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Profane, honest, and totally real advice from comedian and director Kevin Smith - one of America's most original voices....Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was 24 with the reProfane, honest, and totally real advice from comedian and director Kevin Smith - one of America's most original voices....Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was 24 with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, runs his own production company, wrote a best-selling graphic novel, and has a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right.As Kevin's millions of Twitter followers and millions of podcast listeners know, he's the first one to admit his flaws and the last one to care about them. In early 2011, he began using his platform to answer big questions from fans - like "What should I do with my life?"- and he discovered that he had a lot to say. Tough Sh-t distills his four decades of breaking all the rules down to direct and brutally honest advice, including:Why he has accepted Ferris Bueller as his personal savior, and what the Tenets of Buellerism can teach about hiding in plain sight and lip-syncing in the face of dangerWhy it's really fun to eat but not so fun to be fatWhat to do about people who don't like your policies (for starters, tell them to pucker up and smooch your big ol' butt)What Kevin's idol Wayne Gretzky can teach us about creativity and directionFor anyone who's out of a job, out of luck, or just out of sugary snack foods, Tough Sh*t is an unabashedly honest guide to getting the most out of doing the least.LENGTH5 hrs and 58 mins...

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  • Everitt
    2019-03-17 23:12

    First, I'm a big Kevin Smith fan, and have been since 1994, so this is an admittedly biased review. 4.5/5 StarsThe best thing about Smith's style, in film, his podcasts and this book is that he mixes the sacred and profane in a way few others can. In fact, I can't think of anyone that can imitate the man. He was in a lot of ways an uncredited visionary: "Clerks" invented the bromance popularized by Judd Apatow. He is one of the five great indie filmmakers from the 1990s that, for me, defined the era (the others being, in no particular order: Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Richard Linklater, and Stephen Soderberg). The man just does not get the credit he deserves especially from critics. "Tough Sh*t" is an autobiography. His style is definitely on display. He's sentimentally vulgar. One of the funniest stories in the book is his recollections of "chimping out" on his wife's naked leg. If it weren't for the love he shows to his wife, the story would be gross (but still funny), but because he loves his family and friends and especially his wife Jen it is touching. And dirty. Very very dirty.The book is broken down into four parts. The first his film making life up through the under-rated Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan film "Cop Out". One of the books few weaknesses was, in my eyes, the speed with which he passed by the early days of his career. I realize he was anxious to get to the more recent experiences with "Cop Out" and "Red State" and his SModcasts, but skipping some of the fundamentals hurt the experience. Especially as I'm sure Gretzky would disapprove of skipping the fundamentals to get to the big show. His recollections on the era would have been a nice contrast to those presented by Peter Biskind in Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film. One of the strengths of the first section was his non-linear discussion of how Harvey and Bob (but mostly Harvey) groomed him to be a "Miramaxketeer" - an ostensibly indie filmmaker with the pockets of a major studio. He and other Miramax filmmakers were taught the six majors were the enemy, a line he believed for most of his career. But discovered things can never be so simply in such a large, connection based industry. (view spoiler)[ One of the times I teared up a little was during the story of how Harvey could not be bothered to shut up about the Jets score while watching the premiere of "Red State" at Sundance. Smith looked out after shushing Weinstein to see his seat empty and that was the last time they spoke. (hide spoiler)]The second phase of the book really revolves around "Cop Out" and "Red State". This is a little less biography and a little more production bible. Oh and he absolutely goes off on Bruce Willis. If you're a fan of the SModcast or his live shows you already know how much hell his childhood hero put him through on the set of his biggest movie. But here he is not telling the story for laughs. He is telling it to introduce us to the conditions which brought him to retirement. Morgan comes off looking sane and Willis looking like a spoiled movie star. I would not assume that either of them are completely what they are made out to be in the book, as it is Smith's opinion of two actors at a specific moment in time, but this was a pitiable experience. The third phase is comprised of three chapters on "Red State". For those no in the know, this is Smith's horror film about a family of Fred Phelps meets Branch Dividan Christians that find themselves in a stand off with a Janet Reno like federal law enforcement agency. It is a brilliant film. If you've not seen it check it out. But the stories about making it and working with Michael Parks are great. And it was touching to hear Smith talk about his screening with Parks at Tarantino's house. As he says at one point in the book, "moments become memories" and I kept thinking that will be one moment anyone who loves indie film would have given an arm to experience. And I'm thankful he chose to share it with us.Finally, the book reverts to autobiography. Smith takes us through the foundation of the SModpire with his long time friends and partners: Scott Mosier, Jason Mewes (of "Jay and Silent Bob Get Old," a drug recovery podcast, and one of the best available), Matt Cohen (the super excitable stoner who hosts the geek chat show "Bagged and Boarded" - just check out his episodes with the girls of Team Unicorn and if you have a geek-bone in your body you'll be hooked), Katie Morgan (co-host of "Having Sex, with Katie Morgan" yes another great podcast) and of course Ralph Garman (co-host of the signature show, Hollywood Babble-On). There are many more he's added over the last year. But one can tell that podcasting is his new passion. And as much as I'm looking forward to his last film "Hit Somebody" podcasting is really where you can see his passion on display. I would rather he not make the last film if his heart isn't into it. And judging from the book, it probably is not. He also talks about the incident with Southwest Airlines. He sounds just as impassioned about his treatment in the book as he did on the podcast he broadcast immediately after landing in Burbank from SFO. His treatment was of course absurd, but the completely offensive part was that Southwest ranked out a heavy girl and sat her next to Smith on his next flight and humiliated her in front of him to prove he wasn't being singled out. The last few chapters are not so much autobiography as they are love letters to those who have made his life worth living: his mom and dad, his wife and his daughter. At first they felt a bit out of place (like his list of quotes from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off") but on second thought what better way to illuminate the preceding events than to portray them as shadows cast by the lights of his life?A wonderful book I would recommend for anyone. (Unless you are offended by a lot of talk about d*cks, sh*t, f**king, c*m, homosexuality). This book is a both sentimental and hilarious.

