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Courtesy of author surrogate Holden Mc Neil in , Smith raises the idea that they're meant to be like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, or the Vladamir and Estragon of these movies.Simultaneously, we're given the more realistic view, that they're more like “Bill and Ted meet Cheech and Chong.” One way or another, they find their way into all of these movies, often in pivotal roles.
But they also directly help to save the day in It sees Jay and Silent Bob travelling to Hollywood to prevent a big-budget Hollywood version of Bluntman and Chronic.Although they take centre-stage, it's also a look-in on most of the established characters in the Askewniverse.Even so, it may have stretched the joke too far for some, and they're back to selling drugs outside Dante and Randall's workplace in is the earliest film in the continuity, chronologically.The film's hero, TS, apparently told Julie that the camera adds ten pounds, on the day before her appearance on a dating show that will be televised nationally.A large part of Kevin Smith's career as a filmmaker has been spent telling stories about New Jersey, not to be mistaken for “just making the same movie over and over again.” With an affection for John Hughes, who set a number of hugely popular teen comedies in the fictional town of Shermer, Illinois, Smith followed up with a number of movies set in the same microcosmic continuity as his first film.Colloquially named after View Askew Productions, the View Askewniverse encompasses all of Smith's films from 1994 to 2006, with the exception of 2004's.
Aside from being set in New Jersey, the films feature a company of actors who appear in various different roles throughout, including Jason Mewes, Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Lee, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.
The films also have a number of running gags, recurring themes and characters that connect the films to one another.
Perhaps not all of them are apparent, unless watched in sequence.
So here's a lexicon of running jokes to look out for in Kevin Smith's films.
First and foremost, the most obvious connecting tissue between these six films.
Jay and Silent Bob are drug dealers who stand around in malls and outside convenience stores and fast food restaurants, plying their trade while the skinny one sings and/or dances and the tubby one stays quiet and smokes cigarettes.