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Clerks 2 (2006)
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Review Date: July 17, 2006
Director: Kevin Smith
Writer: Kevin Smith
Producers: Scott Mosier, Kevin Smith
Actors:
Jeff Anderson as Randal
Brian O'Halloran as Dante
Rosario Dawson as Becky
Plot:
The two loveable clerks from the original movie are back, but ten years later, and despite their loving Quick-Stop store no longer working out for the talkative twosome, they’re now servicing people in the fast-food business, at a little place called “Mooby’s”. Of course, their boss just happens to be a hottie, and today is Dante’s last day at work before he leaves for Florida with his own hottie fiancé. How will the day progress? Let’s just say that it will involve a lot of sex jokes, LOTR jokes and a donkey. Sign me up!
Critique:
As seen at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival


The first thought that came to my mind as this film started and laughs began to sneak out of the audience – which included my sorry ass – was, “Phew, I’m so fuckin’ glad this movie doesn’t suck!” Other than the fact that I like the writer/director Kevin Smith on a personal level and wanted his film to succeed, it was also because his original film CLERKS is what exploded my own love of movies in the first place, along with RESERVOIR DOGS a couple of years before that. Those two films single-handedly made me feel as though “anyone” could, at the very least, attempt to get into movies (I wrote 4 screenplays of my own after that), and even though many peeps aren’t half as talented as either Smith or Quentin Tarantino, just having given me that open door to success, really helped me get my shit together at that time of my life, and a few years later, inject that love of flicks into my own website, which…well, you’re reading right now!! I know that’s a pretty big preface to my review, but it’s some background shit that needed to be said, so that you can take what you will out of this review, knowing from where I roam. Okay, I feel better now.

As for the film itself, well, on the whole it succeeds on the same sort of level that the first film worked on, as a guy living in this day and age, in his 20s. This film is geared more toward those people who still haven’t found happiness or direction in their lives, despite being in their 30s, and all of the pressures/expectations that come with that. But before I make it all sound like a bore, trust me when I say that this film’s primary motivation is jokes, laughs, gags and vulgarity galore, so don’t be thinking that K. Smith has pussied out, because any film that can contain in-depth conversations about “ass-to-mouth”, scenarios in which characters discuss an oversized clit being like a “small penis” and much of the action culminating at a bestiality event…yeah, the man has still “got it” and he doesn’t mind going over the limits to get there. For me though, the biggest laughs came from Jay and Randall, as per the original CLERKS. Jay especially, who is a little underused in this film, in my opinion, is hilarious in every one of his scenes and deliveries. I also like the way Smith injected Jay’s real-life rehab stint into the proceedings. Nice.

Randall too is ideal to deliver the sometimes overly-wordy lines written by Smith, making them all sound natural and above all…very, very funny (and everyone’s “acting” seems to have improved as well). Even the new LOTR geeky kid worked as an overly-Christian good boy with some very “strange” ideas about sex. Nice addition. Smith also tosses a cute romance into the flick, which you can see telegraphed from the first scene onwards, but still comes through, and I think a lot of that credit has to go to Rosario Dawson, who comes off sexy, cute and adorable, all in one. Also, any movie that can feature Dawson dancing/bouncing her heart away in a tight tanktop is “all good” in my books. On the downside, I could have done without the cameos which didn’t really bring much to the table, and at least one musical montage that went a little overboard (to the Jackson 5’s ABC-123??), and as per Smith’s usual style, some scenes felt a little overlong and talky, but at the same time, a lot of the things brought forth in those scenes were fun and made sense, so it’s hard to knock them entirely. To his credit, Smith has also improved on his writing, which doesn’t sound as “written” as it did in some of his earlier movies. Also, with so many crappy H’wood comedies coming out these days, I guess I shouldn’t complain too much about a man who writes dialogue funnier than most any other paid-by-the-screenplay comedy writer out there.

Much of the stuff in this film is obviously organic for Smith, and as a 30-something with fucked up humor myself, I could relate to a lot of his shtick, even the “best friend” tete-a-tete nearing the end of the film. I was also impressed with some of the choices of song in the film including the great King Diamond, “1979” by the Smashing Pumpkins and the perfect song to end it all, with an “artsy” finale featuring the camera pulling back on the final shot. Sniff, sniff…sweet. When I first heard about this sequel being made, I was scared like many of you, but I’m happy to report that this is a solid movie with laughs galore, pop-culture reference galore, vulgarity and sexual connotations galore (love those PillowPants!) and even a cute romance for the ladies in the audience. If you’re a fan of Kevin Smith and his previous films, I see no reason why this movie wouldn’t rock your balls off. Note: If you stay to the end of the credits you can see more “Thank yous” from Smith, as well as his tease that “Jay and Silent Bob might be back” in the future, and I for one, am suddenly aroused by that thought all over again. Snoochie bootchies, beeyatch!
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3:56PM on 07/14/2007
One the really bad "comedies". Damn was that bad. Bad acting as hell, unprofessional looking as hell, unfunny for the most part as hell, boring songs as hell etc. haven't seen clerks 1 though.
One the really bad "comedies". Damn was that bad. Bad acting as hell, unprofessional looking as hell, unfunny for the most part as hell, boring songs as hell etc. haven't seen clerks 1 though.
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2:22AM on 12/02/2006

