Two angels (Matt Damon, Ben Affleck) who’ve been banished from heaven and relegated to living in Wisconsin discover a loophole which would allow them back into the Pearly Gates. In order to make this possible, they’ve got to make a road trip to a church in New Jersey but there’s just one problem. If they successfully make the trip, the entire universe as we know it comes to an end…stick with me here. It’s now up to a chosen woman and two goofs by the name of Jay and Silent Bob to make sure that the angels don’t complete their ill-fated trip.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck basically play themselves, so there’s no real acting versatility required here. Linda Fiorentino clocks a decent performance and is pretty entertaining to watch as she spends most of the movie fending off Jay’s sexual advances, which in themselves, are extremely funny. Having said all of this, I honestly don’t think this movie would’ve been nearly as fun if it hadn’t been for the aforementioned combination of Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes. The two basically provide the majority of the film’s laughs and had their involvement been cut back, things would’ve gone sour real quick. Fans of previous View Askew films should be happy because they’re going to get their fix of zany Kevin Smith humor but will probably be disappointed by the excess of drama and “serious moments”. My only other real beef was the length of the movie, which because of its 128 minute run time, had pacing problems and tended to move along extremely slowly during certain key parts. As a whole though, I thought the movie was a fun time but not without its flaws.
By now I’m sure you’re probably wondering what exactly you get as extras on this disc? Well, first off, you get about 100 minutes of deleted scenes and feature introductions from Smith, Mosier, Pereira and Mewes, which are almost as funny as the scenes themselves. While a handful of the scenes are pretty damn funny, most are extended takes of stuff we’ve already scene in the flick which was somewhat disappointing. I’d definitely recommend the “Fat Albert” dance sequence which believe me, on its own is worth the price of the DVD. Split into 16 separate chapters and shown in rough video quality, there’s plenty to go through. My favorite extra on the DVD was the 13-minute collection of outtakes which were extremely freaking funny, especially Ben Affleck messing around on set and Matt Damon’s monologues on the Star Wars universe (On the director’s cut: “I heard there were early scenes of Chewie just chugging cock”).
We also get 3 storyboard presentations which in all honesty, are the crappiest drawings I’ve ever seen! Sketched out on legal paper, they’re pretty funny to go through because they’re so pitiful. Select “Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash” for a 90-second infomercial courtesy of the dynamic duo, the two goofballs give Ron Popeil a run for his money. The theatrical trailer as well as cast and crew bios round out the extras. The DVD gets added points for including some of the best menus I’ve seen in quite some time. On disc one, every time you make a selection, you get warnings from this old lady (against a backdrop of burning hell), Harriet Wise, instructing viewers to “Please eject the DVD before it’s too late!” among other funny quotes. On disc two, your selections are greeted by the infamous Shit Monster who’s got about 5 different sayings, including “Snooch to the Nooch!”.