Clerks

1994

Action / Comedy

149
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 88%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 89%
IMDb Rating 7.8 10 194587

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Kevin Smith as Silent Bob
Jason Mewes as Jay
Jeff Anderson as Randal Graves
Brian O'Halloran as Dante Hicks
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by remakesramistake 8 / 10

A weird movie made by weird people for weird people... but also for humans

Clerks is a weird film. To make you understand while watching this film I got vibes from Jim Jarmusch, the Cohen brothers and also from Mike Leigh's masterpiece "Naked". But don't get me wrong this film is a comedy at least for the most part. But through it's excellent and at the same time awkward sense of humor "Clerks" is a really thought provoking film. While nothing really major happens in the film's plot I believe almost anyone can identify with the protagonist. Dante is a guy who works at a convenience store, a job which he hates, he works in his day off and he can't play hockey with his friends, he has a girlfriend who loves him but he is still thinking about a past relationship that he had in high school and generally hates his life but he doesn't make anything to change it. Through a series of events that takes part in a whole day he will discover himself and he will finally change (?). Kevin Smith is manipulating the audience really clever. Initially he makes you believe that you are watching a naive but funny comedy but near the end he gets you right in the feels giving you a film so human that you will want to change your way of life.Even though it has some bad performances and an amature directing (it was Smith's first film after all) Clerks hidden and underrated gem that you must check out for sure.

Reviewed by peterm-83711 9 / 10

Dark comedy and dialogue at it's best

Clerks is a story about Dante Hicks, played by Brian O'Halloran, a convenience store clerk who gets called into work on his day off. Whereby he is subjected to the daily routine of customers, stoners, a cigarette fine, finding out his girlfriend has more experience in the bedroom than he thought; finding out his ex -girlfriend is getting married to an Asian design major; and finding out his girlfriend from high school died. Not to mention he must figure out how he will make it to his hockey game at 2 pm after the boss flakes out and doesn't show at noon as promised. It's most definitely a dark comedy drama, opposite Dante is his best friend Randal, played by Jeff Anderson who works (more like slacks off and messes with customers intentionally) at the adjacent video store. Randal is a bold, crass, and witty character that doesn't care for his job, but doesn't' hate it anywhere near as much as Dante, he just hates the customers. Randal: This job would be great if it wasn't for the f..king customers. (Clerks, 1994) The primary theme of the film is the every- man. The film itself is loosely based on Dante's 9 levels of hell. Do yourself a favor and watch the X anniversary edition of the film with the original ending where Dante dies so you can see both versions to appreciate the fact that you may have never had the rest of the View Askewniverse. Kevin Smith and Mosier create a wonderful microcosm with this film that will span into what is known as the Jersey Chronicles including films like Mallrats and Chasing Amy, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and others. This is Kevin Smith's first film and yes, his roughest. Therefore, some would say that some of the dialogue is rushed, or they cannot get past the "no plot". I have also heard some say that film quality is low, or editing was not done well. I would argue that the budget plays heavily into that. It was $27,575. He paid more for the soundtrack. Second, Clerks speaks to a generation who grew up in the 80's and 90's youth culture in a way that nothing else out there does. It also speaks to the everyman who has ever had to deal with working with the public and seeing weird stuff, or having that best friend who you argue about random things with. It hits it spot on. As for pacing and rhythm, occasionally, those conversations between friends can become overly passionate sometimes whether it's about their fandoms or music, or life in general. Therefore, speaking rushed when trying to get your point across, or having dialogue "spew out" seems wholly appropriate at times. I've had those conversations. I see this as true to life. I think the pacing of the film was done quite well, as was the dialogue. The scene breaks into 9 was a great reference back to our main character Dante and likening it to everyman's Hell, and the original Dante and the divine comedies. Sometimes going to work on your day off can be just that, personal Hell, nonetheless funny. That's just what this movie does it hits the funny on spot. Low budget or not. I can watch it and laugh every time. The dialogue makes the film. It is a great introduction into the View Askewniverse. Well done.

Reviewed by MaximumMadness 9 / 10

"Clerks"- The quintessential 90's slacker movie still rings true twenty years later, though its low-budget and rough presentation feel more blatant with age...

The 90's were a strange and unique time in American popular-culture. While mainstream, Hollywood-backed films seemed to become increasingly bogged down with trite stories and loud special effects, the world of indie-cinema was at its peak, and delivered a plethora of incredible works from incredible storytellers. It was the decade that gave us wild and imaginative minds like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, after all. And among the quality independent filmmakers to emerge from this ten year period was Kevin Smith, with his breakout hit "Clerks."

