Tough Sh*t by Kevin Smith
Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

69%

11 Critic Reviews

Not that there’s anything wrong with focusing more on entertaining readers than counseling them. But Smith’s entertainment, as always, is meant for a specific audience, one with a taste for adolescent raunch.
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Synopsis

The New York Times bestseller that is profane, honest, and contains totally wise sh*t from one of America’s most original voices.

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 comic book store, and has built a podcasting empire.

Tough Sh*t is the dirty business that Kevin has been digesting for forty-two years and now he’s ready to put it in your hands. Kevin provides you with a blueprint for success, taking you through some big moments in his life to help you live your days in as Gretzky a fashion as you can: going where the puck is gonna be. Read all about how a zero like Smith managed to make ten movies with no discernible talent and how when he had everything he thought he’d ever want, he decided to blow up his own career.
 

About Kevin Smith

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A writer, comedian, film producer, and director, KEVIN SMITH produced the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting; wrote and directed numerous successful films, including Clerks, Chasing Amy, and Jersey Girl; authored Silent Bob Speaks, Shootin' the Sh*t with Kevin Smith, and the New York Times bestseller My Boring-Ass Life; and cohosts “SModcast” on SiriusXM radio. He lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published March 20, 2012 by Gotham Books. 271 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Tough Sh*t
All: 11 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent
May 15 2012

Filthier than it needs to be, more self-aggrandizing than it should be, but more inspiring than you’d think it could be.

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Kirkus

Below average
Reviewed by Jack Feerick on Mar 19 2012

Which is why it’s doubly frustrating to read Smith’s scattered thoughts on criticism, audiences and artistic growth—thoughts that seem all the more contradictory, self-serving and wrongheaded for being surrounded by so much that is well-argued and insightful.

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AV Club

Below average
Reviewed by Tasha Robinson on Mar 28 2012

Not that there’s anything wrong with focusing more on entertaining readers than counseling them. But Smith’s entertainment, as always, is meant for a specific audience, one with a taste for adolescent raunch.

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Hippocampus Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Ally Bishop on May 01 2012

While a closer editing would have made it more readable, it might have destroyed the spirit that is the man....

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NerdCaliber

Excellent
May 19 2012

It is very relatable, very down-to-Earth, and reads like a friend telling you what he/she went through at work/mall/bar/strip club today.

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blurppy

Good
May 02 2012

...this book doesn’t solve life’s problems but it does highlight some of them and gives you a taste as to how someone, just like you, dealt with them. Good or bad, right or wrong, the path chosen is an entertaining one.

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GeekNative

Good
Reviewed by Andrew Girdwood on Mar 11 2012

...easy to recommend to any hardcore Smith fan but it’s more complex for anyone else. Overall; this autobiography is a low risk for a high reward investment though – if you’re not certain, but suspect you might like it, I’d grab a copy.

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Leap In The Dark

Good
Reviewed by Richard Marcus on May 17 2012

Some might find it a bit of a stretch comparing Kevin Smith's philosophy of life with that of e.e. cummings. But what he has to say about art and being an artist ranks right up there with cummings.

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Organized Remains

Below average
May 05 2012

Overall, I wasn't a big fan of this autobiography....The book feels less about giving a reader insight to his personal life and more like long advertisements to check out his past, present and future work.

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The Choke Bucket

Good
Apr 05 2012

I say pick up this book and read it for inspiration....And when you finish this book you will say, that was disgusting. But if this lazy bastard can do it, anyone can.

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Pop Culture Landscape

Good
Reviewed by Dominic Messier

In any case, grab this book if you can, it’s a great read, full of revelations about the perils of Hollywood movie making, how much….ahem….”fun” it is to work with Bruce Willis, and so much more.

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