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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.
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 fact that they're fathers!
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.
This film reboots examples of:
- Actor Allusion: Done deliberately with the angel Loki (Or should I say, Bourne-Again Identity!) and Holden McNeil (Hes gone, girl.)
- The 15 Bucks, Little Man song comes up again.
- 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.
- Continuity Reboot: The film revolves around an in-universe reboot for Bluntman and Chronic. The movie itself is a sequel.
- Gender Flip: In-universe example. Chronic in the Bluntman and Chronic reboot is now a female, played by a fictional version of Melissa Benoist.
- Non-Indicative Name: The film itself is a sequel instead of a reboot.
- Reality Ensues:
- Thanks to the rise of Redbox and streaming, nobody rents from video stores anymore and RST Video has closed up shop.
- Smoking weed recreationally is still very illegal in several states. Jay and Silent Bobs driver is taken in by the police as soon as they see him smoking a joint the two gave him.
- The Reveal: Turns out it was Jay and Silent Bob whove been putting gum into the Quick Stops locks for shits and giggles.
- Running Gag: Silent Bob hitting keys on his phone like hes writing a big message when its always just an oversized emoji.
- 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 Smiths own daughter) takes shots at him.
- 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 pretty much a hilarious shout out to the villain of Mulan
- 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.
- 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 were Jay and Silent Bob!
- 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.