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Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (yes, that's the actual title) is the 2019 sequel to 2001's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, written and directed by Kevin Smith and distributed by Saban Films. It's both the second sequel to a film in and the first installment of The View Askewniverse after Clerks II.

In 2001, two stoneheaded best friends, potty-mouthed Jay (Jason Mewes) and the aptly named Silent Bob (Smith) found out a comic book based on themselves, Bluntman and Chronic, was getting a movie. But because of that movie, they were getting trolled by the Internet, so the two went off to Hollywood to stop the production.

The movie got made, but Jay and Silent Bob were compensated for their troubles with the money from the royalties they were owed anyway... which was plenty for them to buy enough plane tickets to go door-to-door and literally pound the shit out of all the internet trolls.

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18 years later, comic book movies have come back with a vengeance. So when Jay and Silent Bob find out Bluntman and Chronic is getting the reboot treatment, and Saban Films tricked them into giving the rights to their names away, the older and wiser (but mostly older) duo must embark on another quest to Hollywood. Hilarity Ensues yet again as they must contend with more abnormalities like a brand-new bad girl gang and the news of one of them being a father!

Watch the red-band trailer here. The film was released on October 15, 2019, for the first of two nationwide Fathom Events screenings, preceding a touring presentation by Smith and Mewes.


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This film reboots examples of:

  • Actor Allusion:
  • Adam Westing:
  • Aside Glance: Holden when he notes that he's forgotten the name of Bruce Wayne's mom.
  • Brick Joke: Serendipitously, The Stinger delivers a punchline that was set up 25 years previously in Clerks.
  • The Cameo: So many...
    • Ralph Garman as Ted Underhill, a businessman whose credit card info Jay and Bob steal for their trip.
    • Grant Gustin, Tom Cavanagh
    • Method Man and Redman as themselves in a hallucination.
    • Chris Jericho as a Klansman.
    • Fred Armisen as a rideshare driver.
    • Marc Bernardin
    • Brian "Q" Quinn
    • Nicolas Cage
    • Molly Shannon as an airline clerk.
    • Scott Mosier
    • Rosario Dawson as Justice's wife.
    • Chris Hemsworth as himself.
    • Robert Kirkman as himself.
    • Melissa Benoist, Val Kilmer, and Tommy Chong, as themselves, as the cast of Bluntman V Chronic.
  • Canon Welding: Zack and Miri Make a Porno retroactively becomes part of The View Askewniverse with the character of Brandon (Justin Long) appearing in this film.
  • Celebrity Resemblance:
    • Obviously, Kevin Smith and Silent Bob look like each other, but most characters In-Universe don't pick up on it, and Jay doesn't seem to notice it at all.
    • While God from Dogma doesn't appear in the movie, her resemblance to Alanis Morissette is mentioned twice.
  • Character Check:
    • Jay starts out the movie as a slightly sharper version of how he was in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, his newfound faith, sobriety, and self-awareness from Clerks II long gone.
    • Another thing from Clerks II that is gone is Jay and Silent Bob's money from the residuals from the original Bluntman & Chronic, apparently completely squandered after they bought back the Quick Stop. They are once more (almost) penniless.
  • Character Development: Despite Jay's Character Check, he matures significantly after meeting his daughter.
  • Continuity Nod: Lots!
  • Continuity Reboot: The film revolves around an in-universe reboot for Bluntman and Chronic. The movie itself is a sequel.
  • Critical Dissonance/Cult Classic: In-Universe, Bluntman and Chronic is considered to be a horrible movie, so much so that rights for it are sold on Craigslist for a ridiculously small amount. All the while, it has a cult following, with a fanbase large and dedicated enough to spawn the very popular "Chronic Cons".
  • Did Not Get the Girl/Ship Sinking: While Strike Back ended with Justice headed for prison and Jay promising to wait for her, in this movie Justice is married to another woman and, despite Jay being her daughter's father, considers him to not be dad material.
  • Gender Flip:
    • In-universe example: Chronic in the Bluntman and Chronic reboot is now female, played by a fictional version of Melissa Benoist.
    • Milly and Soapy are also the female version of Jay and Silent Bob.
  • Generation Xerox: Like Jay, Milly is into weed and has a silent sidekick. And just like Silent Bob, Soapy also gets her own "one phrase per movie" moment. They even cosplay as Jay and Silent Bob at the con.
  • Literal Split Personality: At the Chronic Con, there's a Walt Flanagan at the Comic Book Men panel and a Walt Flanagan 2 at the Clerks panel seen immediately afterwards.
  • Mirror Routine: Silent Bob does this on Kevin Smith.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Subverted with the friendly Jihad.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The film itself is a sequel instead of a reboot.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The scene with the Klansmen, where Silent Bob distracts them with an improvised speech and Jay discreetly sneaks behind to detach the girls seems really out of character for both: one could bet that if one of the girls wasn't Jay's daughter, Jay and Silent Bob's roles would have been reversed.
  • Punny Name: Judge Jerry N. Executioner.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Thanks to the rise of Redbox and streaming, nobody rents from video stores anymore and RST Video has closed up shop. The Mall from Mallrats is also dying, hence why Brodie moved his comic shop in there for the cheaper rent.
    • Smoking weed recreationally is still very illegal in several states. Jay and Silent Bob’s driver is taken in by the police as soon as they see him smoking a joint the two gave him.
    • As Jay learns when he meets Justice eighteen years later, having been madly in love doesn't mean a couple can't drift apart, and a partner who might have seemed like a perfect match a couple of decades prior can become not much more than a funny story to tell if the other party has a change in priorities in the meantime.
  • The Reveal: Turns out it was Jay and Silent Bob who’ve been putting gum into the Quick Stop’s locks for shits and giggles. Also doubles as probably the longest payoff for a Brick Joke ever.
  • Running Gag:
    • Silent Bob hitting keys on his phone like he’s writing a big message when it’s always just an oversized emoji.
    • Jay mistaking Kevin Smith for Kevin James
    • Nobody in the movie seems to be able to say any variation of "(name) V (name)" without making the V sign.
    • Regular offhand comments on Jay aging poorly compared to Silent Bob, to which Jay often reacts defensively.
  • Self-Deprecation: Smith pulls no punches against himself and his works. Of note, Cop Out, Tusk, and Yoga Hosers get mocked repeatedly, and even Milly (played by Smith’s own daughter) takes shots at him.
  • Silent Bob: Four in this movie, each one for a different reason: (one of them also uses this trope to mask a heavy Russian accent)
    • The Trope Namer, who consciously chooses to speak as little as possible.
    • Soapy, who is deaf and mostly communicates with either ASL or basic gestures.
    • Shan Yu, who does not speak English.
    • Val Kilmer, who portrays a character based on the Trope Namer and only appears in the movie as the character.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Jay's daughter's name, Milly, is short for Millennium Falcon.
    • The Bluntman and Chronic reboot is titled Bluntman v Chronic.
    • Shan Yu's name is a hilarious shout out to the villain of Mulan. Doubles as Meaningful Name, given The Reveal that she's not actually Chinese (like how Mulan wasn't actually a man) but is really a Russian spy trying to sabotage Bluntman v Chronic (i.e. the villain).
    • Jay and Silent Bob stealing an unpleasant jerk named Underhill's credit card is taken directly from Fletch.
    • Silent Bob's line this time around is a Glengarry Glen Ross-inspired speech, which he does to distract the Klansmen while Jay comes to the rescue.
    • Tommy Chong as Alfred says the reboot went Up in Smoke.
  • Splash of Color: Inverted when the duo come across the Clerks panel at the convention: All the panelists are in Black-and-White... and so are Jay and Silent Bob!
  • Spy Catsuit: invoked Jay and Silent Bob speculate that, just like Justice and her gang previously, Milly and her friends must be wearing these beneath their clothes. Shan Yu actually is, provoking an I Knew It! reaction from Jay.
  • Take That, Audience!: Jay and Brodie muse over who would be dumb enough to pay for a rehash of Jay and Silent Bob. They then turn to the viewers with cheeky grins and Jay flipping them off.
  • Technologically Blind Elders: Silent Bob not knowing what the eggplant emoji means almost gets him in trouble (and inadvertently laid).
  • Took a Level in Badass: While they were pretty badass in Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob were very much less so in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, where they spent the movie's big fight/shootout scene covering behind some scenery, talking with Banky. Here however, they are back in shape during the brawl against the Cock-knockers, with Jay leading the charge and Silent Bob using the Iron Bob costume to fight as a bulletproof one-man army.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Grant Hicks is alive and well after the evens of Dogma. Presumably, he (and everybody else) was resurrected when God cleaned up the street after Bartleby and Loki's rampage.
    • Averted with Loki, who explained at length why he was still hanging around Earth after Bartleby supposedly killed him.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Despite the in-universe audience apparently knowing what Jay and Silent Bob look like, as evidenced by the "Snootchie Bootchies and Equality" t-shirt with a realistic drawing of the pair, nobody at the Chronic Con bats an eye when they show up to the con in person. Justified, as people seem to think they are cosplayers.

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