  • Michael
    2019-02-26 01:49

    I "discovered" Kevin Smith's Clerks years ago on my college's cable system and immediately loved it. I've been a fan of Smith's voice ever since that time, enjoying his films and then subscribing to many of the podcasts Smith produces as part of his Smodcast network.If you've listened to a lot of Smith's commentaries, podcasts and various question and answer DVD releases, you've probably heard different variations of the some of the stories and incidents Smith relates here in Tough Shit: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good. But that familiarity won't necessarily ruin the enjoyment of this book, nor the "life advice" Smith is trying to share with his readers (or in my case, listeners since I consumed this as an audio book).Told in typical Smith fashion (meaning lots of use of the f-word and body function humor. If that's not your cup of tea, you probably won't enjoy this book in the least. But then again, you shouldn't be surprised because this is, after all, Kevin Smith), the stories detail Smith's influences, his career and his life. In between learning about how Smith decided that he didn't want to just dream a filmmaker but actually decided he was a filmmaker to his courtship and marriage to his wife Jen, the book finds Smith as his self-critical best. Yes, a lot of time is spent praising his latest release Red State and the way in which Smith "bucked" the independent movie system that helped launch his career, but in between those chapters is some fascinating commentary from inside the indie system during its rise in the mid to late 90's. Smith doesn't pull any punches either (again, not a shock if you've listened to his Dogma commentary). One chapter relates Smith's disappointment at getting to direct one of his childhood heroes in Bruce Willis and how Smith went from a fellow actor in one movie to an adversary and director in Cop Out. It doesn't necessarily make the movie any better as a finished product, but you may have a bit more respect for Smith in getting the film completed and it's a necessary piece to understand why Smith has decided to pursue other passions besides filmmaking. If you like Kevin Smith, this book is a must read, even if you've probably heard some of these stories before. If you don't know who Smith is, go and find his movies on DVD or Blu-Ray immediately and start watching them. And while Smith does use a lot of f-bombs and adult content to relate his story, like his influence of George Carlin, Smith never lets his crude language overshadow the true heart of the book and the stories he's relating. As you read (or in this case listen), you can hear the passion in Smith's voice as he tells the story of his own life in his own words.

  • Naksed
    2019-02-17 20:14

    I don't like memoirs that are written as a way to settle scores and it seems that a lot of film director Kevin Smith's memoirs are either about talking trash against other celebrities (like Neil Patrick Harris and Bruce Willis) or sucking up to them (Ben Affleck, Harvey Weinstein). I totally get that Willis can be a prima donna but isn't it your job as a director to manage that megalomania commonly found amongst "stars", get a performance out of them and achieve the movie you envision? I have a hard time believing Willis or any other diva would be able to get away with some of the stuff Smith talks about if they were dealing with Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, or Quentin Tarantino. Maybe it's because those directors are obsessive about their art and therefore unwilling to let anybody get in the way of their vision whereas Smith likes to spend his time in his trailer between takes smoking weed and playing video game NHL? If Steven Spielberg was given even a simple commercial to shoot, he wouldn't be wasting his time like this on the set. If anything, I lost the little respect I had for the director of Chasing Amy, a great little film that holds the distinction of having a non-vomit-inducing performance by Ben Affleck. Smith showed in this audiobook how unfunny and petty he is, how mediocre and uncommitted he is at his craft, and shared just way too much information about his sexual relationship with his wife, which in no way, shape or form did I want to listen to. DNF on Chapter 9 out of 14, because I just could not take anymore of his puffed-up, overly wordy yet empty memoirs.

  • Laura
    2019-03-12 03:02 someone who was around seven when Clerks premiered, I was very excited when I opened my box from Penguin Audio and saw this book. I didn’t need anyone to tell me who Kevin Smith is, what he looks like, or why he’s famous. I knew all that already thanks to my two older brothers. So I would like to half-heartedly dedicate this review to them. Brian and Blake, without you I would have been as clueless about who Kevin Smith was as all my friends were when I told them about this book. Sometimes I forget that the guys I hang around are younger than me and that my taste in films and music in the 90s was heavily influenced by my teenage brothers.Even though I saw most of Kevin Smith’s films when I was probably too young to be watching them, I loved them instantly. No matter what the critics said, I found them hilarious. I also have a major soft spot geeky guys of any kind, especially since I’m a pretty geeky girl. It was pretty eye-opening to read all this behind-the-scenes stuff about the movies I enjoyed years ago. Honestly, I was totally oblivious to critic opinions about the films. I just watched them, and enjoyed them. I had no clue how much crap Kevin Smith put up with to make some of his films. There’s some pretty cool insight into the movie business, both indie and big six. I think all of that stuff is interesting enough, but there is a lot more to Smith’s book than film talk and cum jokes (though, there are a lot of those).This book also offers some really great advice about discovering your passion and going for it. By chronicling his years from making Clerks trough today, he explains how he really got where he is: by not listening to people’s negative crap and following his dream. Of course, it’s not all as simple as that. There is tough shit to be endured, and that’s what I think Smith is trying to say in this book. There will be hardships and probably some failings. You have to take chances, but it will pay off in the end when you can look back and say you’ve accomplished something worthwhile (whether it be art, work, or an awesome family). The awesome part is that this advice is delivered in a voice that a younger generation can relate to. Kevin Smith may be close to twenty years older than me, but he talks like your best friend. He’s full of witty pop-culture references and profanity that color the speech of a lot of people today. He’s relatable, and I think that’s what makes this book work. He’s giving advice, but it doesn’t really feel like it. At least, not in the same way that your parents or teachers (or whoever) give you advice.Kevin Smith reads this book himself, and it’s perfect. I mean, after all he’s a good speaker and only he can deliver his words just right. Also, he stops reading a couple of times to throw in some quick comments and I found that really entertaining. I also loved his voices for Terrantino and Bruce Willis. They were pretty close. At the end, he includes something his daughter wrote about him, and it has to be the sweetest thing ever. I’m pretty sure she reads it herself, which is also pretty cute.If you know who Kevin Smith or have seen his films, you should grab this. If you don’t and you enjoy crude but witty humor, you should grab it anyway. There’s always time to watch the films after.This book was provided by the publisher for review. I did not receive any payment in exchange for the review nor was I obligated to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  • رؤيا شعبان
    2019-03-04 23:53

