The A-Z of Film

J = Jay and Silent Bob

It’s Jay and Silent Bob for my next instalment of the A-Z of film. As a result you may read some naughty words. If you are easily offended, please read the words as ‘funk’ and ‘ship’ instead of ‘fuck’ and ‘shit.’ Problem solved!

‘Jay and Silent Bob are fucking clown shoes.’ Those were the words that came out of my now wife’s mouth when I used the chat up line, ‘I hear you like Kevin Smith films.’ This was followed by ‘Well, look at these morose motherfuckers. Looks like somebody shit in their cereal. Bong!’ and ”but Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms.’ That was over ten years ago and a day doesn’t go by without at least one of us quoting a Kevin Smith film.

I was born in 1983, so I was definitely in the right age range for Jay and Silent Bob growing up. My first experience of this crazy duo was Mallrats which I found one night on Cable TV. I would have only been around 13 at the time and a lot of the jokes went over my head but ‘say, would you like a chocolate coated pretzel?’

The film blew me away, and I could really relate to Willam. I’ve never once been able to see a magic eye picture. ‘A schooner is a sailboat stupid idiot.’ ‘You know what? There is no Easter bunny! Over there, that’s just a guy in a suit.’

It wasn’t really till 1999 that full on Kevin Smith obsession kicked in. I watched Dogma at the cinema and everything changed. I hunted out Kevin’s previous work. I think within a couple of weeks I’d seen Clerks and Chasing Amy. This would have also been around the time I discovered Dazed and Confused, but that’s a different story.

For the next ten years Kevin Smith films were a staple of my life, and when I met my now wife and she shared my enthusiasm for the man, I knew we were meant to be together. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is one of those films we watch at least a couple of times a year, and without fail, will have me crying with laughter. It also taught me what a 10-82 is.

Not surprisingly, we will be front of the queue when Jay and Silent Bob Reboot comes out later this year. I can’t wait. Snootchie bootchie!

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