“GOOFY AS it is, dopey as it is, this film is a Rock of Gibraltar for this kid. It’s kind of a benchmark of his sobriety.”

Director Kevin Smith is talking to Comic Riffs about the newest film he’s involved in: “Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie.” And he is also talking about his longtime Jersey pal and comic sidekick Jason Mewes, who produced the film after getting clean.

The film comes to D.C.’s Warner Theatre on Sunday night, the day after it screened in Atlanta to kick off a scheduled 17-city national tour.

Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes at a "Jay and Silent Bob Get Old" Smodcast in 2010 in Hollywood. (Albert L. Ortega/VIA AP IMAGES)

“I wish I could say our ideas were lofty,” Smith tells us by phone. “We’re doing this tour solely because Jason was jealous of the ‘Red State’ experience,” he adds, referring to the successful tour supporting his 2011 live-action film.

With Smith’s personal and professional support, Mewes — who reprises his role as the marijuana-powered Chronic to Smith’s Bluntman in “Groovy Cartoon Movie” — is now more than 1,000 days clean after battling addiction to heroin and OxyContin, the director of such indie cult comedies as “Clerks,” “Mallrats” and “Chasing Amy” says.

“She hung in with the dude,” Smith says of Mewes’s wife, Jordan. “She rebuilt their marriage and she rebuilt him.”

After tonight’s D.C. screening, Smith and Mewes will perform this podcast, in which Mewes frequently discusses — with bracing honesty — his struggles with addiction.

To read Comic Riffs’s entire piece on Smith and Mewes — which ran in the print edition this weekend — you can click HERE.


"Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie" debuted this weekend. (Courtesy SmodCo/.)