JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK (2001) GO!, 9.30PM, MA15+, COM­EDY

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Writer-di­rec­tor Kevin Smith con­tin­ued his en­vi­able se­ries of cult films sparked by the 1994 in­die mega-hit Clerks with this scream­ingly funny com­edy in which the crud­erthan-crude jokes roll out like a per­verted tongue. Smith plays the mutish Bob, fel­low 7-Eleven-bred slacker and life­time friend of gut­ter­mouth chick de­ter­rent Jay (Ja­son Mewes). In a pants-wet­tingly funny set of mis­ad­ven­tures the un­likely anti-heroes en­counter char­ac­ters from the Smith back­log (Ben Af­fleck and Chris Rock, among oth­ers) in their quest to stop the pro­duc­tion of a Hol­ly­wood film based on them­selves. ★★★★ to for­get about her trou­bles, but finds a whole new set when she falls for bum­bling Amer­i­can teenager Wal­ter El­bert­son (Ti­mothy Bot­toms). Theirs is a strange and, at times, awkward af­fair, not helped by the clunky script, but di­rec­tor Alan J. Pakula ( So­phie’sChoice, Allthe Pres­i­dent’sMen) brings out the best in his two leads who man­age to ex­plore com­plex emo­tions with­out fall­ing into clichéd sen­ti­men­tal­ity. ★★★ This mod­ern, mu­si­cal re-imag­in­ing of the age-old folk­tale proves to be a pleas­ant sur­prise. The plot re­volves around the young or­phan Mary (Selma Gomez) who is taken in by a washed-up singer (a mar­vel­lous Jane Lynch) and used as a cleaner, per­sonal as­sis­tant and cook for her and her bratty daugh­ters. For­tu­nately there is a light at the end of the tun­nel for Mary with the ar­rival at her school of heart­throb su­per­star Joey Parker (An­drew See­ley, above with Gomez). Need­less to say they share an in­stant at­trac­tion. When Mary im­presses Joey with her danc­ing, the deal is sealed and all the plot­ting of evil step-mum and daugh­ters can’t change the

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