Best Comedy of the Year

Kevin Smith is in top form here. It's an hysterical romp filled with Smith's trademark dialogue, cameos galore, and of course, the humor, all of which worked, particularly the Lord of the Rings vs. Star Wars thing, as well as the scene involving the "porchmonkey," and the "ass-to-mouth" conversation. Classic stuff. The film's more reflective nature also worked very well, in fact, I think most of us have been through that time where we're just not sure what we want out of our life. The actors
Kevin Smith is in top form here. It's an hysterical romp filled with Smith's trademark dialogue, cameos galore, and of course, the humor, all of which worked, particularly the Lord of the Rings vs. Star Wars thing, as well as the scene involving the "porchmonkey," and the "ass-to-mouth" conversation. Classic stuff. The film's more reflective nature also worked very well, in fact, I think most of us have been through that time where we're just not sure what we want out of our life. The actors are all at the top of their game, especially Rosario Dawson, who really surprised me with her charming performance.

All in all, a really fun movie, one that I am thrilled to have invested my time, and one that I see myself watching many more times in the future.
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6:31AM on 09/04/2006
The original Clerks is one of my all time favourite movies so a sequal had a lot to live up to, and it does, just about.
Though nowehre near as hilarious as the original this is still a funny and very touching flick, great to see Randall again and the additional character of Elias was a bonus.

I do agree with JoBlo that the "ABC" dance routine went on far too long but this was the only real negative thing I can think of, loved the ending too, a nice conclusion.
The original Clerks is one of my all time favourite movies so a sequal had a lot to live up to, and it does, just about.
Though nowehre near as hilarious as the original this is still a funny and very touching flick, great to see Randall again and the additional character of Elias was a bonus.

I do agree with JoBlo that the "ABC" dance routine went on far too long but this was the only real negative thing I can think of, loved the ending too, a nice conclusion.
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9:31PM on 08/02/2006
First I'll say I'm not the biggest fan of Clerks. I thought it was alright, but didn't exactly see what the big freakin' deal was. That movie didn't seem to have that much direction. The two guys just seemed to sit around the shop all day dealing with stuff. The movie never went anywhere. The main reason I saw the sequel was because I got to meet Kevin Smith, he was cool enough to take a picture with me, so I thought I'd at least go see his movie since even though I've never been his biggest
First I'll say I'm not the biggest fan of Clerks. I thought it was alright, but didn't exactly see what the big freakin' deal was. That movie didn't seem to have that much direction. The two guys just seemed to sit around the shop all day dealing with stuff. The movie never went anywhere. The main reason I saw the sequel was because I got to meet Kevin Smith, he was cool enough to take a picture with me, so I thought I'd at least go see his movie since even though I've never been his biggest fan, I've always thought of the guy as one cool mofo.

Clerks II is a hilarious 100 minute ride. I thought the movie was a riot. From the LOTR vs. Star Wars debate to the donkey show, I had a great time watching this thing. Kevin Smith still writes some great stuff for his actors and knows how to write some pretty fucked up shit. But it's all hilarious. Jay and Silent Bob are still there to add that little extra something to the mix - they even get a little backstory as to what they've been doing.

Suprisingly though, the movie also adds a lot of characters to empathize and or relate to. Dante is moving to Florida and getting married; he has a really good relationship with his fast food boss, played by the pleasantly lovely Rosario Dawson and the two played really well off each other. Randall still doesn't give a shit about anything and is as crass as ever, but he has his "character" moment in the end. There's also a shrimpy guy who likes LOTR too much, who Randall picks on, and has the best reason EVER not have sex - arguably the funniest thing in the movie.

