Movie Review: Clerks (1994)

Posted: May 18, 2010 in Movie & TV Show Reviews and Thoughts, The Blog!

Clerks– (1994)
Written & Directed by Kevin Smith
Starring Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith & Marilyn Ghigliotti
Run Time: 103 min.

Kevin Smiths very first film is one of the most successful and landmarking independent features that came out in the 1990’s. Filmed in black and white and known for it’s raunchy humor and smart dialogue, Smith takes us on the first stop in his “View Askewniverse”. The story of Clerks shows us the day in the life of two convenience store clerks working at New Jerseys “Quick Stop” and how they deal with not just the ins and outs of a regular day of work but also their personal lives intertwined as well. Our two principal characters are Dante, played by Brian O’Halloran, who is a mid twenty year old trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life. He has a girlfriend, Veronica, but is still holding on to a past relationship. When Dante finds out that his former girlfriend is getting married, he starts to question his current relationship. Our other star is Randell, played by Jeff Anderson. Randell works right next to the Quick Stop at “RST Video”. He is your typical slacker but does have street smarts. He out thinks the customers and has deep conversations about the most random and unimportant things yet still makes them seem relevant and important. The stand outs of the film are played by Kevin Smith himself and friend Jason Mewes. They play Jay and Silent Bob, two drug dealing slackers who spend all day standing outside the Quick Stop and just kicking back while doing outrages acts. From over the top sexual humor, intellectual conversations and the simple yet interesting characters, Smith brings us into a word not to different than a world you might have remembered at one point or another in your life. Smith maxed out numerous credit cards, sold his comic book collection and left film school in order to get his film done. Lucky for him it was picked up by the Cannes Film Festival and than later Sundance which in turn was picked up and distributed by Miramax. Smith has gone on to have a successful career as writer and directer and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.

Average Movie Ticket Price– $10
“Clerks” Ticket Price Worth– $8.75, Medium Popcorn, Large Dr. Pepper & the biggest plate of Nacho’s and Cheese you can find.

(Note: Check out the 10th anniversary edition DVD, it is 3 discs and comes with a new documentary as well as director and cast commentary from the time of it’s release as well as brand new commentary put over the directors cut edition of the film)


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