    " I finally said it aloud. “I want to be a filmmaker.” I’d say that for a few weeks until my sister, Virginia, gave me awesome advice. “Then be a filmmaker.” “That’s the idea,” I said. “I want to be a filmmaker.” “You don’t have to want to be a filmmaker, just be a filmmaker,” Virginia said. “Every thought you have, think it as a filmmaker. You’re already a filmmaker; you just haven’t made a film yet.”كيفن سميت ، مخرج افلام مميز و انسان رائع استمتعت بقراءة الكتاب كثيراً كثيراً ، رغم اني كنت ابحت عن شئ ما لو اجدهو لكني احببت اسلوبه الكتابي الظريف ، و روحه الجميله و كيف كافح ولا يزال يكافح من اجل احلامه" Done wait for a dying alien to give you a magic ring ; just do it yourself , slappy we can't all be superman , but we sure as shit can train hard and with loads of practice , we can be batman " بالتأكيد من الاشياء المهمة في الكتابنقطة حول شركات انتاج الافلام ، و هنا بالتحديد نتكلم عن شركة Miramaxهناك الكثير من المعلومات التي لم اكن اعرفها عن الشركةرغم انها شركة افلام المفضلة عندي ,و كذلك الكثير عن الانداي موفي الكتاب ايضاً يتكلم عن كل افلام المخرج ، كيف كتبهاككيف اخرجهاكيف بدأهاكيف قرر ان يصبح صانع افلام ، افلام و ليس موفيز كما يقول كيفن" Movies are for the masses ; i only watch films "يتكلم ايضا عن الاشخاص الذين الهموه و منهم بالتاكيدكونتن ترانتيوو ايضا عن الاشخاص الذي دعموه في بدايته حتي الان , ومنهم زوجتهجينفر سميت بالتأكيد هذا كان جزءي المفضل من الكتابكيف ضحت زوجته بعملهاكصحفيه في احد اكبر المجلات في العالم لتكون معهoverallان كنت محب لاعمال كيفن سميت ،او عندك فضول لمعرفتهفهذا الكتاب لك ., واخيراً نصحيه رائعه من كيفن" You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain "

  • Cayr
    2019-03-10 02:48

    Reading Kevin Smith is kind of a guilty pleasure for me. On the one hand, his humor can be base and vulgar. On the other hand, he is a very good writer, extremely intelligent, and his sense of irony and effortless wit are a joy to behold. (It doesn't hurt that I also happen to find him very attractive, and that I am a fangirl who understands the whole comic book thing.) Sometimes he hides his light under a barrel tagged with profanity, but it strikes me as more of a marketing ploy to keep his younger audience engaged.Smith is a chronicler. This is his third memoir, and while it may be hard to believe that a guy his age has experienced enough in his life to fill three volumes, his journey has actually been pretty fascinating. Smith shares with readers how a regular guy from NJ decided one day that he wanted to make movies, and then did. The life advice he gives is no joke. Very real coaching on how to attain your dreams; sometimes told with a wink and a nudge, but very sage advice, regardless. If you can get past the first chapter, which is full of sophomoric humor and jism jokes, you may find the rest of the book to be quite the surprise. Smith always treats the reader to insider (and sometimes bizarre) stories about hollyweird, and this book is no exception. He gives behind-the-scenes peeks at what is involved in making movies, what box office dollars actually mean and provides a frank and honest description of getting things done (and not getting them done) in tinseltown. In his last memoir, Smith romanticized about working with Bruce Willis. In this memoir, he recounts his experience of working with Willis on the set of "Cop Out", and describes the fanboy disillusionment that arose from directing the star. In one chapter, Smith goes into details about his run-in with the airline that said he was too fat to fly. He turns the story on its ear, with his unique ability to turn his personal humiliation into hilarity.The very worst part of the book is when Smith writes that he is going to stop making movies. I can't help but think that the guy who gave us Clerks, Chasing Amy, Jersey Girl (yeah, I pretty much loved Jersey Girl, even though the fallout from "Bennifer" killed it at the box office)and Dogma, still has more to say via the medium. Smith goes on at length about his SModcasts and his plans to keep writing. The best part of the memoir? When Smith references my favorite book of all time: The Outsiders. (though admittedly, he was probably referencing the movie).Near the end of the book, Smith gets candidly personal and writes about his family...he goes on and on about his wife, the fabulous Ms. Schwalbach...who stole him away from the rest of us girls. He tells the story of their meeting and how Jen and his daughter Harley have changed his life. A very entertaining read.

