As every cable-TV obsessive knows, the creators of "Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back" are getting as much on-air time as the Chandra Levy-Gary Condit story.
Tune in to any of the talking-head shows and you'll see writer-director-actor Kevin Smith or one of his cast-cronies musing about the latest (and thankfully last) installment of Smith's "New Jersey Chronicles."
You can safely infer from all of this exposure that one vacuous set simply enjoys discussing and promoting the "creative" works of another empty-headed set. What else could explain television's collective servitude to one of the worst movies to arrive at theaters in a long, long time?
Smith's body of work -- first there was "Clerks," then "Mallrats," "Chasing Amy," "Dogma" and now "Jay and Silent Bob" -- is a series of parodies on just about everything under the sun.
Some of it even works but most of it is inspired by a lowbrow sense of humor inspired by the prurient interests of the "Chronicles'" creator: vulgar language, lewd sex acts -- and body sounds that guarantee snickers from a gathering of first-graders.
These elements, of course, appear over and over again in "Jay and Silent Bob," along with cameo appearances by many who have showed up in Smith's previous film contributions: Ben Affleck, George Carlin, Carrie Fisher and many others.
Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) have appeared in the backdrop of other "Chronicles" installments, but they are front and center in the latest. They wear out their welcome in the early minutes and the film goes down hill from there.
Angered by Hollywood attempts to make a movie about their comic book alter egos Bluntman and Chronic, Jay and Bob head to L.A. to put a stop to it, leaving the ratty malls of New Jersey behind.
Along the way, they encounter a number of supposedly humorous characters and situations, including Carlin as a drug-toasted hitchhiker and Fisher as a Bible-thumping nun.
Once they arrive in Tinseltown, the film, as story-less as it is, unrolls a series of parodies on a variety of television shows and movie productions, as well as many of the actors who have played in them. And that's about it. Ho hum.
The good news is that Smith has assured the cable television audience that "Jay and Silent Bob" will be the last of the New Jersey series. He's ready to move on to something else, he says. But please, Kevin, run, don't walk.
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