Kevin Smith’s Jay & Silent Bob Reboot pays off a gag that was arrange 26 years in the past within the director’s first film, Clerks. Jay & Silent Bob Reboot is a cameo-heavy love letter to one of many first cinematic universes to grace our screens; Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse (named for his manufacturing firm, View Askew). From Clerks, Smith retained characters like Jay (Jason Mewes) & Silent Bob (Smith), and his New Jersey setting to inform extra tales true to his personal life. Mallrats and Chasing Amy have been subsequent, earlier than transferring onto zanier fare like Dogma and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Again.
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After a brief stint experimenting with physique horror in films like Tusk, Smith returned to the View Askewniverse to supply a parody on Hollywood’s obsession with reboots: Jay & Silent Bob Reboot. Itself a retread of Jay & Silent Bob Strike Again, the film follows the titular characters as they undertake a street journey to Hollywood. Alongside the best way, Jay discovers he has a teenage daughter, Milly, performed by Smith’s real-life daughter, Harley Quinn Smith. Jay & Silent Bob Reboot additionally pays homage to most of the previous movies in Smith’s oeuvre, together with characters similar to Loki (Matt Damon) from Dogma and Holden McNeill (Ben Affleck) from Chasing Amy. There’s even a particular callback to Clerks.
After the credit have rolled on Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, followers are handled to 1 remaining scene. The movie switches again to Jay, Silent Bob, and Milly hanging round outdoors the Fast Cease (a location followers have been not too long ago promised a return to in Clerks 3). Dante makes an attempt to as soon as once more unlock the padlock to the shutters on the storefront, however once more finds gum within the locks. He offers a quiet, pissed off exclamation of “f*ck…” as Jay turns to Milly and says;
“Oh, you see that man over there? For twenty 5 years we have been coming right here each night time and placing gum within the locks.”
Clerks was based mostly on Kevin Smith’s personal retail experiences, and he even shot the movie on the very grocery retailer he labored at – the Fast Cease Grocery Retailer in Crimson Financial institution, New Jersey. On account of solely having the ability to movie within the retailer in a single day, the younger Smith concocted an in-film cause for the shutters being down. An unknown vandal had apparently positioned gum within the locks, resulting in foremost clerk Dante (Brian O’Halloran) draping an iconic tarp over the shutters, the message ‘I ASSURE YOU, WE’RE OPEN’ scrawled over it in shoe polish.
This reference in Jay & Silent Bob Reboot is an excellent callback that lands nicely. As long-time followers of Kevin Smith will know, the gum within the locks of the Fast Cease shutters have been haunting Dante for nicely over 20 years, and now due to Jay & Silent Bob Reboot we lastly know the true culprits: Jay and Silent Bob themselves. The absurdity of their dedication to placing gum within the locks is the icing on the cake of Smith’s newest entry into his self-made franchise.
Jay & Silent Bob have come a good distance between Clerks and Jay & Silent Bob Reboot – even going so far as spawning a online game – so it is good that the movie wrapped up with an amazing gag relating to their origins.
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