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Parents' Guide to

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Kevin Smith fans will enjoy, but not for younger viewers.

Movie R 2001 104 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 14+

I saw this when I was 13

The F word is used over 100 times during the span of an hour and 40 minutes. There's also a lot of sexual humor. Overall, I'd say it's probably a 14-16 depending on the kid.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.
age 15+

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (15 ):

Kevin Smith fans will have a lot of fun with this movie -- and even more when the DVD comes out and they can add another layer of arcania and in-jokes. If you don't already know who Jay and Silent Bob are, see Smith's other movies before you see this one. But hard-core Smith fans (I don't think there are any other kind) will find JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK just the movie they were waiting for. It's a love letter to his characters and to his fans, a sort of movie equivalent to the holiday greetings the Beatles used to send out to members of their fan club. Jay and Silent Bob is filled the cheery vulgarity, sweet sprit, deliriously crackpot dialogue, and cornecopia of arcane references to pop culture and to Smith's view askew world. In other words, it is the ultimate culmination of Smith's oeuvre. It either clears the decks and enables him to move on to something new, or it just paves the way for another round of Red Hook-based, self-referential little gems.

This movie is a sort of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (or The Wind Done Gone) of Smith's previous movies. He has taken two tangential characters who have appeared in all of the other films and given them their own movie. This is the kind of movie that has Ben Affleck say, "Who would pay to see a movie about Jay and Silent Bob?" and then turn toward the camera to give those of us who did a knowing wink. Everyone on screen makes fun of the movie, the characters, and themselves.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: August 24, 2001
  • On DVD or streaming: February 26, 2002
  • Cast: Ben Affleck , Jason Mewes , Kevin Smith
  • Director: Kevin Smith
  • Studio: Dimension
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 104 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: nonstop crude and sexual humor, pervasive strong language, and drug content
  • Last updated: June 2, 2023

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