Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Director/Writer:Kevin Smith
Dimension Films; R; 99 minutes
Cast:Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Ben Affleck

Kevin Smith's latest film, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back finds itself in the awkward position of attempting to spoof Hollywood with cameo appearances by marquee stars and the self-satisfied laziness that can only come from a well-paid director whose urgency has ebbed. This is dangerous water indeed: remember Woody Allen's Celebrity?

The road movie plot sees convenience store clerks Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (writer-director Smith) rush across the country in an eleventh-hour attempt to stop the cult cartoon based on them from being developed into a full-length feature. Appearances by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris Rock, Carrie Fisher, and others do not rescue this from becoming an underachieving high-schooler flick with Jay offering foul-mouthed commentary while Bob remains, well, silent. Against Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, the freshness of Chasing Amy and Dogma seem distant indeed.