick Joke: A hitchhiker, towards the beginning of the film, advises Jay and Silent Bob to offer to go down on potential drivers to get rides. It...doesn't work...with the nun... When the two finally arrive in Hollywood, nearer the tail end of the film, Jay can be "seen" going down on the hot woman who gave them a lift.
- Silent Bob gives the monkey the tranquilizer gun. The monkey later uses it to shoot Will Ferrell's character.
- Jay makes a comment to Justice's friends that hot women shouldn't eat fast food because it will make them fart. Sure enough, one of them farts when they're breaking into a facility, causing the alarms to go off.
- The Cameo: Plenty of them, including several characters from past View Askewniverse films. Most notable is the Continuity Cavalcade at the end.
- Basically any character with the exception of Jay, Bob, the quartet of Action Girls, and Willenholly qualifies (most others get about five minutes of screentime, if that).
- Kevin Smith's daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, plays the baby version of Silent Bob at the beginning of the film.
- Paul Dini
- One that might have slipped under your radar: the pizza delivery boy who gets it on with the hot female thieves was Joe Quesada.
- Cat Fight: played for perfect laughs after building up both of the film's Action Girls to a ridiculous degree—it degrades for a moment into slaps and hair pulling—to Jay and Silent Bob's delight.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Jay is a walking CFB ("fuck" was the first word he learned, for Chrissakes!), but other characters get to join in on the fun, too; the word is said 248 times over the course of the film.
"Mother-mother-fuck, mother-mother-fuck-fuck, motherfuck, motherfuck, noise-noise-noise..."
- Comedic Sociopathy
- Conspiracy Theorist: Jay's very strange super monkey theory.
- Continuity Cavalcade: The entire film qualifies, but special mention goes to the penultimate scene, which features Dante Hicks, Randal Graves, Willam Black, Steve-Dave Pulasti, Walt the Fanboy, Tricia Jones, Alicia Jones, Banky Edwards, and Hooper LaMante. All but Dante, Randal and Banky are making their first appearances in the film.
- Continuity Nod: These seem to be the film's only purpose:
Quick Stop Customer: Are you even supposed to be here today?
Dante: Don't get me started.
- Later in the film, Dante exclaims "I'm not even supposed to be here today!" during Jay's super-monkey Imagine Spot, while having his brain experimented on by super-apes. And the Quick Stop looks exactly the same as in Clerks, right down to the shoe-polish sign and the same ancient TV.
- The number 37 appears twice in the film—once when the jewel thieves are celebrating their 37th heist, and again during the shooting of Bluntman and Chronic ("Scene 37, Take 1").
- When everyone comes out of the premiere of Bluntman & Chronic at the end, Willam Black (the Scott Mosier version) can be seen looking at the lights lighting the overhang of the theater. He says "That's beautiful, man"...exactly as he did when he first appeared in Clerks.
Brodie: Here's the pulse. The hand is on the pulse. Here's your hand, far away from the pulse, shoved straight up your ass! Would you like a chocolate-covered pretzel?
- The above doubles as a reference to the first episode of Clerks: The Animated Series, in which the wholly ignorant Randal claims to have his "hand on the pulse of the community."
- Silent Bob is finally able to use the Force after trying so hard in Mallrats.
- Steve-Dave and Walt the Fanboy do their usual schtick coming out of the Bluntman & Chronic premiere...Steve-Dave asks Walt to stop it.
- And of course, virtually the entire plot is the explanation for why Jay and Silent Bob had an orangutan in The Stinger of Mallrats. (The orangutan herself was named Suzanne, possibly for the sole reason of allowing Smith to use Weezer's Suzanne over the ending credits.)
- Brodie is seen running a comic book store, even though at the end of Mallrats he went on to host The Tonight Show. There is a large poster in the store of a Variety article with the title "Brodie Bolts" indicating that he left the show of his own accord.
- Chasing Amy:
Holden: It's times like these I really miss dating a lesbian.
- And later, on the set of the Bluntman and Chronic film, the director tells Banky he's a tracer, not an inker, and that no one ever had the heart to tell him.
- The first few bars of the Chasing Amy theme (Dave Pirner's "Tube Of Wonderful") plays when Jay and Silent Bob go visit Holden.
