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A Complete Review of Kevin Smith's work

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Yoga Hosers (2016)


Cast : Lily-Rose Depp, Harley Quinn Smith, Adam Brody, Justin Long, Natasha Lyonne, Genesis Rodriguez Vanessa Paradis, Haley Joel Osment, Johnny Depp, Kevin Smith, Stan Lee, Jason Mewes

What was it about?
Two teenage yoga enthusiasts team up with a legendary man-hunter to battle with an ancient evil presence that is threatening their major party plans.

My two cents:
Well, it turned out to be pretty terrible and I'm not surprised that it is, according to the IMDB ratings, his worst movie so far. I mean, I already had a hard time to care for 'Tusk' but this was even weaker. It's too bad because the beginning with these 2 bored teenage girls working in a convenient store, pretty much like in 'Clerks', was actually quite promising. Indeed, real life BFFs Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp had some nice chemistry together. Above all, Johnny Depp's daughter was seriously charismatic and I'm really curious to see what she will do in the future. Unfortunately, pretty much everything else was just some garbage. Seriously, it is rather difficult to understand what Kevin Smith is getting at with his Canadian horror trilogy. Indeed, it seems that it was conceived mostly to please the fans of his podcast but I'm not sure that the rest of the world really cares. Anyway, the concept in ‘Tusk’ was rather difficult to swallow but, here, this whole idea of these Nazi sausages was just so stupid.

My rating: 05/10

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Tusk (2014)


Cast : Michael Park, Justin Long, Halen Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Johnny Depp, Lily-Rose Depp, Harley Quinn Smith

What was it about?
When podcaster Wallace Bryton goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Howard Howe, his best friend Teddy and girlfriend Allison team with an ex-cop to look for him.

My two cents:
Even though 'Red State' was pretty realistic and straightforward, this movie was a complete different kind of ball game, that’s for sure. Indeed, it is actually rather difficult to describe it, it was basically some kind of horror-comedy with a totally grotesque and preposterous concept resulting in something really weird. Unfortunately, even though it might have sound awesome on paper (in fact, Kevin Smith's fans actually voted to get this movie made), it didn’t completely worked out fine as a movie. The main issue, in my opinion, is that, ok, the guy is transformed into some man-walrus but then where are you supposed to go from there? Indeed, so far, Justin Long was pretty good playing some arrogant podcaster and Michael Parks was basically born to play such articulate psychos but, from the moment the transformation was done, the only thing they could do was to provide some supposedly funny but in fact rather cringe-inducing scenes.

My rating: 06/10

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Red State (2011)


Cast : Michael Park, Melissa Leo, John Goodman, Kevin Pollack

What was it about?
Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.

My two cents:
I was quite impressed how Smith managed to make a feature so completely different in tone than his previous movies. Indeed, even Kevin Smith has admitted it, even though he might be a decent writer, he remains a rather limited director. So, I did like this flick, especially the first half was really intriguing with setting up these teenagers and this Christian cult. Unfortunately, I wasn't so sure about the 2nd half. Indeed, at some point, seemingly out of nowhere, some Federal agents got involved and within minutes the whole thing turned into a huge shoot-out which lasted forever. The wrap-up at the end with a briefing involving John Goodman was also rather underwhelming. Still, I enjoyed most of it and, in my opinion, in spite of its poor construction, it is a rather tense and realistic horror feature, 10 times better than most of the slasher flicks I have seen and way better the current horror porn wave.

My rating: 07/10

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Cop Out (2010)


Cast : Bruce Will, Tracey Morgan, Kevin Pollak, Adam Bordy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jason Lee, Rashida Jones, Seann William Scott, Michael Pitt

What was it about?
A comedy about a veteran NYPD cop whose rare baseball card is stolen. Since it's his only hope to pay for his daughter's upcoming wedding, he recruits his partner to track down the thief, a memorabilia-obsessed gangster.

My two cents:
Since I have been faithfully watching every single movie directed by Kevin Smith, I had to watch this one at some point. So, even though the critics were very negative, I still wanted to check this one out. Unfortunately, the end result was rather underwhelming. I mean, there were a few hilarious scenes here and there but most of the movie was just routine and filled with stupid and unfunny jokes. It's too bad since I really liked the material and I really liked the idea of Kevin Smith directing a 'big' budget production starring Bruce Willis. To conclude, it was a really disappointing feature and a waste of time for all the people involved.

