Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back



Kevin Smith fans will enjoy, but not for younger viewers.
Parents recommend
  • Review Date: May 6, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2001
  • Running Time: 104 minutes

What parents need to know


Comic peril.


Extremely graphic sexual references.


Extreme, including homophobic insults and vivid and graphic sexual references.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters are drug dealers; frequent drug references.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that like all of Smith's movies, this has the strongest possible vulgar and profane dialogue, including drug use and very explicit sexual references. Smith has been criticized by gay activists for some homophobic dialogue and agreed to pay a fine and put explanatory language in the credits. He notes, however, that the comments are made by people who are not intended in any way to be role models, and that these comments are just one example of behavior that makes this very clear. One female character does point out to the completely clueless Jay that women do not like to be called "bitches." It is clear, though, that Jay is ignorant, not mean-spirited. Indeed, despite his nonstop monologue of vulgarity, it is clear that Jay is really very sweet, even tender-hearted. And a brief flashback shows us that the only reason he talks that way is that he never heard anything better from his mother.

What's the story?

Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (played by screenwriter/director Smith) are two small-time drug dealers who spend their lives hanging out in front of the convenience store that provided the setting for Smith's first film, Clerks. In his third film, Cashing Amy, it turned out that they were the inspiration for the offbeat superhero stars of a successful comic book created by the lead characters (played by Ben Affleck and Jason Lee). In the latest installment, Jay and Silent Bob find out that there is going to be a movie based on the comic book, and they go to Hollywood to stop the production. Along the way, they run into the Scooby-Doo gang, a minivan of gorgeous girls and a guy with a guitar who say that they are on their way to protest animal testing, just about every character from the previous four movies, and many of today's hottest young stars, happy to show everyone that they are not taking themselves too seriously.

Is it any good?


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 Kevin 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. Smith fans will have a lot of fun -- and even more when the DVD comes out and they can add another layer of arcania and in-jokes.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the real-life Jason Mewes might feel being turned into the movie's Jay, and Smith, who puts such rich dialogue into the mouths of other characters, created a silent character for himself.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 24, 2001
DVD release date:February 26, 2002
Cast:Ben Affleck, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith
Director:Kevin Smith
Run time:104 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:nonstop crude and sexual humor, pervasive strong language, and drug content

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Adult Written byAshnak April 9, 2008


This movie is just offensive and only a little bit funny
Teen, 14 years old Written byCWG1 September 18, 2013

So funny, but has some crude scenes

Great movie, and very funny, but some will find this offensive and down-right stupid. It contains from start to end non-stop language that is used for name-calling, sexually, etc. There are some crude sexual terms along with the language, and these get crude. A few butts, and a scene where Jay gets an erection which is played for laughs. There are lots of Drug references and some use of them in this movie, but this is a stoner-ish type movie. Mature 12.
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bykayvan_922 April 17, 2009
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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