- Holden's first words to Jay and Silent Bob when they show up mirrors Jay's line to Holden at the beginning of his scene in Chasing Amy: "Look at these morose motherfuckers right here. Looks like someone took a shit in their cereal." (This even receives a Lampshade Hanging in a deleted scene; Holden says he's been waiting years to deliver the line.)
- A fan of Bluntman and Chronic is called a "fucking cocknocker" by Banky early in Chasing Amy. Here, the film adaptation of Bluntman features a villain called the Cocknocker.
- When Jay is trying to get Silent Bob to say what he's trying to communicate out loud, he says that Silent Bob can 'Give that Amy speech whenever he wants.'
Jay: The whole fucking world's against us, man, swear to God!
- Jay drops a surprisingly subtle one towards the beginning of the film:
"You don't know "Jungle Love"? That shit is the mad notes. Written by God Herself
and sent down to the greatest band in the world — The motherfucking Time!"
- Judd Nelson, who had received praise from Jay for his performance in The Breakfast Club as the only part Jay found watchable ("that dude was fucking harsh"), appears here as a Utah sheriff.
- The Buddy Christ from Dogma appears on the dashboard of a nun who gives Jay and Silent Bob a lift.
- Jay and Silent Bob met the girl gang at a Mooby's.
- The Stinger shows God in a white void closing a book labeled "View Askewniverse," smiling and giggling all the while.
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Oh yes.
"All you motherfuckers are gonna pay. You are the ones who are the ball-lickers. We're gonna fuck your mothers while you watch and cry like little whiny bitches. Once we get to Hollywood and find those Miramax fucks who are making Bluntman and Chronic
, we're gonna make 'em eat our shit, then shit out our shit
, and then eat their shit that's made up of our shit that we made 'em eat
. And then all you motherfucks are next. Love, Jay and Silent Bob."
- Description Cut: Justice claims that Jay "has manners", whereupon we immediately see Jay screaming obscenities at passersby.
"Yo baby, you ever had your asshole licked by a fat man in an overcoat!?"
- In the same conversation she claims her reluctance to use him and Silent Bob as scapegoats is because he's too innocent. Cut to Jay humping the window.
- Discontinuity Nod: Jason Biggs, having not read the script, mistakenly refers to Jay as "Ray". When ABC tried to turn Clerks into a TV show in the 1990s, Smith tried to prevent it from happening by exploiting his ownership of Jay (Silent Bob was not in the pilot.) ABC responded by changing the character's name to Ray. (The pilot in question was not for Clerks: The Animated Series, which—unlike this pilot—was animated, and kept the cast of the original film as well as Smith and Mosier on board.)
- Dante crying out that he "wasn't even supposed to be here today" while monkeys cut open his brain echoes the originally planned ending for Clerks where he gets shot in spite of not having supposed to have been there that day.
- Dramatic Irony: Two instances of the comedic variety. In one scene, the titular duo are posing as extras on a movie set and receive these instructions from the director...
Director: Nobody talk. (to Bob) Especially not you.
- The second instance is on the set of the Bluntman and Chronic film. See Continuity Nod above.
- Everything's Better With Monkeys
- Expy: Jon Stewart as a straight-man news anchor.
- Fanservice: Eliza Dushku, Ali Larter, Shannon Elizabeth and Jennifer Schwallbach-Smith at various points during the film.
- Fartillery: Chrissy's flatulence is so loud it triggers a security system.
- Funny Background Event: While an attractive news reporter is providing an update on the activities of Jay and Silent Bob, the duo appear right behind her on camera. Jay then makes all sorts of suggestive gestures at her without her ever realizing it.
- While the filming of Good Will Hunting 2 is going on, the scenes are shot from the perspective of the cameras in that movie. Jay and Silent Bob, who have been mistaken as extras, try to walk off the set in the background of the shot while Will has a confrontation with the Ivy League bully from the first film, but are forced back into position.
- Fun with Acronyms: The C.L.I.T. - Coalition for Liberation of Itinerant Tree-dwellers
- And the L.A.B.I.A. - Liberate Apes Before Imprisoning Apes. (CLIT is believed to be a violent, extremist offshoot of LABIA.)
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: Despite having two shoulder devils, Jay's one shoulder angel is capable of talking him out of dropping his pants in front of Justice. He still promises to beat up those two "sucker-punching little bitches."