There's a lot of little things and big things that make this movie good. The story is good, the banter is great, the relationships between the characters are great, and it's a fun time at the movies.
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3:45PM on 07/26/2006

Fuckin' "porch monkeys!" (no offense to anyone)

I fuckin love this movie. Especially the bit on "porch monkeys". Wanda Sykes and that dude were fuckin hilarious!Sorry for all the fuckin cussin' but i have seen it like three times already and i cant take the image of Jay nude out of my head.But on the story as a whole it kinda reminded me of Shaun of the Dead in how the movie was extremely funny but they seemed to intertwine the seriously heartfelt moments really well.I have always loved kevin smiths writing thats its not stupid blather
I fuckin love this movie. Especially the bit on "porch monkeys". Wanda Sykes and that dude were fuckin hilarious!Sorry for all the fuckin cussin' but i have seen it like three times already and i cant take the image of Jay nude out of my head.But on the story as a whole it kinda reminded me of Shaun of the Dead in how the movie was extremely funny but they seemed to intertwine the seriously heartfelt moments really well.I have always loved kevin smiths writing thats its not stupid blather instead its witty, truthfull and sarcastic.I love this movie!!! Jason Mewes Is fuckin hot!!
Jay:[dancing to "Goodbye, Horses"] Would you fuck me?... I'd fuck me... I'd fuck me hard...
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4:35PM on 07/22/2006

Fantastic!

This is the best movie Kevin Smith has ever made, in my opinion. It had me laughing 90% of the time and feeling for the characters 100% of the time. It's definitely going up as one of my favorite comedies of all time.
This is the best movie Kevin Smith has ever made, in my opinion. It had me laughing 90% of the time and feeling for the characters 100% of the time. It's definitely going up as one of my favorite comedies of all time.
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6:17PM on 07/21/2006

Very Good

Now, I went into this with extra-high expectations as I would freely admit I am a huge Kevin Smith fan. I would have to say that the film didn't strike me quite as funny as what I had expected (still funny though, don't get me wrong), but the film was better in other aspects. What surprised me with this flick is how it went from tackling subjects like interspecies erotica and ass-to-mouth and winds up with such a heartfelt ending... not exactly Kevin's M.O. in most cases. Unlike the 1st
Now, I went into this with extra-high expectations as I would freely admit I am a huge Kevin Smith fan. I would have to say that the film didn't strike me quite as funny as what I had expected (still funny though, don't get me wrong), but the film was better in other aspects. What surprised me with this flick is how it went from tackling subjects like interspecies erotica and ass-to-mouth and winds up with such a heartfelt ending... not exactly Kevin's M.O. in most cases. Unlike the 1st Clerks, this one actually has a plot, versus just a random tale of one day (and a bad one at that) of one Dante Hicks.

Jay and Randall were definitely carrying the bulk of the comedic load in this flick (as they did in the 1st one too for the bulk). I liked the nod at the end bringing back some of the nostalgic feel with the milk maid, and even with a handwritten sign using the tag line from the original Clerks poster "Just because we serve you doesn't mean we like you", for examples.... even the music selections at the end were nods or homages to past View Askew flicks.
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3:42AM on 07/17/2006
i saw it for the second time today...much better than i expected. i like that it addressed the issue of people being frusterated with their lives not moving forward when really, they're right where they belong. some of the lines of dialogue were a little iffy to me, as were a few scenes...but it pulled through for the most part. i like that jay and silent bob were back as their old selves, pre-dogma and pre-action heroes. most of the touching stuff actually worked, though it did borderline on,
i saw it for the second time today...much better than i expected. i like that it addressed the issue of people being frusterated with their lives not moving forward when really, they're right where they belong. some of the lines of dialogue were a little iffy to me, as were a few scenes...but it pulled through for the most part. i like that jay and silent bob were back as their old selves, pre-dogma and pre-action heroes. most of the touching stuff actually worked, though it did borderline on, and i hesitate to use the word, mushy near the end.

but overall, way better than expected. good job from everyone involved.
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10:37AM on 06/01/2006

CLERKS II: VULGARTHON 2006

I loved Clerks II this movie was truly one of Mr Smith's finest. Almost everything JoBlo says is true, Randal and Jay are the funniest, Rosario was excellent and sexy, Trevor was an excellent addition, and it was truly touching. But I have to disagree with the point that the cameos were pointless; they were small and one of them pushed the movie in the direction in which it ended, while the dance sequence was just fucking funny and Mr Smith said last night that it was one of the only things
I loved Clerks II this movie was truly one of Mr Smith's finest. Almost everything JoBlo says is true, Randal and Jay are the funniest, Rosario was excellent and sexy, Trevor was an excellent addition, and it was truly touching. But I have to disagree with the point that the cameos were pointless; they were small and one of them pushed the movie in the direction in which it ended, while the dance sequence was just fucking funny and Mr Smith said last night that it was one of the only things that he knew for sure was going to be in this movie from its original incarnation after DOGMA when it was titles Clerks 2: Clerkin Off. All in all this movie kicks much ass and is recomended to all looking for a great movie!
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