Rating: Not Rated
Length: 239 minutes
Director: J.M. Kenny (An Evening with Kevin Smith; Wings of Desire: The Angels Among Us)
Starring: Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, Harley Quinn Smith, Grace Smith
I’ve heard the first “Evening with Kevin Smith” is pretty hilarious. I have yet to see it, but when I stumbled across the sequel, I figured I’d give it a spin. I had no idea it was a minute shy of being four hours long (spread over two discs). Needless to say, this took me a few nights to watch. I have stated before my feelings about Smith and my never-ending allegiance to the first “Clerks” no matter what I think about his later works (“Chasing Amy” aside and I’ve warmed up to “Mallrats” again). I recently picked up both of his books and found them to be quite entertaining. He is an entertaining person. I’d be hard pressed to think of another filmmaker with his level of success that gives back to his fans as much as he does. He really and truly appreciates them. If you are one of those hardcore fans- and man, I thought I had it big for the guy back through 1994-1998- then perhaps you will salivate at every minute of this second “Evening”, then again maybe even you dear friend will find yourself having to break it up into multiple viewings. I complained a few reviews down in my “Jackass 2.5” review that those guys were trying to wring cash out of their fans for barely anything in return, at least Smith gives you your money’s worth. So how does it go down? Smith travels to London and Toronto and does some Q & A’s with the audiences. He bluntly answers all their questions, tells some funny stories, brings out “Jay” himself Jason Mewes to answer some questions too, and we get to meet his family- his wife Jennifer (Dante’s girlfriend in “Clerks 2”) and daughter Harley (baby Silent Bob in “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”). There’s some chuckles, but it’s kind of like watching a four hour concert of a band you like. It’s cool to see it and hear some of your favorite songs, but at the same time it pales in comparison to being there. Plus, we all know that there is a huge difference in seeing a stand up comedian (which essentially Smith is here) live and watching him on TV. It’s just better when you’re there.
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