Two Jersey Boys Watch Jersey Shore

Joel Stein gets together with the bard of the Garden State, Kevin Smith, to assess the merits of MTV reality show Jersey Shore

Illustration: John Ueland for TIME; Smith: Michael Buckner / Getty

I deeply love New Jersey, though not enough to live there. So when I heard that MTV's reality show Jersey Shore has been portraying my home state as a pit of testosterone, salaciousness and vulgarity, I was furious to think that it might be an inaccurate presentation of New Jersey's testosterone, salaciousness and vulgarity.

To check, I asked director Kevin Smith, New Jersey's great chronicler in films such as Clerks and Mallrats, to watch the show and comment on its inaccuracies. Smith, who lives three miles from my house in Los Angeles, does not watch any reality shows...

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