An Evening with Kevin Smith


Writer-director Kevin Smith entertains with his frank views in this question-and-answer session filmed at several college events in 2001 and 2002.

Year: 2002
Certificate: 15
Director: J.M. Kenny
Starring: Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes

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I’ve been a fan of Kevin Smith since I first saw ‘Clerks‘, albeit it accidentally… How do you see a film accidentally? Well, let me tell you! I was a projectionist for the Film Society at Lancaster University and in true MaFt fashion I’d messed up my calendar – I turned up thinking I was projecting when I wasn’t. So I just stayed to watch the film anyway. There was something about ‘Clerks’ that had me hooked and so I actively sought out other Smith films.

Fifteen years on, and with ‘Clerks III’ already in pre-production, I find myself wondering how I’m going to manage to watch a 3hr 45min programme in one sitting…  Yes, ‘An Evening with Kevin Smith’ is really that long! It was filmed over a number of nights throughout 2011 and 2012 at different universities across America and is, basically, a very long question and answer session… with lots of d*ck jokes.

As you would expect, the topics covered are generally about Smith’s films such as ‘Chasing Amy‘, ‘Dogma’ and ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back‘  but with a number of personal stories and ‘tips’ for budding film-makers too. There are some great anecdotes throughout and I particularly enjoy the story about Prince as well as the ‘Superman Lives’ script ideas. Smith’s retorts can be quick and he handles some obscure ‘gatecrashers’ fantastically.

It’s good to see Jason Mewes on stage for a few of the questions although it does look like it was around the time he was having issues with substance abuse, so he doesn’t really add much to the show. I watched the programme over about 3 or 4 sittings and, because of it’s Q&A format, it is easy to pause after a question and carry on later without really forgetting what’s happening.

I actually enjoyed ‘An Evening with Kevin Smith’ but I think if you’re not really a fan of his work then it may be difficult to watch. It’s laugh-out-loud funny at times, although very different from stand-up comedy, and it gives a good insight into his career.

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