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Clerks II

A comedy movie directed by Kevin Smith

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It won't replace the original, but it is surprisingly touching.

  • Dec 18, 2006
Rating:
+3
Making a film sequel to a comedy is like performing heart surgery while blindfolded. In 1994, Kevin Smith struck the world with his debut, Clerks, a black and white, minimalistic and very profane indie, not to mention one of the best comedies ever made. 12 years later, he brings everyone's favorite slackers back, with hilarious results.

Things have changed over the years, despite the apparently normal opening sequence: still in black and white, it sees Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran) getting ready for a new day of work. Then comes the shocking discovery: the Quick Stop store is on fire! From that point on, the film is in color, as it chronicles Dante's last day working at Mooby's (a fictional McDonald's-like place). You see, he's moving to Florida with his fiancée, Emma (Jennifer Schwalbach, the director's wife), which implies leaving his boss Becky (Rosario Dawson) and nerdy co-worker Elias (Trevor Fehrman) alone with the consistently rude Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson). Oh, and Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith), quite simply two of the best comedy characters ever, still hanging outside the store doing nothing. But last day doesn't mean it's any different form other days: as usual, Dante and Randal do anything except work, whether it's discussing racial insults or receiving unexpected visits from old high school mates (Jason Lee in a cracking cameo). Same situations, different movie, then?

Not quite, as Clerks II has one special thing that was missing back in 1994: sentiment. This time the characters have feelings, even Randal who, despite refusing to admit it, is going to miss his friend (as the beautiful, Butch Cassidy-referencing go-kart sequence shows). As for Dante, his scenes with Becky are the most touching material Smith has ever shot, thanks to brilliant dialogue and a great performance from Dawson.

This new ingredient, however, doesn't mean the director has forgotten what made the first movie so great: the outrageous, so-filthy-you-won't-let-your-mom-see-it humor. Moving it may be, but fundamentally Clerks II is exactly the same as the original: extremely funny and incredibly foul-mouthed. The jokes are relentlessly crude, but the actors'comic timing (particularly Jeff Anderson's) ensures viewers will keep laughing long after the end credits have stopped rolling.

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review by . June 09, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
**1/2 out of ****     Kevin Smith's debut picture "Clerks" was a spectacular buddy comedy as well as a rather surprisingly intelligent raunch fest. It was definitely a crude, very adult comedy; but it had charm, wit, and unlike most films that utter so many four-letter profanities, it was actually smart.    I liked the satire in the first movie. In one scene, the character of Randall tells his pal Dante that people always rent "intellectually devoid" movies …
review by . March 30, 2009
   Clerks 2 came out in theaters in the summer of 2006. it was written and directed by Kevin Smith, who also stars as Silent Bob. The movie has a few well known names like Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, Earthquake, and Wanda Sykes.            The  setting  of the movie was a Mooby's {a fictional fast-food restaurant} Where Dante Hicks {Brian O'Halloran}and Randal Graves{Jeff Anderson} find themselves out of one dead end job {The Quickstop} …
review by . November 02, 2008
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Dante arrives to work at the Quick Stop to find it burning. After 10 years in a dead-end job, Dante and Randal are forced to find new employment. Clerks II is about their new jobs at Mooby's, a fast food restaurant. Jay and Silent Bob follow them, and are now hanging out at Mooby's too.     Dante is getting ready to leave for Florida with his new fiancĂ©, a shallow girl with a personal problem Randal is quick to point out. Her father is going to pay for their new house and give …
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Lo and behold,Clerks IIdefies the odds as a sequel that even the most ardentClerksfans can be happy about. Twelve years after Kevin Smith turned the independent film world upside-down with his $27,000 black-and-white comedy, perpetual slackers Dante (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson) return for another raucous romp in suburbia, but this time there's no beloved Quick Stop mini-mart to ensure their low-level employment. Now they're aimless 33-year-olds flippin' burgers at Mooby's, a fast-food joint with a cow theme that's "udderly delicious." Dante's engaged to his long-time girlfriend but has unexpectedly fallen in love with Mooby's manager Becky (and since she's played by Rosario Dawson, can you blame him?), and Randal's still holding out for life, liberty, and the pursuit of low ambition. The responsibilities of adulthood are rearing their ugly head, and with Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith) still dealing weed and generally being obnoxious, well... something's gotta give, right? The way Smith has written this long-awaited follow-up, the dilemmas of Dante, Randal, and their ongoing friendship are something that anyone can relate to, and with Dawson lighting up the screen (in a role demanded by producer Harvey Weinstein to boost box-office appeal), the movie's romantic chemistry is surprisingly delightful. Rest assured, also, that Smith (shooting mostly in color this time, on a $5 million ...
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