I know this letter may come to you late and you probably don’t really give a shit but there is something I want to share with you that I’ve been meaning to get off my chest for a while now. I never felt like tackling this issue before because I know a large number of your message board army would battle me to my death. I’m not dismissing them by any means… not entirely anyway. But I do love your devotion to your fans. It’s made clear every day on your website just how much you love your fans and how thankful you are that people really dig your work. That’s very admirable (if only George Lucas could follow your example…).
This couldn’t have been made clearer with the release of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. It was obvious that that film had one purpose and one purpose alone: “Thank you fans, this little guy is for you and for you only.” While I am indeed a Kevin Smith fan, that’s the one film of yours I don’t actually own. I just didn’t find it funny. It didn’t feel like you wrote it, instead, it felt as if it was co-written by every person on the View Askew boards. In my world, it’s the least Kevin Smith film in your filmography. But that is just me, I am not dissing the film at all. I appreciate your effort and I am glad you made it… for your fans.
I’ve pretty much been a die-hard fan of yours since Clerks. first hit the VHS circuit. After that, I heard you were doing a movie with Jason Lee, and since I was a skater back in those days, I couldn’t have been happier. And he was great and continues to be great. Then came Chasing Amy. Loved it. Though, that part when Joey sings kind of furrows my eyebrows, I still can’t say enough good things about it. Dogma then came out in one of the best years of cinema, 1999. Two years later, Jay and Silent Bob.
Which finally brings me to my point. 2004’s Jersey Girl. Unfortunately this movie was plagued by the whole Bennifer situation. The movie was released and no one really saw it and those that did, bashed the shit out of it. I saw it theatrically and, to tell you the truth, I really quite liked it. It was a giant step above that other film you did before it. Miles above it actually. When Lopez and Affleck were on screen together, it actually worked, unlike their chemistry in Gigli. People also ripped Affleck’s performance and I got to say, I was quite impressed by it. I really don’t understand the unabashed hatred towards this movie. People think Star Wars Episode II or that ridiculous Spider-man film are good movies (many of which I am sure are on your board) but that Jersey Girl wasn’t worth the film it was burned on. I’d watch Jersey Girl an infinite amount of times before having to sit through either of those pieces of dung again.
That’s a real fucking shame dude. I’ve even read/heard some of the stuff you say about the whole experience as well. I think you’ve said something like you’ll never make another film like this again. That’s just silly talk, Mr. Smith.
I’ve also heard a lot of shit about this movie from your so-called ‘fans’. Well, if someone were a real fan, much like a real friend, wouldn’t they support what you do no matter what (unless you’re throwing a group of people in a concentration camp or something)? Imagine if all of your message board army went out to the theater and supported your new film, no matter what the ridiculous media said about it, and paid for a ticket to Jersey Girl. I bet you a quarter (I’m poor dude) that the movie would have made its money back and then some. How can you support one and not the other?
I just don’t get it. I think you should make more films like this but also, you should keep up with the whole Jay and Silent Bob thing as well, so you’re “fans” don’t get all pissy like they did last time. You can do more than dick and fart jokes, though you do those rather well. Listen to yourself, not to your fans. Sure, they should inspire you, but not run you.
You know what, you just caught me in a lie. I also don’t own Jersey Girl on DVD either. But that isn’t because I don’t like the film… instead, it’s the cover. Hands down, the worst cover in the history of DVDs. Who approved that? And people wonder why it hasn’t sold too well. If you plan on re-releasing that film soon, ditch that cover. When that happens, I’ll be the first in line dude.
And congratulations for not being responsible for writing the new Superman film. Did you see how terrible it looks? Thank your lucky stars my friend.
Anyways, I’d love to hear back from you. I’m an easy guy to get a hold of. I hope this letter finds you in great spirits. Take care of yourself Kevin. I drew this picture for you so I hope you enjoy it.
Posted on June 21, 2006 in Blogs by Michael Ferraro
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