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Trailer Drops For Kevin Smith’s ‘Jay And Silent Bob Reboot’

Yesterday afternoon, right as Comic-Con was getting underway for 2019, Kevin Smith went on Twitter and showcased what he’s been working on since his heart attack. Yes, we now finally have our first look at his return to the cinematic universe he created, with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. Not only that, it’s a Red Band, with plenty of foul language intact. Fans of the filmmaker (which, as you all know by now, includes myself in a big way) can rejoice at Smith playing with his View Askew toys once again, and for this sequel, he’s bringing in some big guns. You can see the Trailer for yourself at the end of this post, but of course, we have to discuss it a bit first…

The movie is, obviously, a sequel to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, as well as a satire of how Hollywood reboots all intellectual property these days. The synopsis, brief as it may be, comes from IMDb: “Jay and Silent Bob return to Hollywood to stop a reboot of ‘Bluntman and Chronic’ movie from getting made.” Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) once saw a comic based on their lives turned into a film without their permission, which led them to storm Hollywood. Now, with a reboot on the horizon, they opt to do the same. Expect similar story beats, all while poking fun at just that element. Smith writes, directs, and edits, with cinematography by Yaron Levy, as well as a score from James L. Venable. As for the rest of the cast, it’s stacked, with appearances/cameos by Joey Lauren Adams, Ben Affleck, Melissa Benoist, Jason Biggs, Matt Damon, David Dastmalchian, Rosario Dawson, Shannon Elizabeth, Ralph Garman, Grant Gustin, Chris Hemsworth, Justin Long, Joe Manganiello, Kate Micucci, Craig Robinson, Harley Quinn Smith, James Van Der Beek, and plenty more, in all likelihood.

From the looks of the Trailer, the film is a love letter to the View Askewniverse that Smith created back in the 1990s. Characters from the entirety of Smith’s filmography show up in cameo appearances, much like with Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. In particular, it’s a glorious surprise to see that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon appear to pop up. The latter hasn’t appeared in a Smith work in some time, while the former seemed to have had a falling out with his one time favorite director to work with. Even if it’s only a momentary thing, fans of the filmmaker will rejoice in that bit of going the extra mile.

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot may function in a similar manner to Clerks II. Hear me out. Smith was accused of going back to the well there and trying to milk Clerks for an easy success. The film is just as funny, but it’s also deeper, carrying a message about growing up, as well as friendship. Here, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot won’t just rehash Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. After his heart attack, it’s fair to assume there will be elements here about embracing life. Furthermore, there appears to be a fatherhood element at play. It all adds up to something that should be more than just a quick little comedy sequel.

Here is how I would rank Smith’s filmography so far, in the lead up to Jay and Silent Bob Reboot this fall:

12. Cop Out
11. Yoga Hosers
10. Mallrats
9. Dogma
8. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
7. Tusk
6. Jersey Girl
5. Zack and Miri Make a Porno
4. Clerks II
3. Red State
2. Clerks
1. Chasing Amy

Here now is the Red Band Trailer for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, in all its foul mouthed glory:

Stay tuned for plenty more on Jay and Silent Bob Reboot between now and its fall release date!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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