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Tough Shit: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,135 Ratings  ·  704 Reviews
That Kevin Smith? The guy who did “Clerks” a million years ago? Didn’t they bounce his fat ass off a plane once? What could you possibly learn from the director of “Cop Out”? How about this: he changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-three, and since then, he’s done whatever the hell he wants. He makes movies, writes comics, owns a store, and now he’s built a podcast ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by Gotham (first published January 10th 2012)
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May 29, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Ad
Jul 10, 2012 Everitt rated it it was amazing
First, I'm a big Kevin Smith fan, and have been since 1994, so this is an admittedly biased review. 4.5/5 Stars

The 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
Dec 19, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

For 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
Roya Shaban
Jan 28, 2015 Roya Shaban rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015

" 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 ابح
Peter Derk
Feb 14, 2014 Peter Derk rated it liked it
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 pro
Jun 05, 2012 Cayr rated it really liked it
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 yo ...more
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/motiv
Apr 09, 2012 Eric rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Hardcore Kevin Smith fans
Shelves: humor, memoirs, audiobooks
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. ...more
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, bo
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 di ...more
May 28, 2012 Traci rated it really liked it
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
Joe Barlow
Apr 21, 2012 Joe Barlow rated it really liked it
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 a ...more
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 t ...more
Aug 10, 2016 Nadia rated it it was amazing
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 no
Mike Crews
Jan 25, 2016 Mike Crews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 d
Callie Rose Tyler
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 dis
May 02, 2012 Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, memoir
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 s ...more
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 suspe ...more
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 reso
Aug 13, 2013 Myha rated it it was amazing
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 stinkin ...more
Nov 02, 2012 Anelis rated it really liked it
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 fa
Justin Hall
Aug 18, 2015 Justin Hall rated it it was amazing
I have been a huge fan of Kevin Smith since the VHS days and this book is making me roll back through this film career for a third time. I always watch them in order and am never disappointed.
The book was classic Kevin Smith and I say that like I know him personally but in reality I only know him so well by listening to so many of his podcasts and watching his movies over and over.
I do think he is a genius though and in so many ways other than just making a person laugh.

His ability to tell a st
Jan 06, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I was so inspired by this book that I typed a portion of it into my iPod notebook and read a certain quote back to myself whenever I feel like I'm not getting anywhere as an artist. I think this book speaks to the artists among us more than anyone else. Here's the quote:

"There's a trick to being whatever you want to be in life.
It starts with the simple belief that you are, who or what, you say you are.
It starts like all faiths, with a belief.
A belief predicated more on whimsy than reality.
Jan 04, 2015 Jon rated it did not like it
Having "Life Advice" in the title of this book is a joke. A more apt title would've been Kevin Smith: Fellating my friends, Fellating Myself.

This has nothing to do with life advice. This is the story of Kevin Smith (common man / Uberhero), from the point of view of Kevin Smith (common man, Uberhero), telling the story of how he made it in life. And he spends so much time verbally blowing his friends and himself that he doesn't notice that the audience is embarrassed for him. And we just want to
Dale Pearl
Kevin Smith....
Not sure how this book wound up on my reading list but there it is. Tough Shit is not a book that I would normally read so maybe that is the reason alone.
Ok let's be honest here. This is not a particularly well written book. Are you in love with profanity? If you then this book is for you. Shit, Fuck, Cum, Dick can be found in every other sentence and I mean that literally.

I'm not even a fan of his movies. Clerks... believe it not I never finished it. Maybe his fan base gets off o
Sep 02, 2012 Kara rated it liked it
I am a huge Kevin Smith fan. I admire his personal story and his commitment to being himself, combined with his desire to make movies HIS way. I have legit-acquired autographed photos of him and Mewes in my living room. I am still proud to display them despite this book. I proudly believe that "Dogma" is one of the smartest, misunderstood, underrated movies ever made.

With that said, half of this book was exactly what I would want to know about Kevin. He gives very compelling insight into what it
Laura Roberts
Kevin Smith gives the smackdown to all that oppose him. Y'know, kinda like that scene in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" where they print out a list of all the people who posted shitty things about the real-life Jay and Silent Bob on and go door to door beating them up? Yeah, kinda like that. Except funnier, and with much less violence.

He tells the tale of his rise to fame, having to eat crow for making "bad" movies like Mallrats (one of my faves by KS, actually, since Jason
Sam Quixote
Mar 29, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
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 ha ...more
Karen DelleCava
Apr 16, 2013 Karen DelleCava rated it it was amazing
Kevin Smith is brilliant, hysterically funny, inspiring, at times poignant and definitely not for the faint of heart. Generously peppered with the F-bomb, Smith's message: If you can dream it, you can become it. Tough Sh*t is the Red Bull boost any writer will appreciate if you're slogging through a first draft of a novel and wondering to yourself, Can I actually get this book published?

He also challenges the critics. Hey, we all love and believe great reviews of our work but when a less than fa
Natalie (Natflix&Books)
Jan 31, 2013 Natalie (Natflix&Books) rated it really liked it
While I'm not going to pretend to be the biggest Kevin Smith fan of all time, I AM a pretty big Kevin Smith fan. I've seen Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and Dogma at least a dozen times each and have even watched Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back a number of times. I didn't think Jersey Girl was THAT bad (although I love Liv Tyler and would watch pretty much anything with her in it--except for this little seen movie called Heavy, which if just f**king horrible. I mean, like, so bad that it is the go-to mo ...more
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