My rating: 05/10

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Cast : Elizabeth Banks, Seth Rogen, Brandon Routh, Justin Long, Katie Morgan, Jason Mewes, Traci Lords

What was it about?
Lifelong platonic friends Zack and Miri look to solve their respective cash-flow problems by making an adult film together. As the cameras roll, however, the duo begin to sense that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought.

My two cents:
Honestly, the title and the premise was pretty awesome but the movie didn't really deliver to those expectations. I remember, before this flick was released, there was a big buzz about it and some major controversy, mostly about the title. Indeed, many found it inappropriate to have the ‘P’ word in the title but I thought it was genius and a rather impressive marketing stunt. Eventually, as usual with Kevin Smith, the whole thing turned out to be quite harmless. I mean, I thought it was funny, entertaining and all but, personally, I wish it had been edgier. Kevin Smith, apparently, was really disappointing that it did underperform at the box-office and thought, especially with the (at the time) hotter than hot Seth Rogen, that he would have had some commercial success but it wasn’t meant to be. Still, in spite of its flaws, I thought it was still a funny little movie.

My rating: 07/10

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Clerks II (2006)


Cast : Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Ben Affleck, Rosario Dawson, Jason Lee

What was it about?
A calamity at Dante and Randall's shops sends them looking for new horizons - but they ultimately settle at Mooby's, a fictional Disney-McDonald's-style fast-food empire.

My two cents:
Eventually, this sequel was unfortunately, not as good as the original installment. First of all, I missed the raw look and the whole thing didn't feel as real and authentic as the first time. Furthermore, Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson have never been great actors but the dialogues were so great with the first installment, you didn’t notice this lack of skills. However, 12 years later, they didn’t improve as actors and Kevin Smith’s dialogues are not as refreshing as they used to be. Furthermore, whereas the Quick Stop felt genuine because, well, it was actually a genuine convenience store, this time, the fast-food restaurant felt really fake and it figures because it was made up for this movie. But still, in spite all these flaws, I actually really enjoyed the damned thing and it was just awesome to see again 12 years later those characters I loved so much.

My rating: 07/10

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People who added this item 888 Average listal rating (533 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.2
Jersey Girl (2004)


Cast : Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Jason Biggs, Jason Lee, Matt Damon

What was it about?
Ollie Trinke is a guy who seemingly has it made -- he has a great job as a music publicist and he's madly in love with his wife, Gertrude. Ollie is very much excited about the fact he and Gertrude are soon to become parents, but Ollie's joy turns to despair when Gertrude dies in childbirth.

My two cents:
Back then it was the most expensive movie directed by Kevin Smith but, eventually it was a critical and commercial failure and it is usually regarded as one of the weakest movies made by Smith. Personally, I tend to disagree and I don’t think it was that bad. First of all, it was not Smith’s fault that Affleck was going through a very bad period in his career and, just before this movie was released, he had a much publicized split up with Jennifer Lopez. As a result, Lopez’ role was reduced as much as possible and we never actually saw the version meant by Smith. Still, I thought it was a rather sweet romantic comedy and I enjoyed most of it, even though it was obviously a minor effort.

My rating: 07/10

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Cast : Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Jason Lee, Ben Affleck, Shannon Elizabeth, Will Ferrell Eliza Dushku, Ali Larter, Matt Damon, Chris Rock, Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Mark Hamill, Seann William Scott, Carrie Fisher, Shannen Doherty, Tracy Morgan, Jason Biggs, James Van Der Beek

What was it about?
Jay and Silent Bob are a pair of pot smoking homophobic losers whose life was the inspiration for the comic book "Bluntman and Chronic". When Internet geeks start smearing their name after the inevitable announcement of a Bluntman and Chronic movie, Jay and Silent Bob head for Hollywood to shut production down.

