Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
When Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) are finally forced to stop hanging out by the Quick-Stop by a restraining order, they discover that a movie based on the comic that's based on them, Bluntman and Chronic, is in production. While the duo is shocked to learn that they won't be getting any money from the film, they're more horrified that people on the Internet are badmouthing them and the franchise. So Jay and Silent Bob set out for Hollywood to find a way to stop the movie from getting made so people will stop saying mean things on the Internet.
Along the way, they hook up with a group of women who are actually superthieves, but convince Jay and Silent Bob that they're animal activists; the four women convince the duo to break into an animal-testing clinic and free all the animals inside, and use that as a distraction to break into a diamond vault and rob it blind. From that point, Hilarity Ensues as Jay and Silent Bob run from the law with a stolen orangutan as they continue on their way to Hollywood.
- Accidental Hug
- Acting for Two: Jason Lee reprises his roles as Brodie (Mallrats) and Banky (Chasing Amy), while Ben Affleck plays both Holden McNeil (from Chasing Amy) and, amusingly enough, himself.
- Action Girl: The four female thieves Jay and Silent Bob hook up with (Sissy, Missy, Chrissy, and Justice).
- Actor Allusion: Mark Hamill has a
lightbongsaber battle, and loses his hand. "Not again." Jay also asks Jason Biggs if he got to third base with "that Russian chick" from American Pie who was played by Shannon Elizabeth, Jay's love interest here. Many, many other examples.
"Don't fuck with the Jedi master, son."
- Adam Westing: Ben Affleck, Mark Hamill and a whole slew of other Hollywood personalities poke fun at themselves.
- Alliteration: "The tenor of Tinsletown is one of terror today..."
- Age Cut: The opening sequence.
- Animals Lack Attributes: Averted hard in one deleted scene spoofing Scooby Doo
- Aside Glance: Three of them, including one from Kevin Smith right after the quote at the top of this page.
- Black Comedy Rape: Implied.
Jason Biggs: It's me! Jason Biggs! I was the piefucker!
Security Guard: Well, soon you'll be the pie.
- Brick Joke: A hitchhiker, towards the beginning of the film, advises Jay and Silent Bob to offer to go down on potential drivers to get rides. It...doesn't work...with the nun... When the two finally arrive in Hollywood, nearer the tail end of the film, Jay can be "seen" going down on the hot woman who gave them a lift.
- Silent Bob gives the monkey the tranquilizer gun. The monkey later uses it to shoot Will Ferrell's character.
- But You Screw One Goat!: Jay asks Sean William Scott's character if he would, as a goat, have sex with a sheep. When he agrees, Jay throws him out of the van while moving. (Mostly because Jay wanted to be alone with the girls).
- The Cameo: Plenty of them, including several characters from past View Askewniverse films.
- As well as Kevin Smith's daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, who plays the baby version of Silent Bob at the beginning of the film.
- Paul Dini
- One that might have slipped under your radar: the pizza delivery boy who gets it on with the hot female thieves was Joe Quesada.
- Gee, I guess now we know why he thinks being stuck in an adolescent phase of life and not having a wife would be so much more interesting.
- Cat Fight: played for perfect laughs after building up both of the film's Action Girls to a ridiculous degree--it degrades for a moment into slaps and hair pulling--to Jay and Silent Bob's delight.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Jay is a walking CFB, but other characters get to join in on the fun, too; the word is said 248 times over the course of the film.
"Mother-mother-fuck, mother-mother-fuck-fuck, motherfuck, motherfuck, noich-noich-noich..."
- Comedic Sociopathy
- Conspiracy Theorist: Jay's very strange super monkey theory.
- And don't forget "The C.L.I.T" - according to Will Ferrell's character, it's the "Coalition for Liberation of Itinerant Tree-dwellers", and pressure needs to be put on the C.L.I.T.
- As he mentions, it's a tiny offshoot of the L.A.B.I.A. (Liberate Apes Before Imprisoning Apes) movement.
- And don't forget "The C.L.I.T" - according to Will Ferrell's character, it's the "Coalition for Liberation of Itinerant Tree-dwellers", and pressure needs to be put on the C.L.I.T.
- Continuity Cavalcade: The entire film qualifies, but special mention goes to the penultimate scene, which features Dante Hicks, Randal Graves, Willam Black, Steve-Dave Pulasti, Walt the Fanboy, Tricia Jones, Alicia Jones, Banky Edwards, and Hooper LaMante. All but Dante, Randal and Banky are making their first appearances in the film.
