KEVIN SMITH: TOO FAT FOR FORTY - EPIX On DemandOctober 29, 2010



On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: "Kevin Smith: Too Fat for Forty" (Epix On Demand).

Full disclosure: I am a die-hard Kevin Smith fan. I became a fan after seeing CLERKS, continued with MALLRATS, and my Kevin Smith fan boy title was officially solidified with CHASING AMY. I haven’t looked back since.

What is at the heart of my Kevin Smith worship? The man is a great storyteller. For many years, the only way most could know this is thru his films. However, on college campuses across the country, his storytelling skills were on full display in lengthy Q&A sessions where he would share stories about his past, both personal and showbiz related.

This evolved into Q&A sessions at bigger venues, and eventually, some of them were filmed, most recently, “Too Fat for Forty,” on his 40th birthday at the Count Basie Theatre in New Jersey. But enough of the history lesson.


Kevin Smith


To help celebrate the birthday milestone, the stage has an amazing backdrop facsimile of the QuickStop and RST Video storefronts that were made popular in CLERKS; a cool way to separate this Q&A from those in the past.

After introducing his mother to the crowd and sharing a short story about taking alternative transportation from New York to Toronto (two words: Prom Bus), Kevin Smith is asked the first question from the audience: “What was it like to work with Bruce Willis?”


Kevin Smith

And here’s what separates this Q&A from the usual celebrity interview like those you may be used to seeing in “Inside the Actor’s Studio.” When an actor or filmmaker is asked a question like “What was it like to work with (insert actor’s name here)?” the usual answer is a few minutes long at best, and may include one cute story. Kevin takes the next hour and forty minutes answering that audience member’s question.


Kevin Smith

The answer is where Kevin Smith shows off his storytelling chops. He shares with the audience details of how he got into smoking pot which then led to a unique experience with his wife, his toilet & his need for food from a delivery service. In a way only he can, he is able to segue from that to working on COP OUT with Bruce Willis, which includes a nod to Bruce’s breakout role in “Moonlighting.”

Kevin’s story does not end there as he tells the audience about getting arrested in Montreal and following that up with a near arrest in Los Angeles. I’m not going to go into detail on any of these stories, as I’m not the storyteller. Kevin Smith is.

- Scott Kramer

"Kevin Smith: Too Fat for Forty" is available now on EPIX On Demand.

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