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Clerks (1994)

US 92m, B&W
Director: Kevin Smith; Cast: Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Lisa Spoonhauer, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith

clerks-movieAs the production that launched Kevin Smith’s career as film maker, and as the quiet half of Jay and Silent Bob, Clerks is one of the funniest and most critically acclaimed independent films ever made. As simply a day in the life of two convenience store clerks, Dante and Randall trade vulgar dialogue in a series of everyday situations along with a cast of other eloquently tongued misfits, including the hilariously rude Jason Mews as Jay – who appears with Smith in his later films. Considering the original $30,000 budget, the film’s credible acting and decent production values are an outstanding achievement. What is most remarkable, however, is the incredibly original and well-scripted dialogue, which has become a hallmark of Kevin Smith’s work to date (Klaus Ming March 2011).

9 comments on “Clerks (1994)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins
    03/16/2011

    Funny coincidence, since I was just reading a blog post about cursing in art (stufflizreads.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/91), and I thought right away about Kevin Smith, who is a master of how to write blue (as we used to say).

    I go back and forth about whether Clerks or Dogma is my favorite of his films, but either way Clerks is wonderful.

    • Klausming
      03/17/2011

      I’m about to re-watch a number of Kevin Smith’s movies. I’ve long had a soft spot for Chasing Amy. I’m interested to see what I think of them again.

      • Anthony Lee Collins
        03/17/2011

        I’m very fond of Chasing Amy, despite its flaws. I avoided it for a long time, on the basis that I like to see movies that show things I don’t know about, and this sounded like a movie about me (Involved in small-press comics? Check. Dated women who self-identified as gay? Check. Hung out on the Lower East Side and specifically at Meow Mix? Check.)

        I did enjoy it when I saw it, and I do think that Affleck, Lee and Adams give the three best performances in any Smith movie (best acting I’ve ever seen Affleck do, in fact). But I didn’t buy the ending. It just rang false to me.

  2. joem18b
    03/16/2011

    They had a lot of good things to say about Red State on Filmspotting this week. I wonder if it’s true that Smith will make one more movie and that’s it. He swears it’s true.

    • Klausming
      03/17/2011

      I’m looking forward to seeing Red State – And I hadn’t heard that he’s planning to make only one more film – interesting. Thanks, I’ll check it out.

  3. Marc
    03/21/2011

    Don’t really get the hype/love for this movie. It’s hit and miss funny for me but like you mention, this does have well scripted dialogue and there are some really brilliant points Kevin Smith addresses (in this and Dogma actually) but the movie isn’t that great. But I’m not going to knock it as I love some films that others just loathe (and those shall remain nameless:P)

    • Klausming
      03/21/2011

      Yeah, I think there is a real love hate for Kevin Smith’s work in general.

    • Anthony Lee Collins
      03/22/2011

      Why nameless? Get it off your chest, you’ll feel better. Hey, I like Casino Royale (not the one with Daniel Craig, the other one.)

  4. feddastr
    12/29/2012

    Cool review, great movie. Not much more to say but i agree completely. Picked it up randomly last night, amazed that i hadn’t heard of it before. Really thought provoking, mixed with great acting = cool movie. Will definitely watch again some day.

    check out my review if you have the time.
    http://wereviewmovieslol.wordpress.com/2012/12/29/clerks-film-review/
    cheers

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