- Continuity Nod: These seem to be the film's only purpose:
Quick Stop Customer: Are you even supposed to be here today?
Dante: Don't get me started.
- Later in the film, Dante exclaims "I'm not even supposed to be here today!" during Jay's super-monkey Imagine Spot, while having his brain experimented on by super-apes. And the Quick Stop looks exactly the same as in Clerks, right down to the shoe-polish sign and the same ancient TV.
- The number 37 appears twice in the film--once when the jewel thieves are celebrating their 37th heist, and again during the shooting of Bluntman and Chronic ("Scene 37, Take 1").
- When everyone comes out of the premiere of Bluntman & Chronic at the end, Willam Black (the Scott Mosier version) can be seen looking at the lights lighting the overhang of the theater. He says "That's beautiful, man"...exactly as he did when he first appeared in Clerks.
Brodie: Here's the pulse. The hand is on the pulse. Here's your hand, far away from the pulse, shoved straight up your ass! Would you like a chocolate-covered pretzel?
- The above doubles as a reference to the first episode of Clerks the Animated Series, in which the wholly ignorant Randal claims to have his "hand on the pulse of the community."
- Silent Bob is finally able to use the Force after trying so hard in Mallrats.
- Steve-Dave and Walt the Fanboy do their usual schtick coming out of the Bluntman & Chronic premiere...Steve-Dave asks Walt to stop it.
- And of course, virtually the entire plot is the explanation for why Jay and Silent Bob had a monkey in The Stinger of Mallrats.
- Brodie is seen running a comic book store, even though at the end of Mallrats he went on to host the Tonight Show. There is a large poster in the store of a Variety article with the title "Brody Bolts" indicating that he left the show of his own accord.
- Chasing Amy:
Holden: It's times like these I really miss dating a lesbian.
- And later, on the set of the Bluntman and Chronic film, the director tells Banky he's a tracer, not an inker, and that no one ever had the heart to tell him.
- The first few bars of the Chasing Amy theme (Dave Pirner's "Tube Of Wonderful") plays when Jay and Silent Bob go visit Holden.
- Holden's first words to Jay and Silent Bob when they show up mirrors Jay's line to Holden at the beginning of his scene in Chasing Amy: "Look at these morose motherfuckers right here. Looks like someone took a shit in their cereal." (This even receives a Lampshade Hanging in a deleted scene; Holden says he's been waiting years to deliver the line.)
Jay: The whole fucking world's against us, man, swear to God!
- Jay drops a surprisingly subtle one towards the beginning of the film:
"You don't know "Jungle Love"? That shit is the mad notes. Written by God herself and sent down to the greatest band in the world -- The motherfucking Time!"
- Judd Nelson, who had received praise from Jay for his performance in The Breakfast Club as the only part Jay found watchable ("that dude was fucking harsh"), appears here as a Utah sheriff.
- The Buddy Christ from Dogma appears on the dashboard of a nun who gives Jay and Silent Bob a lift.
- Jay and Silent Bob met the girl gang at a Moobie's.
- The Stinger shows God in a white void closing a book labeled "View Askewniverse," smiling and giggling all the while.
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: "All you motherfuckers are gonna pay. You are the ones who are the ball-lickers. We're gonna fuck your mothers while you watch and cry like little whiny bitches. Once we get to Hollywood and find those Miramax fucks who are making that movie, we're gonna make 'em eat our shit, then shit out our shit, then eat their shit which is made up of our shit that we made 'em eat. Then all you motherfucks are next. Love, Jay and Silent Bob."
- Dead Baby Comedy
- Defictionalization: Moviepoopshoot.com was live for a while, and posted new content after the movie's run. It was later Quick Stop Entertainment, tying in with the c-store of the narrative of the saga (it's now called Fred Entertainment and is owned by Ken Plume, editor in chief of the former Quick Stop Entertainment). Brodie's comic shop is actually Kevin Smith's, in Red Bank, New Jersey.
- Description Cut: Justice claims that Jay "has manners", whereupon we immediately see Jay screaming obscenities at passersby.
"Yo baby, you ever had your asshole licked by a fat man in an overcoat!?"
- Discontinuity Nod: Jason Biggs, having not read the script, mistakenly refers to Jay as "Ray". When ABC tried to turn Clerks into a TV show in the 1990s, Smith tried to prevent it from happening by exploiting his ownership of Jay (Silent Bob was not in the pilot.) ABC responded by changing the character's name to Ray. (The pilot in question was not for Clerks the Animated Series, which--unlike this pilot--was animated, and kept the cast of the original film as well as Smith and Mosier on board.)
