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Jay and Bob hit the funny bone; friday films.

Byline: Stephen Johnson

THERE'S nothing more subjective than comedy.

A pie in the face to one is pure hilarity, to another, simply puerile.

Foul-mouthed Jay and Silent Bob are two stoner characters that have cropped up on the edges of all of Kevin Smith's previous four films.

A pair of dopey drug dealers who are dumb going on stupid, steeped in street culture; what sets these two apart from, say, Bill and Ted, is the sense that they are not too far removed from reality.

The undynamic duo, banned from selling drugs outside the local convenience store, discover that a cartoon strip based on them, Bluntman and Chronic, is being turned into a film and that there's not chance of them getting any money - they also chance upon the internet and find that they are being bad mouthed by film nerds.

So they set off to Hollywood to prevent the filming and have a big adventure.

It is a road movie which mocks other films - Charlie's Angels, Good Will Hunting and Planet of the Apes - as well as all of Smith's back catalogue.

In particular, Smith pulls off the trick of satirising dumb teen flicks that have been so fashionable in recent years, by making a dumb gross out movie of his own, using the dumber elements of recent blockbusters.

It's the funniest film I have seen this year, but whether or not it will win over those not already familiar with Jay and Bob, is another thing. My money is on it joining Amelie as a surprise hit of the year.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back opens in Cardiff UGC and other cinemas, tonight, Friday November 30.


JAY TALKING The undynamic duo
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 30, 2001
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