  • Brandon
    2019-02-24 19:57

    It's been 10 years since I watched my first Kevin Smith movie. Since then, I've seen all of his films, read all of his books and graphic novels, listened to hundreds of episodes of shows contained on the SModcast network and taken in two live shows. Therefore, it's fair to say that I'm a pretty big fan of his. With that information, it's hard to feel like I'm really reviewing this book given my massive bias. I'm going to give it a shot though.I knew that even before I picked up this memoir/motivational book, I was going to be confronted with stories and events that I already know a great deal about. If anything, Smith is known by his fans for being incredibly transparent. So much so that no aspect of his life ever seems to be off limits for discussion (look for the chapter when he discusses - in detail - his sexual exploits with one Jennifer Schwalbach, his wife). Given that I generally enjoy going for long walks with my iPod (which I've renamed iSMod - I know, I know), I spend the majority of those long walks listening to him talk about everything from his recent physical (in incredible detail, mind you) to his life-altering obsession with Wayne Gretzky.I already knew all about topics like the Red State development, the incident on South West and the story about his Dad's passing but he makes it all seem fresh. There's something to be said about his writing - it's pretty effortless.Despite the fact that with the exception of a few select films in Clerks, Clerks 2, Chasing Amy and Red State, he's usually publically lambasted by critics for his poor efforts. When facing those oh so important opinions whenever he approaches a new direction in life, he often needs to find a way to remain positive.After answering several questions on Twitter, he had the idea to write a full book dispensing his advice for those who seek it. A self-help or motivational book makes perfect sense for Smith, so it's a wonder he hasn't done this already. Granted, he'll be the first person to tell you that he certainly isn't perfect but he'll also let you know that if he can achieve his dreams then so can you.

  • Peter Derk
    2019-03-01 22:15

    Listened to on audio, read by the author. The guy's done enough podcasting that it works pretty well.If you're not really familiar with Kevin Smith, this is an awesome point of entry. Do me a favor, if I ever write a book someday, don't refer to it as a Point of Entry. Sorry, Mr. Smith.But really, he goes through his whole career here, the interesting parts, the weird parts, and some of the funniest.One of my favorites, the oft-told tale where Kevin and friends decided to protest the churchy protesters of his movie by making asinine protest signs, including one of the funniest ever written onto a placard: "Cock is Yummy"If you've been following Kevin Smith and listening to him for some time, you've probably heard most of what's in here. If not, you'll dig it. Especially effective to this ol' softy, the afterward, an essay written by his daughter, is also READ by his daughter in the audiobook version. I don't know what's going on with me. Some kind of male version of just wanting to be a mommy or something. Whatever chemicals is in my body, they fucked up. But I found the reading really touching.

  • Eric
    2019-03-07 19:15

    Smith discusses a wide variety of topics in this book -- what inspired him to make Clerks, the Weinstein's, making Cop Out with Bruce Willis, Wayne Gretsky, Red State, the Southwest incident, George Carlin, podcasts, Quentin Tarrantino, and meeting his wife. But if you are looking for any sort of motivation or advice in any of them, you can safely skip this book. If you are looking for occasionally funny, always interesting look at Hollywood from a fringe insider, this is a decent book to read. With that being said, if you have seen his spoken word performances -- An Evening with Kevin Smith, An Evening With Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder, Sold Out: A Threevening With Kevin Smith, Kevin Smith: Too Fat For 40 -- or heard his podcasts, this book will not break much new ground for you, although Smith is a good enough storyteller to have his rehashed stories remain interesting.

  • Aistė Aidukaitė
    2019-03-06 21:08

    I'm going to start this by saying that my favorite film is a black and white indie from 1990s (you know where I'm going with this).So I have no problem with Kevin Smith ranting about being too fat to fly. Or eating his wife's pussy. Also, he recorded his own audiobook and he was high while doing it. I'd say this was well worth 5:55 hours of my time.

  • Marta
    2019-02-17 21:11

    If you are a Kevin Smith fan, you'll dig this book. If you have no idea who Kevin Smith is, but like intelligent hilarity even if it is overrun with profanity and bodily fluids, you'll also dig this book. Otherwise steer clear.I have been a Kevin Smith fan ever since I saw Clerks in a tiny Budapest art movie theater. I like dude-humor, the honesty of it. It is odd because I am not a fan of pointless cursing. But Kevin Smith and his bros have a way of twisting that language in creative, hilarious and honest ways. They tell it like it is, the cursing is not the punch line, and they don't use it to put people down with it. Silent Bob tells stories of his life, how he made Clerks on credit cards, dishes about Miramax, Tarantino, Bruce Willis, and the movie business that spends four times as much on marketing than the actual cost of the movie. He talks lovingly and with a hard-on about his wife, sharing way too much gross personal detail yet somehow managing to be touching.What I like most about his movies is that despite the non-stop profanity, they somehow manage to be touching and human. And hilarious. This book delivers the same, especially the audio, which Smith narrates himself. I loved it!

  • sixthreezy
    2019-02-23 01:07

    If you are interested in reading this book, I highly recommend listening to the audiobook version that Kev himself narrates. Yes, @ThatKevinSmith narrates his own book, but are you surprised? The man just has such a way with words, and anyone who is familiar with SIR! or any of his podcasts will know what I am talking about. He's mesmerizing as a reader, or narrator, and I could not help but being fully transfixed to his narration of his own story. No one could have read it any better than he did, but again, is that a surprise? This was easily one of the most inspiring books I've ever read, because Kev's outlook on life really makes sense to me. If you put the work into it, and sometimes even if you don't, you can be anything you want to be and he is the proof. From his recounting of the days of the Miramaxketeers with the Weinstein boys, to the days he spent developing a relationship with his now wife Jen Schwalbach, Kevin never lets go of the listener. A constant entertainer, and even when the story gets tough, or is filled with anger or emotion, he delivers it in the most entertaining way possible.If you don't like dirty words, you won't like this dirty book. But odds are, you'll know if you are interested in this or not. All I can say is that it is a must for you to have him read it to you instead of you reading it to yourself. Not only does he add some things in to make the audio better, but you really get a better feel for the story when you hear him tell it to you. The stories of working with Bruce Willis are eye opening after you hear everything else Kevin Smith had been through to that point, to understand where he has come from to reach such a point in his career. Also, the essay his daughter wrote for him for Christmas in 2011 was worthy of tears, and the background music played while SHE reads it to you just adds to that. I was touched, entertained, and fucked in the ears by the Fatman himself, and I enjoyed every single second of it.

