In a move that surprises no one, the MPAA has officially given the Jay & Silent Bob Reboot film an R rating. Details about Jay and Silent Bob Reboot started surfacing in 2017, although some fans never thought they would see these characters ever again. Now, two years later, the film has completed production with a release date set for October.
Kevin Smith went to great lengths to bring back characters from previous View Askew movies that fans love so much. Not only does Smith star in the film with Jason Mewes as Silent Bob and Jay respectively, he also convinced Matt Damon to reprise his role as Loki from Dogma for the new movie. But that wasn't enough for Smith. He also managed to get Ben Affleck on board to reprise his role as Holden McNeil, the co-creator of the fictional Bluntman and Chronic comic book series. Although Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms, many prefer his role as Holden in Chasing Amy and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
It's no secret that these movies have a lot of dirty jokes, sexual content, nudity and filthy language. It's precisely that kind of lowest common denominator content that draws fans into these films. It's also why it's no surprise Exhibitor Relations Co. tweeted that Jay and Silent Reboot has officially been rated R by the MPAA.
Kevin Smith's 13th flick, JAY AND SILENT BOB REBOOT, is rated R: for pervasive strong crude sexual content, language throughout, drug use and some nudity. Keepin' it f'in R-eal since 1994--only JERSEY GIRL and YOGA HOSERS (both PG-13) weren't labeled 'restricted.'— Exhibitor Relations Co. (@ERCboxoffice) August 7, 2019
It is nice, though, to know that time hasn't dampened the crudeness of Smith and his vision for View Askew. The story behind Jay and Silent Bob Reboot requires a certain kind of recklessness that only those characters can get away with on the silver screen. In the movie, the two are traveling to Chronic Con to protest a reboot of the Bluntman and Chronic film. What makes it all even funnier is that the movie is taking a dig at sequels and reboots, all the while being a sequel about a reboot. The completely NSFW Jay and Silent Bob Reboot red band trailer proves that Smith is still willing to go there. That will certainly keep fans happy.
The only thing left to ask, though, is if this style of humor will still play well to modern audiences. We've come a long way since last seeing these characters in Clerks II in 2006. It remains to be seen if Jay and Silent Bob can remain relevant in a world full of political strife and #MeToo, while also embracing all things nerdy, which now dominates pop culture. So far, all signs point to "yes."
Source: Exhibitor Relations Co./Twitter
- Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019) release date: Oct 15, 2019