- Doing It For The Fans: Kevin Smith has gone on record saying the movie is a love letter to the fans after all the years of support for his work, which is why he tried to work in as many references to all previous films he could and centered the entire movie around Jay and Silent Bob in the first place.
- Dramatic Irony: Two instances of the comedic variety. In one scene, the titular duo are posing as extras on a movie set and receive these instructions from the director...
Director: Nobody talk. (to Bob) Especially not you.
Jay: (to Bob) That's pretty funny.
- The second instance is on the set of the Bluntman and Chronic film. See Continuity Nod above.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys
- Expy: Jon Stewart as a straight-man news anchor.
- Fandom Nod: More like Hatedom nod. The poster to whom Jay makes his epic threat listed under Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon is named "Magnolia Fan," after a user on Kevin Smith's website that started a massive Flame War over Smith's negative review of that film.
- Fan Service: Eliza Dushku, Ali Larter, Shannon Elizabeth and Jennifer Schwallbach-Smith at various points during the film.
- Fun with Acronyms: The C.L.I.T. - Coalition for Liberation of Itinerant Tree-dwellers
- And the L.A.B.I.A. - Liberate Apes Before Imprisoning Apes
- Gasshole: One of the girls flatulence is so loud it triggers a security system.
- Groin Attack
Jay: Why do they call you "cockknocker?"
Mark Hamill as Cockknocker: Actually, it's a funny story -true story, by the way- *BOOOM*
- Heroic Sacrifice: Justice giving herself up to clear Jay and Silent Bob's names.
- Heterosexual Life Partners: Well, DUH.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Spoofed openly with Mark Hamill's appearance in the film.
LOOK KIDS, IT'S MARK HAMILL! [applause]
- And Carrie Fischer as a nun. This was the first time since Return of the Jedi that she appeared in a film with Mark Hamill.
- In a blink and you miss it cameo, Paul Dini as a clapboard operator for the Bluntman and Chronic movie.
- How Do You Like Them Apples?: "Applesauce, Bitch."
- Ho Yay: Jay likes to constantly remind everyone within earshot that he likes the ladies, then he or Silent Bob says or does something suggesting that he is deep deep in the closet. Silent Bob is guilty, too, only he doesn't say much or deny much.
- The Internet Is for Porn And For Bitching About Movies.
Holden: The Internet is a communication tool used the world over where people can come together to bitch about movies and share pornography with one another.
- Critic Roger Ebert comments "This is a much more sophisticated idea of the Net than we find in high-tech cyberthrillers, where the Net is a place that makes your computer beep a lot."
- Internet Tough Guy: Subverted in that Jay and Bob have never been on the internet before, and have no concept of GIFT or what a Troll is and take the trash talk seriously. They also subvert the hell out of this trope by actually going around the country to beat the crap out of all the bratty kids who insulted them.
- Jurisdiction Friction: Willenholly is constantly barging onto major crime scenes shouting about how he has the jurisdiction because animals were somehow involved, which falls under his remit as a Federal Wildlife Marshall. This causes resentment from the local authorities... less because of the jurisdiction tension than the fact that he's a complete idiot.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Those nice people and their dog in the big green van look awfully familiar...
- Malcolm Xerox: Chaka Luther King (Chris Rock) as the director.
- Meaningful Name: Arguably, Justice.
- Meganekko: Justice; in fact, it was Shannon Elizabeth's idea for the character to wear glasses ("Justice is blind").
- Mistaken for Terrorist
- Money, Dear Boy: In-Universe, Gus Van Sant, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon reasoning for doing Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season, and especially Van Sant who is seen counting his stash of money while not directing.
- Mythology Gag: A subtle one has Jay wearing a Berserker shirt.
- Never Live It Down: Jason Biggs, In-Universe. - "It's never 'Oh you were great in Loser.' It's always the fucking pie! I'm haunted by it!"
- New Media Are Evil: At least to Jay and Silent Bob, who are quite upset with the Internet in general when they learn what people are saying about them.
- They get their revenge at the end of the movie; they use money earned from likeness rights for Bluntman and Chronic to travel the country and beat up the people who badmouthed them.
- Noodle Incident: When the guard tells Silent Bob, "and then after, I want you to say 'Oh, what a lovely tea party.'"
- "Oh What a Lovely Tea Party" was also the name of the documentary about this film.
- Odd Name Out: Sissy, Missy, Chrissy, and Justice. Later on, after Justice's Heel Face Turn, one of the others says she knew something was up because Justice didn't fit the rhyme scheme.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: After the van explodes and Jay cries out JUSTICE to the sky, the chanting says "Justice is dead! Or so Jay thinks!"
