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An Evening with Kevin Smith

Review Written by: Will Penley
Film: A+
Video/Audio/Extras: B/B/D-

Directed by: J.M. Kenny
Starring: Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Scott Mosier, Frank Diaz
Buy it!, Buy it, rent it or skip it: Buy it!

"A science fiction movie? I don't know, I think I have made one already...Chasing Amy. Because, you go ask any lesbian, that'll never happen. Even if and probably especially because, the dude is Ben effing Affleck."

Who ever thought that the man who played Silent Bob for five movies, soon to be six, would have so much to say? An Evening with Kevin Smith chronicles five of the man's Q&A gigs at different United States universities, in which he yaks about various topics such as religion, sexuality and Scott Mosier's Volkswagen conversion van, among other things. I can't really put into words how great this documentary is. It runs for four straight hours, the same running time as Best Picture winner Lawrence of Arabia. Well, based on the forty or so minutes I've seen of that, I can safely say that this would be a better way to spend that time. By the end of this, you'll feel like you know the man personally.

A longtime Smith fan ever since I saw the immortal cult classic Clerks., I couldn't get enough of his consistently hilarious stories. He talks about the first time he met his wife and the eventual open wound he received (I'll say no more than that). We finally get some insight into the whole debacle at Warner Brothers, when he was hired to write a new Superman movie in which the Man of Steel couldn't fly, couldn't wear a cape and had to fight a giant spider (an idea that was scrapped and later used in Wild Wild West). He tells us of his history with Jason Mewes and how Mewes memorized the entire Dogma screenplay because "he didn't want to piss off that Rickman dude."

There are dozens upon dozens of memorable moments, like when a lesbian outs herself in front of the entire crowd and voices her true feelings on Chasing Amy and when some rabid fans plead to be allowed entry into the auditorium, only to find out they have to dance on-stage in return. I loved every minute of this and I'll definitely be watching it again...and again...and again.I could continue, but I won't. On to the DVD, video and audio are fine and present no problems. There aren't really any extras, save for a few trailers, but the main feature is obviously the documentary itself. This is the absolute funniest way you could spend four hours. Buy it NOW!

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