Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Raunchy humor, cursing, and drugs in slacker sequel.
  • R
  • 2019
  • 105 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

A character says, "Failure is success training." Aside from this, no real positive messages. Characters reconcile and reconnect, but much of that is lost in the raw humor, innuendo, and marijuana smoking. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

No positive role models. Like Jay and Silent Bob, teens smoke marijuana, curse, make constant sexual references and gestures. 

Violence

Police officer points a gun at the head of one of the characters. Reckless driving. Attempted lynching by the KKK broken up by lead characters driving into it, knocking over some port-o-johns, and spraying fecal matter on them while peeling out. 

Sex

Constant references to sex. Much of the humor is rooted in sex or sexual innuendo. Names of fast food restaurants, names of apps, character handles on Grindr are all jokes based on sexual innuendo or entendre. Teen girl talks about the sex devices she owns. Two women joke about, and have a nickname for, one of the character's small penis and how it doesn't take him long to ejaculate during sex. References to masturbation, oral sex. Female meteorologist on the news talks about the rain in the forecast in a way that implies sexual arousal. Silent Bob inadvertently ends up having casual sex with a manager in a fast food restaurant. Teen girls go into detail about their desires to have sex with a certain celebrity. After eating an extremely strong marijuana edible, Jay wakes up on a country road, face down in Silent Bob's crotch. 

Language

Constant profanity throughout. Basically, every curse word you can think of is used in this movie. "F--k" used a lot. "Motherf---er" used a few times. "N" word used by African American character. Middle finger. Gesture used to represent oral sex. References to sex as innuendo or entendre throughout. 

Consumerism

Hot Topic store briefly shown. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lead characters are on their way to a Bluntman and Chronic-themed convention. Lots of marijuana smoking from adults and teens. One of the lead characters holds two large marijuana plants. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is a 2019 comedy in which the two characters travel across the country to Hollywood to stop a Bluntman and Chronic reboot. Besides the meta jokes and references to other movies, much of the humor, like previous movies directed by Kevin Smith, is raunchy. Profanity is constant -- any curse word you can imagine is used at some point, including frequent use of "f--k" and its variations. Use of the "N" word. Sexual innuendo and entendre are a frequent source of the humor, including the names of fast food restaurants and apps. Teen character talks about the sexual devices she owns. Teen girls go into detail about wanting to have sex with a certain celebrity. Adults and teens smoke a lot of marijuana. Strongly implied that Silent Bob has sex in the bathroom of a fast food restaurant with the manager. If you've seen previous Kevin Smith-directed movies, such as Clerks, you should have a good idea of what to expect in terms of the humor, story, characters, and dialogue. 

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What's the story?

In the JAY AND SILENT BOB REBOOT, Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) have just been busted by the police for growing and possessing marijuana. A lawyer they've never met gets their case dismissed, but in exchange, the lawyer, who represents a movie studio, had the pair sign contracts that gave up the intellectual property to their names, thus allowing a reboot of Bluntman and Chronic. Now the two must drive from New Jersey to Hollywood to stop this reboot. While stopping off in Chicago, Jay sees an ex-girlfriend, Justice, on television as a local news meteorologist. Paying a surprise visit to Justice's house and hoping to reconnect, Jay instead learns that he's the father of Milly, now a teen attending private school. Justice asks Jay not to reveal his identity to Milly. When her mom leaves, Milly forces Jay and Silent Bob to give her and her friends a ride to Hollywood in order to attend the same Comicon where the final scene of Bluntman and Chronic is to be filmed. As they travel across the country and get into a series of misadventures, Jay finds himself more and more wrapped up in the idea of fatherhood as Milly reveals the pain she feels over never knowing who her father was. When they arrive at Comicon, Jay is faced with a choice: to either do what he and Silent Jay had originally intended to do, or to reveal who he is to Milly and try to make up for lost time. 

Is it any good?

This will most likely work best for those who already enjoy Kevin Smith's movies and the "View Askewniverse" he has created over the course of nearly 30 years. The raw humor, innuendo, weed smoking, self awareness, and cameo after cameo of celebrities and characters from Smith films past are in abundance. The most interesting aspect of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot , and one that gets lost in the frenzy of profanity and jokes centered on sex or weed, is the relationship that develops between Jay and Milly, the troubled teen daughter he never knew he had. It's almost impossible to imagine after seeing Clerks that a character like Jay could possibly evolve past the basic two-dimensional parody he was back then, but here we are. 

There's nothing particularly groundbreaking about this movie, and you can rest assured that everyone involved seems to realize how ridiculous the story is. By this point, you're either a fan of Smith's sensibility or you aren't. It's hard to imagine Jay and Silent Bob Reboot winning over any new fans, but for those who have enjoyed Smith's previous movies and the world he has created, there are plenty of rewards in the characters who reappear and in the characters who seem to grow as much as they're growing old.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about profanity in movies. How is cursing used for the sake of humor, or to reveal the way a character thinks, acts, and speaks? 

  • How does Jay and Silent Bob Reboot find humor in self awareness, in making references to other movies, or in the differences between generations?

  • Director Kevin Smith has a distinctive style. Who are some other directors who have an identifiable style to their movies?

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