I used to think there were only two groups of people: those who loved Kevin Smith and would watch any of his movies no matter what the reviews say, and those who have no interest in his films. Over the past decade, a third group has emerged, one I identify with: those of us who loved his early films, but grew up and away from Smith's View Askewniverse.
In Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, the fictional Bluntman and Chronic (a film based on a comic based on Jay and Silent Bob) is being rebooted, and the two stoners decide to travel from New Jersey to Hollywood and try to stop a Jay and Silent Bob film from being made. If this sounds familiar, that's because in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, the pair also traveled from New Jersey to Hollywood to try and stop a Jay and Silent Bob film from being made. The entire joke of the film is that it's a reboot, in which J&SB attempt to prevent a reboot from being made.
After the collapse of Clerks III (which has since found new legs) and a failure to sell Mallrats as a series, Smith wrote Jay and Silent Bob Reboot as a farewell, and as such the film is packed full of cameos and callbacks. Viewers who aren't deeply vested in Smith's universe won't get half the references. When everyone gets in a van, that's funny, because back in 2001, all the characters also rode in a van! When a character appears in a black leather suit, that's also funny, because back in 2001, different characters also wore black leather suits! See how this works?
Along the way Jay discovers that is the father of an 18 year old girl named Millennium Falcon, played by (of course) Smith's real life daughter, Harley Quinn. Five minutes after Smith tells the audience all reboots must be updated to include diversity, "Millie" along with her three friends -- one black, one Asian, and one Iranian -- join the train wreck.
There's a bunch of dirty jokes and distractions before the crew arrive in Hollywood at Chronic-Con to attempt to prevent the filming of Bluntman v Chronic, but you already know what you need to know by now -- are you loyal a fan of Smith's work, are you not, or are you, like, someone who got too old to enjoy one hour and 45 minutes worth of dick and fart (and joint) jokes? View accordingly.
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