in about 100 words or less
US 92m, B&W
Director: Kevin Smith; Cast: Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Lisa Spoonhauer, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith
As 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).