  • Traci
    2019-02-17 21:04

    You seem to either love or hate Kevin Smith. I have yet to find someone who is ambivalent about the director (unless they literally have no idea who he is). And that's OK; someone like Smith who turned filmmaking on its head with "Clerks" deserves to be revered or reviled.This is an interesting, if expletive-filled, book. Yeah, there's a lot of swearing here, so if you've got delicate ears - or eyes, I guess - this may not be something you want to pick up. Smith writes exactly the way I imagine him talking, which is refreshing in a way. Some "biographies" have co-writers (either credited or not) who help the author polish the work so much that you wonder who really wrote the thing. No doubt about the author here - it's Smith all the way. What comes out most in this book is the love Smith has for two things: his family and movies. Smith would be the total homebody dad and husband if it weren't for touring to support his films. And it's obvious how much he's been in love with movies since he and his dad used to hit the local theater weekly. Indeed, some of the most touching moments of the book are Smith talking about his dad. They didn't have a mushy father-son relationship - this was before all that touchy-feely sh*t was in vogue. Smith's dad was a man's man, a postal employee who loathed his job, a smoker, a grunter. In fact, it was his dad's feelings about his job that spurred Smith to find his own way; he watched his father trudge off to a job he hated each and every day, and Kevin vowed to not be that guy. Which brings me to the most shocking part of the book, Smith's plans to get out of the film business. I was really surprised to read that he plans to make one last movie, and then that's it - curtain closed on his directorial career. I was all "WTF???" (my poor attempt to sound like a Smith character) But he makes his point eloquently: he's been in the movie biz for 20+ years now, both as the boy wonder and then as the senior director. He's been enamored of the Weinsteins and Miramax, and he's also thumbed his nose at them when they moved on to the next boy wonder (he also stole a lot of their promo tricks, which he worked to his advantage, and which really pissed off Harvey). But as Smith himself pointed out, it's no longer fun and wonderful for him to be the director. He's told the stories he's wanted to tell, and he's getting tired of the business. He's becoming his dad trudging off to work, and remember, he does not want to be "that guy". So he's taking his talents in another direction, the podcast, and live tours of him and his band of merry men talking on stage, which was always his favorite part of the movie promo stuff anyway.It's a cool book, told by a cool guy, a self-professed schlub who made good. If nothing else, pick it up for the chapter about George Carlin, one of Smith's childhood heroes. I cried, and like Smith, I miss George. And much as it may pain me as a movie fan, I admire Kevin Smith for taking control of his life and doing what he wants to do. I wish him luck in his next career, and we'll always have The Quick Stop.

  • Callie Rose Tyler
    2019-03-12 02:58

    ***Warning***If you are easily offended or not a fan of crass, crude, and expletive ridden humor do not read this book!This book, written and narrated by Kevin Smith, is the genuine article and very....well Kevin Smithish.This is not the traditional chronological from birth to now memoir but is more event focused and will very often jump back and forth in time. The events that are discussed are chosen based on their importance and impact on Smith's life and creative process. The major topics discussed include: the rise and downfall of Miramax, The Making of Cop Out/The douchiness of Bruce Willis, The Making of Red State/The douchiness of Harvey Weinstein, the SModcast empire, the 'too fat to fly' incident, Why Wayne Gretzky and George Carlin are so great, the courtship of Mrs. Kevin Smith a.k.a. 'banging' Jennifer Schwalbach, and it wraps up with an ode to John Hughes' Ferris Bueller and a letter written and read by Harley Quinn Smith (Kevin's daughter).Overall I was highly entertained but there were a few portions that nearly bored me to tears. Basically everything to do with podcasts and touring podcast was devoid of humor. I get that it is a big part of Kevin's career and illustrates his accessibility to his fans but I found it to be very dull. I also could have done with a few less details of the Smith/Schwalback sex life. I get that you love your wife and are very proud of her but I do think that he went somewhat over board describing bedroom scenes, that is the mother of your child dude, quit talking about her butt-hole, it was somewhat funny but shockingly intimate...way too much information.I absolutely loved hearing about about what an ass Bruce Willis was while filming Cop Out.I was completely engaged, enthralled even, by Smith's re-telling of the infamous altercation with Southwest in which he was kicked off a flight because they told him he was too fat. I might have even cried as he described how he begged the flight attendant to spare him the embarrassment that would follow being kick off the plane. Yes Kevin Smith is crude and raunchy but underneath that he is also very clever and sweet, he manages to be both relate-able and inspiring.Overall, I laughed, I cried, I cringed. This is highly entertaining and well written. Recommended for Kevin Smith fans, indie film buffs, fat nerds, ugly nerds, depressed nerds, and nerds that are doing okay but want to laugh.

