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Clerks (1994)

R   |    |  Comedy


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A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.

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2 July 2004 | movieguy1021
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| Clerks.: 8/10
Everyone has to start somewhere. Kevin Smith started his popular Jay and Silent Bob series with Clerks., a $50,000 film whose soundtrack cost more than the actual movie cost to make. It's poorly done, it's monochromatic (which actually works to its advantage), it's cheap, but it's funny, and that's all that really counts. The story is more than I thought it would be, and it's continuously funny throughout the whole short runtime. Many of the crude adventures of Dante and Randal are now legendary.

Dante (Brian O'Halloran) works at the Quick Stop convenience store. He's called in on a day off. His friend Randal (Jeff Anderson) works next door at a video store, but sporadically closes it to hang out at the Quick Stop. Throughout the day, various things occur, such as a gum representative trying to get people to stop smoking and chew his gum, a rabbi using the employee's bathroom (with an unexpected twist at the end), disrupting a wake, and the now-classic scene at the video store with "Happy Scrappy Hero Pup".

This movie has non-stop humor going for it. Whether it's Dante's or Randal's confrontations with the unruly customers (who seem over-the-top yet regular), their conversations about nothing (especially Star Wars), or their departures from their respective stores to play hockey or whatnot. I can see that Clerks. is to minimum wage earners as Office Space is to office workers. Dante's always a little timid when it comes to dealing with the unruly customers, but when Randal takes the stage, it's a lot funnier.

Although the parts about Veronica (Marilyn Ghigliotti) and Cairlin (Lisa Spoonhauer) weren't that interesting (except for the 36...make that 37 people), they were necessary, and seemed to create a plot out of this, basically, sketch comedy. It succeeded, and turned it into a great all around film. Most of these people had never acted before, and although it does seem like they're just reciting their lines (there's almost no break in between the dialogue), they do a good job at it. Sometimes it seems a little too scripted (for voice and diction, etc.), but for a bunch of first-timers, it's not bad at all.

Considering the rest of the series (besides Mallrats, which I haven't seen), I'd say Clerks. is close with Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back for the funniest Kevin Smith movie. They're also the two crudest, and the first and last in the series, respectively. But Clerks. will always stay as it was when it was released 10 years ago-revolutionary. It showed that money and action aren't important to make a movie funny.

My rating: 8/10

Rated R for extensive use of extremely explicit sex-related dialogue.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Weekly World News magazine displayed for sale in the convenience store with the cover "World's Fattest Man Weds Tiniest Woman" was the April 20, 1993 issue.


Quotes

Dante Hicks: Hello. What? No, I don't work today. I'm playing hockey at two.


Goofs

Dante's beard changes because Kevin Smith asked Brian O'Halloran to shave his goatee before filming started during rehearsals, then, after seeing what it looked like without it, told him to grow it back. The scenes shot earlier in the shoot show a thinner beard while the ones shot last show a thicker goatee as it had longer to grow back.


Crazy Credits

Jay and Silent Bob will return in "Dogma"


Alternate Versions

The new Clerks X 10th Anniversary DVD contains the original first cut which is just over 10 minutes longer than the original. Here are some changes:

  • There are many extra shots here and there in the film.
  • There is a longer introduction to Jay and Silent Bob with Jay listing off all the drugs he's got.
  • The Chewlie's Gum representative's speech is much longer and without cuts.
  • Randal is seen shutting off the video monitor in the back.
  • When Dante and Randal run from the funeral, there is a much longer shot of mourners trying to run after them.
  • The fight scene is extended.
  • There is an alternate ending in which one of the clerks is shot dead.
  • The credits are slightly different and have no music over them.
  • Director Kevin Smith has a non-Silent Bob cameo after the end credits.


Soundtracks

Berserker
Written by
Steve Smyth (as S. Smyth), S. Angley and Kevin Smith (as K. Smith)
Performed by Love Among Freaks

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