Directed by Kevin Smith
This is one of my all-time faves, a movie I could watch every single day and not get bored with.
This hit all the right notes with me. I fell in love with the characters pretty much instantly.
The humor is right up my alley, and in another reality, I would have made that movie. In another reality,
I would be able to,lol.
We are introduced to Dante Hicks, opening the Quickstop Convinience Store, on a day he wasn`t even meant to be here.
The window shutters are jammed by gum, so that he has to put up a sign ” I assure you, we`re open”.
Right from the beginning, the jokes keep coming, one after another, and it never really stops.
Right next door, his friend Randal sort of works in a tiny video store, but spends a lot of time hanging out with Dante .
Dante`s relationship to his loving girlfriend is put to the test, when certain aspects about her love life are exposed.
The customers aren`t helping to light up his mood, much to the contrary. They are dumb, annoying and sometimes outright weird. His boss won`t come in to take the next shift, so he is stuck in the store for the whole day til closing.
The conversations that are going on between him and Randal or his girlfriend, with everybody , are so strange yet down to earth and very much comprehensible, that you can`t help to chuckle in agreement and gratitude, that someone put this on film. Maybe it helps to have worked in retail and service myself for some time, to appreciate the stuff that`s going on. And everybody knows the problems that arise during a relationship or the pitfalls of love in general, as well as the search for oneself, career choices, future plans and why things are the way they are. Very serious topics are touched on, packaged in very funny situations and conversation…this movies has so much of them, it`s hard to single them out.
I don`t know a movie I have and can quote , as much as this one. The topics range from discussions about Star Wars or hermaphrodite porn to caged animal masturbation and accidental deaths of the weirdest kind.
Every single character would deserve a mention, but aside from Dante and Randal, the single most memorable character might be Jay, the foulmouthed weed dealer, who hangs out in front of the store with his big, but silent buddy, Silent Bob.
In the end, they even got their own movie.
Clerks 2 came out in 2006 by popular demand, but couldn`t live up to the hype. I liked it, but the genius of the first was impossible to recreate. It was merely a reunion of the characters, I got to love 12 years earlier. And I must say, I missed
Marilyn Ghigliotti in the sequel, I think she was great in CLERKS.
My Kevin Smith faves to this day are CLERKS, MALLRATS and CHASING AMY, a trio of movies everyone should see.
I can relate to the geek/comic book aspects, the retail/clerks experiences and the stupid stuff one does or did for love.
For these three films, Kevin Smith has earned a big place in my movie-watching heart.
The fact that CLERKS is presented in b/w, just makes it better, as it adds a lot to the atmosphere. It makes it stand out, and more than easy to remember. The hilarious, stroke of genius comedy in black and white, by Kevin Smith.
And before I forget it, the Soundtrack fits very well, and gets a spin on my stereo every now and then. Just like your typical Tarantino soundtrack, this features soundbites from the movie inbetween tracks.
And I would kill for a girlfriend like Veronica.