- Ping-Pong Naivete: In Strike Back, Jay is confounded by the fact that you need a ticket to ride a cross-country Greyhound bus. But at the end of Chasing Amy (chronologically earlier), they take a bus to Illinois, and Jay makes direct reference to the tickets in Silent Bob's pocket. Must have been the weed.
- This was more of a bad cut (for time) than anything. The original scene would have had Jay and Silent Bob getting on the bus and riding in it for awhile before it's discovered that they're in the bathroom smoking a blunt (which is a reference to the Chasing Dogma comic book). The bus drops them off on the side of the road, where they meet George Carlin's hitchhiker character.
- Pizza Boy Special Delivery
- Production Posse: Since this was going to be the last View Askewniverse film, Kevin Smith got pretty much everyone who had even a minor role in the previous films to come back and at least make a cameo.
- Precision F-Strike: From Silent Bob, believe it or not.
The sign! On the back of the van! Said "Critters Of Hollywood!", YOU DUMB FUCK!
- Punny Name: Will Ferrell's character, Marshall Willenholly.
- Refuge in Audacity: Think about it: who doesn't this movie try to offend?
- Running Gag: "Boo Boo Kitty Fuck," the C.L.I.T, people calling Jay a little kid, Jay telling people Silent Bob will suck their dicks.
- Sir Swearsalot: Baby Jay's first word is "fuck", if that tells you anything about the kind of person he grows up into.
- Shout-Out: Again, plenty of them, usually working in tandem with the cameos.
- Here's an example of one of the less subtle ones:
Preppy Student: You're no longer the angry young mind you once were. You're just no longer that good... Will Hunting.
- Spy Catsuit
- Take That, Critics!: Played for Laughs with the final montage of Jay & Silent Bob beating up the people who poo-pooed them on the Internet.
- Take Your Time: Much is made of the "three days" that they have to make it to Los Angeles to stop the movie's production. New Jersey to Los Angeles in three days would be a brutal drive under normal circumstances, let alone all the hitchiking and adventures. Then that plot point is dropped about halfway through.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch: Several times, most notably: "call me Boo Boo Kitty Fuck, bitch!"
- Those Two Actors: Lampshaded with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.
Matt: Let's remember who talked who into doing this shit in the first place. Talking me into Dogma was one thing, but this...
Ben: Hey look, I'm sorry I dragged you away from whatever-gay-serial-killers-who-ride-horses-and-like-to-play-golf-touchy-feely-picture you're supposed to be doing this week.
Matt: I take it you haven't seen Forces of Nature?
Ben: You're like a child. What've I been telling you? You gotta do the safe picture. Then you can do the art picture. But then sometimes you gotta do the payback picture because your friend says you owe him.
Ben: And sometimes, you have to go back to the well.
Matt: And sometimes, you do Reindeer Games.
Ben: See, that's just mean.
- Unusual Euphemism: When Justice tells Jay that women don't like to be called bitches, and she asks him to call her something nice:
Jay: How about "Boo Boo Kitty Fuck"?
Justice: That's...a start.
- The View Askewniverse: As mentioned above, this was originally planned to be the last film in it; this fact is punctuated by God (Alanis Morrisette reprising her Dogma role) showing a page within a book that simply says "The End" before closing the book, which has "The View Askewniverse" on the cover. Kevin Smith notes in the bonus features for Clerks II that the "The End" page is actually in the middle of the book. Whether this was intentional or if Smith is covering his ass there is not given.
- If I remember correctly, Smith had no desire to do Clerks II at the time but was "leaving himself a backdoor" in case he decided to. So it may have been both.
- Kevin Smith did consider the series wrapped up, but with Jason Mewes' drug issues, eventually proclaimed that if Jason got clean, he'd get Clerks II off the ground.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: The eponymous characters are best friends and have been since childhood, but Jay insults Silent Bob basically constantly and Bob is always giving Jay looks of disapproval.
- Weird Trade Union: The Drug Dealers local.
- Who Would Want to Watch Us?: In addition to the page quote, Alyssa doesn't think anyone would be interested in a movie version of Chasing Amy.
- What the Hell, Casting Agency?: In-Universe, on the Bluntman and Chronic movie. Dante is not happy that he's being played by Judi Dench.
- You Fail Geography Forever: The editing of the movie suggests that Jay and Silent Bob hike from Boulder, CO to Utah with a stolen orangutan. This is a distance of over 300 miles, over the Rocky Mountains.