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CLERKS (1994)


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.

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4 responses

  1. You know I tried to get into Clerks many years back but it just didn’t happen for me. Too long ago to remember why. I’d give it another chance, but I wouldn’t hurry.

    December 8, 2011 at 8:24 PM

  2. Yeah, I would be surprised, if a movie could manage to be liked by just everyone… I love it, some people dont …thats life..
    appreciate every comment.. taste in movies is something very personal… just like music… its not about convincing someone to like a movie…we just give more or less personal judgments , telling about the movie..that it exists and why or why not it may be worth a watch…I can enjoy a review about a movie I dont like or would never watch….thats the kick, the different perspectives and angles one judges and watches movies..:)

    December 8, 2011 at 8:54 PM

  3. Jason Elizondo

    Great review man! I watched this one often when it first came out. At the time, it was kind of refreshing. Not many movies were written this smart and with so much witty dialogue. I haven’t seen it in forever though. I should give it another whirl. Did you ever see the sequel? I never did for some reason.

    December 9, 2011 at 3:49 AM

  4. The original Clerks is such an awesome low budget comedy. The fact that the camerawork is basically none existent sort of helps emphasize the sparkling dialogue. How I wanted to be Randall when I was 15…

    People seem to either love or hate the sequel. I’m in the latter camp. It really dropped the ball on everything that made the original great. “The Flying Car” short and the Animated series are way better.

    December 12, 2011 at 3:19 PM

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