Cinema Chance Cube, Episode 24: JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK

The Most Influential Film of the Past 20 Years

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It’s with a heavy sigh and a moderate cringe I report that Fate has finally decreed the boochies to be snoochy. This week brings you our battle royale with Kevin Smith’s 2001 road comedy Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back. Kevin (Kuhlman, not Smith) has been trying mightily to make us watch a movie by Kevin (Smith, not Kuhlman) for a considerable stretch of these last 24 episodes, and this time, Fate was in his corner.

This is a sprawling and shaggy discussion, as is appropriate for the movie itself. Kevin Smith has apparently never met a take he didn’t love with his whole ass, meaning this movie lands a gag about as often as it doesn’t. For every Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season that lands, there’s a gay joke or a Scooby-Doo gag that doesn’t. But overall, we had a fun time watching the movie, and a much better time goofing around for 2 hours. Highlights include our tribute to the heroic audiences of 2001, my story about a play rehearsal I ruined in college because of this movie, and Shannon’s film school experience getting annoyed by Kevin Smith fans.

Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back beat out the other Kevin Smith movie (thank you, Alanis Morissette) Yoga Hosersas well as crushing my new bit, where each week I’m picking one of Jim Varney’s American treasures and a classic Samurai film. I picked the oft-referenced Ernest Scared Stupid, as well as Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance. Shannon rounded out the Cube with Argento’s 1985 Jennifer Connelly vehicle Phenomenaand the mostly-forgotten 2009 sci-fi/horror movie Pandorum. 

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