About Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Directed and written by Kevin Smith, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is a comedy starring Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Ben Affleck, Eliza Dushku, Shannon Elizabeth, Will Ferrell, Ali Larter, Jason Lee, and Chris Rock. It was released in the year 2001.
When stoners Jay and Silent Bob demand royalties for the comic book that was made with their likenesses, they find out the rights to the comic are tied up with the movie that is being made about them. So they go on this road trip across America to stop the movie from being made because they don’t like the negative reception it’s receiving from online press. On the way they come across jewel thieves, hitchhikers, are mistaken for terrorists, and are pursued by a Wildlife Ranger.
Just like the name insinuates, there are many Hollywood movie references. Most notably of which are often Star Wars. After a recent viewing, I started to think of movies like Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back that are out there and have a similar sense of humor. Let me know what you think of the list below.
1. Clerks (1994)
Directed and Written by Kevin Smith, Clerks is a black-and-white comedy movie starring Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Jason Mewes and Lisa Spoonauer. It was released in the year 1994.
Clerks is presented in a “day in the life of” format of Quikstop employees and friends, Dante Hicks and Randal Graves, and the myriad of strange and unusual personalities who like to visit them. And then there’s the misadventures they manage to get up to – all while working at the Quikstop.
2. How High (2001)
Directed by Jesse Dylan, How High is a hilarious stoner comedy movie starring Method Man, Redman, Obba Babatundé, Mike Epps, Jeffrey Jones and Fred Willard. It was released in the year 2001.
How High follows Method Man and Redman’s characters, two pot users, who are visited by a dead friend who visits them after smoking his ashes. Their friend’s ghost then proceeds to help them succeed in their exams and receive scholarships to Harvard.
3. Freddy Got Fingered (2001)
Directed by Tom Green, Freddy Got Fingered is a black comedy movie that spotlights Green’s style of humor and stars Tom Green, Rip Torn, Marisa Coughlan, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Harland Williams, Anthony Michael Hall, and Julie Hagerty. It was released in the year 2001.
Freddy Got Fingered is about unemployed loser, Gord, who still lives with his parents at 28 years old. He then moves out, gets a girlfriend, and then moves back in with his parents after quitting his job at the cheese factory. Things are going well until he gets into an argument with his father he accuses his dad of fingering his younger brother “Freddy” and things quickly go from whack to full-blown crazy!
4. Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000)
Directed by Danny Leiner, Dude, Where’s My Car? is an absolutely bonkers comedy where everything that can go wrong does go wrong. It stars Ashton Kutcher, Seann William Scott, Kristy Swanson, Jennifer Garner, and Marla Sokoloff. It was released in the year 2000.
Dude, Where’s My Car? is about two roommates, Jesse and Chester, who wake up with hangovers only to find out their car is missing which sparks the iconic question “Dude, where’s my car?” The quest to track down their car involves a local arcade, a cannabis-loving dog named Jackal, a cult, and some extraterrestrials that the pair may or may not have slept with.
In the end, you’ll be happy to know the universe does not get destroyed, Jesse and Chester do not stay members of a cult and they do find their car.
Directed and written by Kevin Smith, Dogma is a supernatural comedy starring Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Salma Hayek, Jason Lee, Bud Cort, Jason Mewes, Alan Rickman, and Chris Rock. It was released in the year 1999.
Dogma is a satirical fantasy supernatural movie that pokes fun at Catholicism and Christianity as a whole. It follows two fallen angels, Bartleby and Loki, who scheme a way to get back into heaven and bring about the end of all creation (supposedly). And who else better to stop them than Jay and Silent Bob!?
6. Road Trip (2000)
Directed by Todd Phillips, Road Trip is a comedy about a college student named Josh who embarks on a road trip across the country with his friends to retrieve an embarrassing videotape he sent to his girlfriend. A videotape which may or may not show him cheating on her.
Along the way, they encounter a series of hilarious and unexpected challenges and adventures, as they race against time to reach their destination. The film is a coming-of-age comedy that explores themes of friendship, love, and growing up.
7. Pineapple Express (2008)
Directed by David Gordon Green, Pineapple Express is a stoner comedy film starring Seth Rogen, James Franco, Gary Cole, Rosie Perez, and Danny McBride. It was released in the year 2008.