- Groin Attack
Jay: Why do they call you "cockknocker?"
Mark Hamill as Cockknocker:
, there's a funny story behind that-hee hee, you're gonna love this, true story— *BOOOM*
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Jay.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Justice giving herself up to clear Jay and Silent Bob's names.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Well, DUH.
- The Internet Is for Porn And For Bitching About Movies
Holden: The Internet is a communication tool used the world over where people can come together to bitch about movies and share pornography with one another.
- Critic Roger Ebert comments "This is a much more sophisticated idea of the Net than we find in high-tech cyberthrillers, where the Net is a place that makes your computer beep a lot."
- Internet Tough Guy: Subverted in that Jay and Bob have never been on the internet before, and have no concept of GIFT or what a Troll is and take the trash talk seriously. They also subvert the hell out of this trope by actually going around the country to beat the crap out of all the bratty kids who insulted them.
- Jurisdiction Friction: Willenholly is constantly barging onto major crime scenes shouting about how he has the jurisdiction because animals were somehow involved, which falls under his remit as a Federal Wildlife Marshal. This causes resentment from the local authorities... less because of the jurisdiction tension than the fact that he's a complete idiot.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Those nice people and their dog in the big green van look awfully familiar...
- When biking through the Miramax lot, Jay and Silent Bob bike through Daredevil and a group of Hand ninjas.
- Malcolm Xerox: Chaka Luther King (Chris Rock) as the Bluntman & Chronic director.
- Meaningful Name: As it turns out, Marshal Willenholly.
- Meganekko: Justice; in fact, it was Shannon Elizabeth's idea for the character to wear glasses ("Justice is blind").
- A Minor Kidroduction: The first scene in the film is Jay & Silent Bob, as babies, having their strollers parked next to each other while their mothers run into the convenience store.
- Mistaken for Terrorist
- Money, Dear Boy: In-Universe.
- Gus Van Sant, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon reasoning for doing Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season, and especially Van Sant who is seen counting his stash of money while not directing.
- As is Wes Craven during the Scream scene.
- Mythology Gag: A subtle one has Jay wearing a Berserker shirt.
- Never Live It Down: Jason Biggs, In-Universe. - "It's never 'Oh you were great in Loser.' It's always the fucking pie! I'm haunted by it!"
- New Media Are Evil: At least to Jay and Silent Bob, who are quite upset with the Internet in general when they learn what people are saying about them.
- They get their revenge at the end of the movie; they use money earned from likeness rights for Bluntman and Chronic to travel the country and beat up the people who badmouthed them.
- Noodle Incident: When the guard tells Silent Bob, "and then after, I want you to say 'Oh, what a lovely tea party.'"
- "Oh What a Lovely Tea Party" was also the name of the documentary about this film.
- Odd Name Out: Sissy, Missy, Chrissy, and Justice. Later on, after Justice's Heel-Face Turn, one of the others says she knew something was up because Justice didn't fit the rhyme scheme. (At one point, they make an effort with Jessy, but...)
- Ominous Latin Chanting: After the van explodes and Jay cries out JUSTICE to the sky, the chanting says "Justice is dead! Or so Jay thinks!"
- Ping-Pong Na´vetÚ: In Strike Back, Jay is confounded by the fact that you need a ticket to ride a cross-country Greyhound bus. But at the end of Chasing Amy (chronologically earlier), they take a bus to Illinois, and Jay makes direct reference to the tickets in Silent Bob's pocket. Must have been the weed.
- This was more of a bad cut (for time) than anything. The original scene would have had Jay and Silent Bob getting on the bus and riding in it for awhile before it's discovered that they're in the bathroom smoking a blunt (which is a reference to the Chasing Dogma comic book). The bus drops them off on the side of the road, where they meet George Carlin's hitchhiker character.
- Pizza Boy Special Delivery
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Justice, when she finally decides to do the right thing and confront Sissy:
Call me Boo Boo Kittyfuck, bitch!
- Precision F-Strike: From Silent Bob, believe it or not.
- Punny Name: Will Ferrell's character, Marshall Willenholly.
- Unintentionally referential, seeing the movie Will Ferrell stars in later on...
- From a deleted scene, FBI agent Sidan Marty.
- Raging Stiffie: Jay's reaction at first seeing Justice. Complete with soundtrack!