  • Mike Crews
    2019-02-20 01:01

    I have always loved Kevin Smith and his work. I've found myself at times feeling bad for him for not receiving the critical acclaim I feel that his work is worthy of. It's all too easy to cast aside something that is different or look past the depth of one's inelegance because they chose to use crude humor to illustrate their point. After reading this book, I no long feel sorry for Kevin Smith because, for better or worse, he did things his way. This book is an inspirational text about chasing down your dream career and doing the things you want to do with that career. Some reviews say that this book didn't contain much life advice; to those critics, I would say read it again. Yes, it's not a step-by-step, do these things and be successful kind of book. Some of the lessons you have to draw out yourself, but they are in there. However, this book is a "this is the way I did it; maybe it will work for you" kind of book. (Not a quote from the author). I enjoyed reading about how Kevin Smith was able to accomplish the things he wanted to do and bring his friends and family along for the ride. Too many times people get a little success and forget where they came from...not Kevin Smith. Here is a man who is successful and challenges those around him to be successful as well. The love he has for his friends, family and mentors is amazing and shared throughout the book. I teared up a couple of times during this book, and I don't do that often. After reading "Tough Shit," I felt inspired to chase my own dream and get back to my art. I have been saying I want to be a writer for awhile now, but I have been pussyfooting around about getting started. The part of this book that I really dug was when Kevin told his sister that he wanted to be a film maker. It was the first time he had ever really told anyone. She said, "Then you are a film maker; you just haven't made a film yet. That wisdom hit home for me. I look at it this way: I am a writer; I just haven't been published yet.If you want to read a story about a "fat, lazy slob who did good" and did it his own way--on his own terms, then this is the book for you.

  • Avery (ThePagemaster)
    2019-03-15 22:56

    By now, everybody has probably heard of Kevin Smith, to some degree. He's the guy that made Clerks, and even refers himself, a couple of times, as "The Guy that did Clerks". One of favorite movies, as well as Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back; not movies that I go to all the time. Just some that I watch every now and then to keep the humor alive and are fun to quote.What I liked the most about this book was the book itself. It reads like Kevin Smith really wrote this, and it does have his humor, both dry and creative. I liked his chapters about his family, especially the first chapter where he talks about his father, and the end where he talks about his wife and daughter. I also like the chapters where he talks about Westboro protesting one of his movie screenings, as well as being "escorted" (fat-shamed) on a plane by attendants and how body image is irrelevant and to be proud of being plus-sized, if you are.What kinda set this book back for me, and didn't bring it home, was that he was a bit too personal. There's a point in the book where he talks about how he first met his wife, which was nice at first, but he kinda went too descriptive as he loved her(long time). Plus, he talks a lot about Hockey and Gretsky, which I don't really care for, but should have expected because he ALWAYS wears a hockey jersey.I feel like this would have been better had I listened to this book on audio, because I believe Kevin Smith narrates it. Reading it just seemed like a hit-and-miss. But that's not to say that I don't like Smith less because of this book.

  • Joe Barlow
    2019-03-03 21:07

    The infuriating thing about Kevin Smith is his determination to hide his intelligence and sensitivity behind a cloud of vulgar profanity and fart jokes. CLERKS and CHASING AMY were the films that prompted me to start writing screenplays and making my own short movies, and for years I held him up as an indie role model, although I lost a bit of faith when Smith squelched his unique voice and began churning out mainstream-ish comedies like COP OUT and ZACK & MIRI. Smith feels my pain -- he's apparently upset with himself, too. But in this new quasi-autobiography, Smith writes with great pinnace about his life, his creative output, his family, and his role models. The result is an absolutely charming book, bordering on inspirational. Smith is often hilarious, but he occasionally delves a bit too far into the gutter for my tastes. (I read far more about his attraction to his wife's a**hole than I ever wanted to know, for instance.) But I couldn't put this book down, and I am pleased to announce that my faith has been restored. Well-played, sir. Well-played.

  • Abigail
    2019-03-17 23:08

    This biography about Kevin Smith, narrated by Kevin himself, was incredibly inspiring and exciting to me in ways I can't even begin to describe. It easily has escalated as a late runner in the year towards being a heavily favored choice for my #1 Favorite Book of the Year! I have been a fan of Kevin Smith's movies since the beginning of his career making CLERKS. So to hear him tell essentially his film life story, I was highly interested and intrigued by the stories he told! I especially liked the story behind the making of COP OUT and RED STATE. Having graduated from film school, Kevin's book spoke to me on so many levels. When he described the reaction (view spoiler)[Quentin Tarantino gave of seeing RED STATE (hide spoiler)] I could picture the whole event happening and it was funny and so emotionally resonant in understanding incredible influence Tarantino has for Smith.Up there as one of my top favorite biographies of all time!

  • Nadia
    2019-03-19 21:49

    That was great! Although most of the stuff in this book I heard during one or another Q&A recordings it was really interesting and inspirational to read it all at once. Kevin Smith is a great story-teller and he takes you to a whole new level of entertaining. I think I could listen to him reading some restaurant menu and he still would find a way to make it funny and interesting. I just don't agree with his description of himself. I think Kevin Smith is really talented man. You can see it not only by what he achieved but also by how diversified his projects are.So, whatever you do - be passionate about it and surround yourself with why-not people. :)

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    2019-03-19 23:51

    3.5 stars I'd like to rate it a 4, but I know it's because I listened to Smith read his own book, and that was totally worth buying. He read it from his house after smoking pot. Never out of character that guy. So I didn't really see this book as a life advice book. Rather it was a book about his movie career, his wife, his idol, George Carlin, his humiliation on Southwest Airlines, etc., which was all interesting. At least his storytelling prowess made it interesting. He had sidebars, he used voices for different people, he really got into it. I suggest if you want to read this book, go audio.

  • Veronica Lara
    2019-02-20 01:50

    Okay I picked this book up and put it down and finally in a April managed to read it all the way through. If you are not a fan of blatant honesty, nerdisms, and profanity, this shit ain't for you.I love Kevin Smith's podcasts, movies, tv shows etc. This guy is your best friend who is obsessed with comics and Star Wars. He's a relatable human who just happens to be famous. This book just further cements him into my mind as an amazing human being who is also very inspiring and encourages people to go out there and create something.