It's almost pointless to delve into Smith's story or the film's production, because it's a tale that has become almost legendary. But in essence, it is the tale of a typical Jersey slacker who enjoyed reading comic-books and writing comedy skits, and was eventually inspired to make a movie about the things he knew in life. That film became "Clerks", an award winning indie-darling that struck a chord for audiences the world over with its frank and open analysis of the life of a typical, aimless 20- something working a dead-end job while spending his time discussing life, love and pop-culture. It was one of those rare films that seemed to capture a painfully realistic slice of true life while also managing to entertain and enthrall with sharp humor and clever dialog. And it paved the way for bigger, better things for almost all involved.

Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran), a retail clerk at a New Jersey convenience store, is called into work on his day off. Condemned to spend the day behind the counter serving the clueless public despite his repeated cry of "I'm not even supposed to be here today!", Dante tries to make the best of it by shooting the breeze with his carefree best friend Randal (Jeff Anderson) and wasting time discussing movies. However, a series of events throughout the day threaten to shake Dante's world, including an argument regarding his girlfriend Veronica's (Marilyn Ghigliotti) sexual past, the re- emergence of an old High School flame (the late Lisa Spoonauer), and a peculiar old man who asks to use the store's bathroom. All the while, a pair of trouble-making stoners known as "Jay and Silent Bob" (Jason Mewes, director Smith) cause a ruckus outside...

What made "Clerks" work so well back in the day and what makes it continue to work more than twenty years later is the razor-sharp and wickedly clever writing on the part of Smith, in addition to stellar performances from all of our leads. Produced on a micro-budget and filmed during the night using rented equipment on 16mm black-and- white film, "Clerks" is most certainly not particularly pretty to look at. It's dark, gritty and dirty. But that really doesn't matter because the characters are allowed to take center-stage and shine while delivering some of the most deliciously funny and surprisingly insightful dialog imaginable. It's a movie almost exclusively about what makes the characters tick, and their interpersonal relationships, while being punctuated by laugh-out-loud gags and strong observational humor. And anyone whose worked a job where they had to serve the public will tell you... this feels just like real-life. It's absolutely sublime in how it is structured and paced, and you could swear they just filmed real people on a real work day, save for the few crazier moments peppered in to progress the plot.

The cast is electrifying, giving performances that feel grounded and true. O'Halloran is endlessly engaging as our sort-of "hero" Dante, although the film does cleverly make him something of a troubled figure, giving him added depth. He doesn't always do good things, but we can empathize with him and recognize his struggles. Anderson frequently steals the show as the clever but often infuriating Randall Graves. Randall is that guy we all know- nothing bothers him and his attitude is strictly "I don't give a crap." And yet, despite his callousness, there's still a human being underneath. Ghigliotti is charming and highly sympathetic as Dante's long- suffering but supportive girlfriend, and though her screen time is limited, she's always a welcome addition. Spoonauer's role is fascinating and unique, as she represents a sort-of idealized view of the past and future, and she does the role justice. And of course, Mewes and Smith, along with other minor characters played by friends and acquaintances of Smith, add a lot of cheeky fun. Though Jay and Silent Bob haven't been quite defined yet as characters.

Unfortunately, the film is not without its fair share of issues. Much of the film feels dated in a way that does occasionally distract, especially when revisiting it after some time. It's hard to hear some of the references or see some of the settings without feeling a certain aesthetic distance. I also found that the low budget and rough-around-the-edges production is more noticeable with time, and can get in the way of some key scenes. Perhaps it's unfair, but living in a time where a $500 DSLR and a decent knowledge of lighting can produce high quality imagery that would fit right in on television... it's sometimes hard to watch older films that were so crippled by low budgets. Finally, despite Smith's keen ear for dialog... you can tell the film was written by a 20-something whose trying a bit too hard. Some of the exchanges come across as pretentious, and the inclusion of verbose, 5-dollar-words as "chapter titles" feels contrived.

Still, that cannot diminish the fact that "Clerks" is an indisputable classic of its time that for the most part still rings true even to this day. The low-budget production values and occasional poor judgments in the writing can be a bit tedious, but the phenomenal performances, good humor and sharp dialog more than make up for these minor flaws. "Clerks" easily earns a fantastic 9 out of 10, and I still give it a very high recommendation for those who have not yet had a chance to check it out!

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