- Refuge in Audacity: Think about it: who doesn't this movie try to offend?
- Running Gag: "Boo Boo Kitty Fuck," the C.L.I.T, people calling Jay a little kid, Jay telling people Silent Bob will suck their dicks.
- Series Fauxnale: Was meant to be the finale to the View Askewed-verse. But then Kevin got inspired to make Clerks II.
- Self-Deprecation: There's a running gag of characters giving the camera an Aside Glance after mentioning how dumb the premise of the movie is.
- Shout-Out: Again, plenty of them, usually working in tandem with the cameos.
- Here's an example of one of the less subtle ones:
You're no longer the angry young mind you once were. You're just no longer that good
... Will Hunting.
- The guard at Miramax studios calls to Echo Base on his walkie-talkie.
- The movie poster for Bluntman and Chronic has a similar design and title font to Batman: The Animated Series.
- When Mark Hamill gets his hand cut off...again.
- The confrontation in the dam pipe is straight out of The Fugitive.
- Jay's tirade about "supermonkeys" ends up becoming one to Planet of the Apes, complete with the "You maniacs!" scene.
- Sir Swearsalot: Baby Jay's first word is "fuck", if that tells you anything about the kind of person he grows up into.
- That and the fact that his mom was such a cheap whore. He learned the word from her, anyway.
- Skyward Scream: When Jay thinks Justice was killed in the exploding van.
- Spy Catsuit: A quartet of jewel thieves posing as animal rights activists wear these to steal diamonds while the eponymous heroes are duped into freeing animals from the lab next door as a diversion. Also parodied, in that the initial introduction to the suit-clad thieves is them explicitly showing themselves off to the camera with overblown, borderline ridiculous body poses to acknowledge how blatant the creators know the Fanservice is.
- Stealth Pun: Shannon Elizabeth insisted on wearing glasses because "Justice is blind!"
- Take That: Holden suggests that idea of a Bluntman and Chronic film is...
- Take That, Audience!: Holden: "...a Jay and Silent Bob movie? Feature length? Who'd pay to see that?" Jay, Bob, and Holden then glance aside at the audience.
- Take That, Critics!: Played for Laughs with the final montage of Jay & Silent Bob beating up the people who poo-pooed them on the Internet.
- Take Your Time: Much is made of the "three days" that they have to make it to Los Angeles to stop the movie's production. New Jersey to Los Angeles in three days would be a brutal drive under normal circumstances, let alone all the hitchiking and adventures. Then that plot point is dropped about halfway through.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Several times, most notably: "call me Boo Boo Kitty Fuck, bitch!"
- Unnecessary Combat Roll: When Willenholly arrives at the movie studio, he takes the time to roll over the hood of his car (really clumsily) before entering the studio to arrest Jay and Silent Bob.
- Unusual Euphemism: When Justice tells Jay that women don't like to be called bitches, and she asks him to call her something nice:
Jay: How about "Boo Boo Kitty Fuck"?
Justice: That's...a start.
- The View Askewniverse: As mentioned above, this was originally planned to be the last film in it; this fact is punctuated by God (Alanis Morrisette reprising her Dogma role) showing a page within a book that simply says "The End" before closing the book, which has "The View Askewniverse" on the cover. Kevin Smith notes in the bonus features for Clerks II that the "The End" page is actually in the middle of the book. He did consider the series wrapped up, but with Jason Mewes' drug issues, eventually proclaimed that if Jason got clean, he'd get Clerks II off the ground.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: The eponymous characters are best friends and have been since childhood, but Jay insults Silent Bob basically constantly and Bob is always giving Jay looks of disapproval.
- Bob's eventual snap and tirade against Jay comes off as an expression of the frustration he's been wanting to vent for years.
- Weird Trade Union: The Drug Dealers local.
- Who Would Want to Watch Us?: In addition to the page quote, Alyssa doesn't think anyone would be interested in a movie version of Chasing Amy.
- WTH, Casting Agency?: In-Universe, on the Bluntman and Chronic movie. Dante is not happy that he's being played by Judi Dench.
- Artistic License - Geography: The editing of the movie suggests that Jay and Silent Bob hike from Boulder, CO to Utah with a stolen monkey. This is a distance of over 300 miles, over the Rocky Mountains.
What the fuck you think it means? It means I'm joking.