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Live Active Cultures: 'Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie'

Stoner saviors Jay and Silent Bob find a more profitable path

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As a View Askewniverse fan since seeing Clerks in its original theatrical run, I thought this latest lark started strong but it lost my attention after about an hour. Smith’s best writing blends dirty humor with genuine heart, but once you recover from the satiric shock of seeing a huge mutant cock spurting on cops, there isn’t much substance here. Director Steve Stark’s clever-crude cartoon style is like the lovechild of Schoolhouse Rock and Zap Comix, and I laughed out loud at the lampooning of Green Lantern, TMNT and The Phantom Menace (#hitjarjarwithacarcar), but slack pacing and repetitive gags sapped my smile 20 minutes before the post-credits Stan Lee cameo. Here’s hoping the upcoming Clerks III (which Smith calls “the Empire Strikes Back of the trilogy”) helps these Hemp Knights recapture their magic.

Artistic quality is ultimately irrelevant; this evening was more of a family reunion, both metaphorical (Smith’s legion of hockey jersey-clad devotees, one of whom brought his 8-year-old son, who declared it “fucking amazing”) and actual (his local-resident mother, brother and brother’s husband were in attendance). No matter how embarrassingly fawning the fans’ queries, Smith answered with warmth and candor, encouraging all to follow his lead in pursuing geeky dreams. Because if two Jersey slackers can become superheroes, anything is possible.

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