Pineapple Express centers on Seth Rogen’s character, Dale Denton, and James Franco’s character, weed dealer Saul, who get chased by a bunch of hitmen and a corrupt cop – after they both witness a murder. Throughout the movie, Dale and Saul have their relationship tested in a variety of freak-out stoner situations, proving that if you’re gonna smoke a joint then try not to witness a murder at the same time.
8. Chasing Amy (1997)
Directed and written by Kevin Smith, Chasing Amy is a romantic comedy starring Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, and Joey Lauren Adams. It was produced and edited by Scott Mosier. It was released in the year 1997.
Holden McNeil is a comic book creator. He, along with his best friend Banky Edwards, made the Bluntman And Chronic series based on Jay and Silent Bob. Holden falls for another comic creator, Alyssa Jones, whose sexual history and experiences bring up a lot of negative feelings.
9. Mallrats (1995)
Directed and written by Kevin Smith, Mallrats is a buddy comedy film starring Jason Lee, Jeremy London, Michael Rooker, Ben Affleck, and Shannon Doherty. It was released in the year 1995.
Brodie and T.S. just got dumped by their respective girlfriends. They decide to spend the day at the mall trying to figure out how to get their girls back. This leads them on a crazy adventure through the halls of commerce.
In my opinion, the main theme of Mallrats is about learning how to be a good partner. Both Brodie and T.S. lost their girlfriends due to their selfish behavior. Though they come up with a wacky plan to win their women back, they must also learn the important lesson that good relationships involve care and compromise.
10. Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke (1978)
Directed by Lou Adler, Up In Smoke is a comedy starring Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Strother Martin, Edie Adams and Stacy Keach. It was released in the year 1978.
Up In Smoke is one of the very first stoner comedy movies. If not, the first. It follows Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s myriad of stoner (mis)adventures and is a hilarious 86 minute ride.
11. Clerks 2 (2006)
Directed and written by Kevin Smith, Clerks 2 is a comedy movie starring Jeff Anderson, Brian O’Halloran, Rosario Dawson, and Jennifer Schwalbach. It was released in the year 2006.
After the Quick Stop burns down, Dante and Randal find themselves working at Mooby’s, their local fast-food establishment. Much like Clerks, the two spend their days talking about nerdy things and making fun of customers. However, Dante has plans to leave this life behind with his controlling fiance.
Clerks 2 speaks to following your dreams and challenging yourself. Dante always wants to take the path of least resistance, regardless of if it makes him happy. This film puts Dante in a situation where he has to decide to go for the good life or continue on his easy unfulfilling path.
12. Fanboys (2009)
Directed by Kyle Newman, Fanboys is a pop-culture-centric comedy movie starring Jay Baruchel, Dan Fogler, Sam Huntington, Christopher Marquette, and Kristen Bell. It was released in the year 2009.
Fanboys is about a group of Star Wars fans who break into the Skywalker Ranch to steal an unedited cut of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” for their dying friend to watch before he passes. It received mixed reviews but it’s definitely worth a watch.
13. Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019)
Directed and written by Kevin Smith, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is a buddy stoner comedy starring Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, and actor cameos across Kevin Smith’s entire body of work. It was released in the year 2019.
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is a direct sequel to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and is about the two of them trying to stop a reboot of their original film from being made. Sound familiar?
14. Zack and Miri Make A Porno (2008)
Directed and written by Kevin Smith, Zack and Miri Make A Porno is a comedy starring Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Robinson, Jason Mewes, Traci Lords, Jeff Anderson, Katie Morgan and Ricky Mabe. It was released in the year 2008.
Zack and Miri Make A Porno is about Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks’ characters, Zack and Miri, who are roommates that are strapped for cash and months behind on their bills. So Zack convinces Miri they should make a pornographic film to try and earn some money. Unfortunately, some feelings develop along the way.
15. Friday (1995)
Directed by F. Gary Gray, Friday is a buddy comedy movie starring Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Tiny “Zeus” Lister Jr., Regina King, Anna Maria Horsford, Bernie Mac and John Witherspoon. It was released in the year 1995.
Friday is about Ice Cube’s character, Craig, who has recently been fired and his friend, Smokey, a small-time drug dealer who is given a task to sell for Smokey’s big-time supplier – and the crazy situations they get into!
More Movies Similar To Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
1. Stealing Harvard (2002)
2. Dazed and Confused (1993)
3. Detroit Rock City (1999)
4. The New Guy (2002)
5. This Is the End (2013)
6. Wayne’s World (1992)
7. Tropic Thunder (2008)
9. Mr. Deeds (2002)
10. The Cable Guy (1996)
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