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Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    It's gratifying to see a comedy can have no redeeming social value yet be full of hearty laughs.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A hit-or-miss affair that starts out wobbly and then gathers comic momentum.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Whether you will like Jay and Silent Bob depends on who you are. Most movies are made for everybody. Kevin Smith's movies are either made specifically for you, or specifically not made for you.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 17+

Kevin Smith fans will enjoy, but not for younger viewers.

What 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.

  • 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.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Comic peril.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Extremely graphic sexual references.

  • language false5

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

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters are drug dealers; frequent drug references.