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23rd March 2013 22:30:00
Posted by Claire Chetwynd

Jay & Silent Bob Get Old: Teabagging in Ireland

DVD Video Review
Filmmaker Kevin Smith and well-known friend Jason Mewes took the SModcast to the stage in their first ever UK tour last year. Documented in 'Jay & Silent Bob Get Old: Teabagging in the UK', you can now watch further exploits in a new two-disc DVD featuring two live shows from Dublin plus an exclusive look at gigs in Las Vegas and San Diego.

Better known as their alter egos Jay and Silent Bob, Mewes and Smith grew up in New Jersey, a fact which Smith is obviously proud of judging by the blue and orange jersey he sports in each show as well as the homages in his films. The pair met when they were young and have since starred in six films together starting in 1994 with Smith’s risky project Clerks, which became a big hit. Their journey isn’t strictly Hollywood though as the two friends have been through a lot together due to Mewes’ battle over the years with drug addiction.

The four live shows on this DVD are a spin-off from a long running podcast by Smith and his producer Scott Mosier which you can listen to for free online. At the time of writing (March 20th, 2013) they are up to their 106th episode. Seemingly one of the aims of the weekly podcast is to help Mewes stay on the straight and narrow, an issue often brought up by the pair during the shows, each time declaring how many days sober he is up to. By the last show in Dublin Mewes is on 695 days sober, a huge achievement for someone that has fallen off the bandwagon several times in his life, including a stint of being addicted to the painkillers he was receiving for dental work - a story that is recounted in Dublin’s first show.

Jay & Silent Bob Get Old could be seen as a very self-indulgent project, in which the duo literally come on stage, sit behind a desk, pick up microphones and talk about whatever they please: sometimes reminiscing about old times; rarely discussing anything related to their film careers; and often talking about their genitalia and sexual encounters with Mewes always going into graphic detail about his conquests with explicit mimicry to accompany the stories. This context very quickly gets repetitive for the audience, but Smith is seen to make an effort to reel Mewes in when going off on a tangent. The interesting parts are when the conversation takes a humbling tone where they talk about their real life and what trials and tribulations their relationship as friends has had to bare in light of Mewes’ habit.

However, this type of discussion is few and far between in the live shows, probably due to the duo trying to involve the audience and keep it light-hearted in order for it to be entertaining to watch, not just to listen to. They incorporate audience participation in the Dublin shows, including a Q&A session which does bring out more film talk, and the feature ‘Let us F*ck’ where Mewes and an audience member have to act out the sexual position of Smith’s choice – it gets quite graphic and possibly disturbing(!). The Las Vegas and San Diego shows include a feature called ‘Let Us Act’ which involves some role play with audience members, and for the Vegas show, two famous porn stars.

Smith is well-known for his outspoken attitude towards Hollywood, as well as his controversial move of self-distributing his films to fans rather than critics. His other shows such as the reality TV series Comic Book Men are referenced, especially during the final show in Dublin, which does have a tendency to alienate audiences who perhaps are not hugest fans of Smith’s work. They also talk about their London show, which did not go down as well as they had hoped as a lot of people bought tickets expecting to see characters Jay and Silent Bob appear on stage. Unless you already follow the podcast or know what to expect then the off-the-wall, improvised dialogue that follows for an hour or so might have you wishing you hadn’t bothered. A self-confession from Smith makes it clear that he meant for the live shows to be all about the fans, but unfortunately this leaves out the viewer with a casual interest for a lot of the show.

Overall the four shows which make up the Jay & Silent Bob Get Old: Teabagging in Ireland DVD would be much more entertaining had they perhaps been slightly better structured. The interesting stories are overpowered by the constant penis jokes and sex talk – and, with the exception of the physical comedy provided by Mewes and a touch of animation to accompany his long-winded stories, these shows would have just as much of an impact in podcast form.

THE DISC

The four shows range between an hour and 80 minutes in length and are spread across two discs. The presentation of the Las Vegas and San Diego gigs is quite poor, almost like a video of a school play, though the two Ireland shows are much better quality despite some rough editing and the odd bout of shakiness. Audio in all cases is in DD2.0 and depends on Smith and Mewes’ proximity to their microphones – as you’d expect the volume can be temperamental. (There are no subtitle options, English or otherwise.) Extras amount to 10 minutes of audience participation which could have easily been incorporated into the main shows.
Details and Specifications
DVD Video Review

Region: 2

Certificate: 18

Distributor:
Kaleidoscope

Running Time:
- mins approx
Soundtracks:
English DD2.0

Subtitles:
None

Director:
Kevin Smith

Main cast:
Kevin Smith
Jason Mewes
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Ratings
Film
6
Video
7
Audio
6
Extras
3
6
About Claire Chetwynd
Claire is new to the art of film reviewing, having started a blog over at MyReelPOV in 2012, but she absolutely loves it! Post-graduation she missed putting pen to paper, so decided to combine it with her obsession for film - and found herself the perfect hobby! Claire’s tastes can be pretty eclectic, though she does have a thing for geriatric action heroes and those of the ‘super’ variety.