  • Leigh Clemons
    2019-03-06 20:57

    I wouldn't recommend that everyone live his/her life according to the wit and chronic wisdom of Kevin Smith. For me, however, Smith's work in film, podcasting, and now in print have been a literal and figurative lifesaver. I had followed his films and the maiden voyage of SModcast for a long time, but Smith's dive into the full-blown world of podcasting corresponded with a time in my life when I had, well, WAY too much time on my hands. I listened hardcore, and I was hooked. Smith book reveals to a larger audience what those of us who follow his other work already know: he is a hard-working, talented, and genuine person. He has found success in a difficult field, compounded by his refusal to kowtow to the dictates of market-driven cinema in so many instances so he can remain true to himself and the stories he wishes to tell. Within all the rambling stories of his wife's ass, jokes about masturbation and weed, though, lies a man who has worked tirelessly to provide for his family, stayed loyal to his friends, and managed only a minimal amount of compromise in his work. Add to all of this the fact that Smith does not fit the visual (i.e., thin) mold for Hollywood success, and his story becomes even more of an inspiration. Smith is the first to tell you that his book is "not a blueprint: it's just some funny and bittersweet stuff that happened to me that I feel shaped me into a more well-rounded person....[It] is not the Necronomicron. It will not raise the dead." I beg to differ, however. The ability to entertain, shock and inspire is exactly what will raise the dead, or at least rattle their coffins a bit and get blood flowing again in a world of soul-less, self-centered ass covering hypocrites. Over the past three years, I have been able to count on Kevin Smith and his universe for humor and insight and, yes, LOYALTY, at a time when none of those things were present in my own life and I desperately needed them. He is a businessman, yes, and a showman, definitely, but first and foremost Kevin Smith is that rare commodity in today's world: a caring human being. That means he deals with a bunch of tough shit, but it also means that those of us who admire his work do so not only for his talents, but for the person behind the talent who keeps pulling himself up and plugging on, day after day. TOUGH SHIT is not a Tony Robbins how-to guide, but those of us who value it and Smith's work don't need it to be. If we want to know how to get it done and still be able to look ourselves in the eye at the end of the day, all we need is to download a podcast, pop in a DVD, or pray a live show comes to our neck of the woods. We can also follow Smith's lead and remain true to who WE are and find a way to make our own dreams a reality. In this way, Kevin Smith is the hero he has always wanted to be, for he inspires us to dream big, aim high, and not sweat the small stuff. Those are all valuable lessons in a world that encourages conformity, fakery, and obsession with surface crap. So, like his films, Smith's book will not win any fancy literary awards, but it will have an impact for the better on those who read it. In the end, he does what he does best: tell his stories for our amusement, to pass the time until we die screaming. He makes no apologies and expects nothing from us unless we wish to give it. And that, true believers, is the most profound impact anyone can have on another human being.

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-03-01 03:04

    Since I saw a headline on my RSS feed - "Fat Director kicked off flight" - and clicked on it, then (after reading the brief article surrounded by many ads) going to the Smodcast website, I've been hearing about Kevin Smith's life ever since. For a solid 2 years and change I've had Smodcast and its many, many attendant podcasts whenever I've had a long drive with myself or a walk to work or washing up and needing something non-musical. But having listened to the many entertaining stories Kevin has imparted, along with having seen his Q&A specials "Too Fat for Forty" and "Kevin Smith Burn in Hell", I realised after the first chapter of this book that for a person who shares everything, there's very little left to surprise someone who's been following along and listened to every story.Don't get me wrong, the book is admirable in that it encourages the reader to overcome any hesitation or doubt they may have and go out and just do it. Smith uses his father as an example for the rest of the book - Don Smith was a man who worked 20 years in a job he hated (the US postal service) to provide for his family and then after a too-short retirement, died of heart failure, screaming. The message to Smith was clear - never do a job you hate, never have regrets so when the time comes, you won't go out in as much pain.From there we get a whirlwind look at Smith's career, the story of "Clerks", and a brief synopsis of every film made since then. The filming of "Cop Out" and his clashes with Bruce Willis are documented, as well as the filming of "Red State" which takes up several chapters. What became known as the "Too Fat to Fly" incident with South West is detailed, and a loving final chapter to his wife Jennifer Schwalbach closes out the book along with a short note from their daughter Harley Quinn Smith.But for most Kevin Smith fans looking for something new or different from what Kevin usually blogs/tweets/podcasts about? It's not in this book. "Tough Shit" is basically a summary of Kev's career as well as a look into the memorable events of the last couple of years, all of which has been thoroughly talked about through Kevin's many podcasts. I suppose for those who haven't been following the pods this is a good place to get his thoughts on the South West incident, Bruce Willis, and Red State, but for those who have the book might seem a bit like overheated leftovers.That said, the book's message is put out clearly - if I can do it, so can you. Kevin is the encouragement any artist reading this book might lack and, with it, that artist might go on and create and find confidence in their work and create more. And for that alone, this book is worth it.Despite the feeling of déjà vu I felt while reading it, Smith writes so fluidly (a theme in and of itself in the book) and with such verve, humour, and intelligence, the book is never dull and having read some other reviews of this book, is an inspiration to many readers. For anyone looking for a book that markets itself as a self-help book but is really a series of funny essays in the life of a charming and gifted storyteller, this book can do no wrong. A quick read but fun, "Tough Shit" is a good time with common sense wisdom amid the jokes.