My two cents:
Since I have been faithfully following Kevin Smith’s career from the very start, of course, I was very interested by this flick. It has been a while since I have seen it and maybe, I should give it another try but, honestly, I thought it was terribly underwhelming. I mean, to make a movie centering on those 2 characters was a great idea but the whole thing was eventually a real mess and not a funny one. As usual with Smith’s work, it was rather poorly acted but, for once, also rather poorly written, with one scene following the other without making much sense . Then you had a huge succession of cameos which is always only mildly entertaining in my opinion. Maybe those two guys were only good as supporting characters or maybe I wasn’t in the right mood the first time I watched it? I doubt it though…

My rating: 05/10

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Dogma (1999)


Cast : Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock, Alan Rickman, Jason Lee, Janeane Garofalo, Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson

What was it about?
An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loophole and re-enter Heaven.

My two cents:
Could you imagine if they released today a movie starring both Matt Damon and Ben Affleck? It would be a major event. Eventually, the release of this movie was also an event but above all because of its controversial subject. In my opinion, it is easily the most ambitious movie directed so far by Kevin Smith and it was definitely an interesting feature. Indeed, in spite of the whole controversy, Smith is actually a born and bred catholic so, even though he was poking fun at the Catholicism, he definitely knew what he was talking about (probably more than I did). Unfortunately, pretty much like most of Smith’s efforts, the whole thing was rather unfocused and there were just too many characters in my opinion so most of them were rather half-baked. I thought it was also rather lame to have the two angels switching roles just at the end. Still, it remains a pretty cool flick and I will definitely re-watch it when I get the opportunity.

My rating: 07/10

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Chasing Amy (1997)


Cast : Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Casey Affleck, Matt Damon, Brian O'Halloran

What was it about?
Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's gay.

My two cents:
After the massive misfire which was ‘Mallrats’, Kevin Smith greatly recovered with this flick and even Quentin Tarantino called it "a quantum leap forward" for Smith. I have to admit, it is another one of his movies I have seen only once and I really need to check it out again at some point. Personally, I have some rather mixed feelings about this flick. On one hand, it is indeed pretty good and probably, the most focused and ‘adult’ feature directed by Kevin Smith, absolutely, but on the other hand, is it really that great? I’m not so sure and, in my opinion, ‘Clerks’ is miles better than this and way more original. Still, it remains one of the better movies directed by Smith, no doubt about it.

My rating: 07/10

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Mallrats (1995)


Cast : Jason Lee, Jeremy London, Shannen Doherty, Claire Forlani, Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Michael Rooker, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Brian O'Halloran

What was it about?
Both dumped by their girlfriends, two best friends seek refuge in the local mall.

My two cents:
I remember exactly when I saw this flick. Back then, I was completely obsessed with ‘Clerks’, I already saw it a dozen times and was really wondering what happened to the guy who directed this marvel. Then, some day, at the video store, I saw this flick. Finally! At last, a new movie directed by Kevin Smith!! Of course, me and my sister (another huge Clerks fan), we rented it right away. Unfortunately, we both though it was just awful. If I recall correctly, my sis didn’t even watch the whole thing. Seriously, it was just embarrassing. Apparently, we were not the only one since this movie was barely seen when it was released and was completely crushed by the critics. Since then, it has reached a cult following so I gave it a second chance at some point but I still thought it was really weak. I mean, the concept was great, to make a movie in a mall, about the youth wasting their time there was awesome and a natural step after ‘Clerks’. Unfortunately, the execution was really terrible.

My rating: 05/10

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Clerks (1994)


Cast : Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith

What was it about?
A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.

My two cents:
In my opinion, it is one of the greatest movies ever made. By now, I must have seen it at least 30 times which is more than any other movie. I was even one of the happy few who managed to watch it in the theater when it was released. Back then, I was just 14-15 years old and I was just blown away by the whole thing. Indeed, I thought that the dialogues, the characters, the situations were just really genuine and very often completely hilarious and I never saw something like that before. A year later, I bought the VHS for my sister (with whom I saw the movie the 1st time around) and she really screamed of happiness. After that, it is one movie I would show every time I would meet someone really cool and 99% of the time, they would just love it (one notable exception is my wife though… Well, nobody is perfect, I guess). Anyway, this movie is one major milestone in my movie-watching history and I will cherish it forever.

My rating: 10/10

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The 29th list in this series will focus on Kevin Smith. Ever since I saw 'Clerks.' almost 20 years ago, I have been a fan of his work. I must admit, not everything he has done since was really memorable but I will always have a weak spot for this director. Enjoy!


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