  • Lucy
    2019-02-24 18:59

    I remember watching Kevin Smith’s Clerks and Chasing Amy back in the day – I was big into slacker movies in the 90s. I think those are the only two of Smith’s movies I’ve seen – now I’m more of a romantic comedy kind of girl. Still, I remember the two films fondly; they introduced me to Smith’s humor, and in turn led the way to me listening to this audiobook. Now I know Kevin Smith more as a personality, as well as an annual public speaker at Hall H at Comic-Con. Based on all this I knew I was sure to be entertained and amused with Tough Sh*t.In Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good, Smith talks about his movie career and his influences from George Carlin to Wayne Gretzky to John Hughes. He dishes on which actors impressed him and which actors pissed him off as he takes you behind the scenes of his movies. Smith also gets the infamous “too fat to fly on Southwest” incident off his chest. Smith acknowledges his family by including a loving recognition of his wife Jen and compares his first date with Jen to Lloyd Dobler asking out Diane Court. Behind it all is some good career advice to get paid doing what you love to do.Kevin Smith’s story is inspirational – he fell in love with film and followed his dream to be a filmmaker. From his first visit to New York’s Angelika theatre he knew he wanted to follow in the footsteps of Slacker’s Richard Linklater and make films. In fact I learned in this audiobook that Smith made his mark on cinema by creating the bromance film genre. Interesting, right?The part of me that loves Hollywood gossip ate up Smith’s celebrity stories, from Bruce Willis’ on set bad behavior to his falling out with mentor Harvey Weinstein. Smith also gives a fascinating look at filmmaking when he decides to self distribute his Tarantino-esque film Red State. He also gets some jabs in to the movie critics who love to hate him.Who better than Kevin Smith to narrate his story? It’s his life and his stories and you can hear the passion and enthusiasm in his voice. His story is very personal, and like his films potty-mouthed at times, and I can’t imagine anyone else narrating the book. Smith is a professional podcaster so is obviously very comfortable behind the mic, and the six hours I listened to this audiobook flew by. His sharp humor, intelligence and knowledge of pop culture made for an entertaining listening experience.This book is for Kevin Smith fans, those who love movies and pop culture, and those looking for some creative inspiration. If you have six hours to spare and are not easily offended, check out this audiobook.

  • Kim
    2019-02-28 02:57

    At times hilarious, disturbing, insightful and inspiring the one thing this book wasn't was boring. For those who want an in-depth, detailed biography of Kevin Smith's life look elsewhere. This isn't that book. Instead Smith looks at the key moments in his life, both good and bad, and how they influenced his philosophy and life decisions.Told in the typical Kevin Smith manner it is irreverent, filthy, funny but at times a bit of a rant with a touch of fanboy thrown in. A lot of what he said resonates with me though. From the moment I first watched Dogma I knew there was something here, and then went I through his back catalogue it came home to me. Here I was, a 20-something with no higher education in a dead-end job, in a dead-end town, coping with life and relationships. It might have been 10 years old at the time but it still felt like a slice of my life. And the same will happen to people in a couple years time when it hits the 20th anniversary and then the 30th. That really says something that it will stay relevant through each subsequent generation.And sure Mallrats wasn't as great but I still loved it. I may not have liked his more recent films but then he's changing and so am I. I haven't seen Red State yet but I think I will. Smith is moving into a world of social media more now. He runs his own little podcast empire but that's an area I'm still a bit of a luddite in. I don't like listening to podcasts very much, I'm only now starting to do it with the S&L podcast. But I've liked what he's said in his films, and what he has written in this book, so I think I might have to look into where he's going in the future.A good book but I'd only recommend it to those who have experienced his work before and enjoyed it.

  • terpkristin
    2019-03-05 23:54

    Really more of a 2.5-star book than a 3-star book for me, this was an enjoyable autobiography of sorts from the man who brought us Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and other great and not-so-great flicks. There were some great stories in here, including the "full story" of the Southwest "too fat to fly" incident. There were a lot of war/film lover/film industry stories, as well. I admit I'm not much of a movie buff. I sometimes watch them, but really only on the order of a handful each year...I suspect that if I were more into movies, I'd have gotten more enjoyment out of this. But really, Kevin Smith seems like a smart dude who's had some interesting experiences. His stories had some great life-lesson type aspects, as well, and anybody who has a creative bent would do well to at least hear him out. Admittedly (and indeed expectedly), there was quite a bit of profanity in the book; it's not one I'd listen to with children or my own parents around. But I did enjoy it and even learned about 2 other of his flicks I've never seen (and are now in queues/wishlists on various sites).

  • Myha
    2019-03-14 00:01

    If you know me, you know I love this man and his sense of humor. This is a brilliant extension of his podcast that I have enjoyed over the last 5 years. This book is a retelling of many stories I have heard many times but put together this is a gem of a book. Ironically, this is also a great motivational book told by someone who never strove for greatness but has achieved it many times over by just being himself and doing what makes him most happy. It has a great message as well as being stinking hilarious. His humor is not for everyone but if you are part of the potty mouth dick and fart joke set... this is for you.

  • Anelis
    2019-03-07 20:06

    Having watched multiple times his Q&As and heard some of his podcasts....and read some of his blog posts.....and seen all of his movies I can say that I had already read at least half of the book before I even read the title. The audiobook is read by Kevin Smith and I really suggest that you try it first instead of another format. I couldn't imagine a better narrator for this book.I thought I had gotten over Kevin Smith and his pompous cocky attitude but I guess that deep down I'm still a fan whether I want to admit it or not.I really enjoyed this one.

  • Sandra Rebholz
    2019-03-07 00:51

    Loved it! Very funny and perverted. Made me laugh out loud many times. I mean who doesn't like silent Bob?

  • Nick Burrows
    2019-03-20 00:06

    There were parts of this book I loved. Most of the stuff Kevin wrote about making movies, podcasting, etc. was awesome. His insight, cutting edge ideas, and outside the box thinking is truly inspiring. The parts about his personal life, dragged on, were sometimes petty, and felt entirely too detailed. There were some chapters that were a chore and they ruined the overall experience for me. What easily should have been a 5 Star read, because I love Kevin Smith, at the end of the day was enjoyable but not great. I didn’t laugh as much as I wanted and I said “ugh” more than I wished I had.