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When Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran) is reluctantly put in charge of the Quick Stop market on his day off, he tries, though half-heartedly, to perform his minimum-wage duties as efficiently as possible. This gets tough amidst the on-going fight with his girlfriend, Veronica (Marilyn Ghigliotti), and his attempt to get back together with his ex-girlfriend, Caitlyn Bree (Lisa Spoonhauer). Meanwhile, his friend and alter ego Randall (Jeff Anderson) is working behind the counter of the adjacent video
Oct 19, 1994 Wide
Jun 29, 1999
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A buoyant, bleakly funny comedy chronicling a day's worth of activity at two adjoining stores.
A hoot one moment, a hiss the next, the film is about as even as a city road after a hard winter. But the script's sheer vigour sees us through.
Clerks is so utterly authentic that its heroes have never heard of their generation.
The film looks no more expensive than it was; some of the acting (by local nonprofessionals) is spectacularly amateurish; the story is a series of anecdotes about hockey, shopping and loving the one you're with. But it's worth loitering in this shop.
At 24, Smith also knows something about casting. Using a mixture of stage actors and novices, he's found the right ensemble tone to make Clerks seem as spontaneous as it needs to be.
There's no denying the raw and energetic feel Smith created with a memorable script, great characters and a genuine sense of Gen X angst.
an exemplar of what can happen when the stars align and someone's home movie can help foment a revolution
Clerks remains a defining debut, a symbolic shot into the darkened domain of legitimate moviemaking.
...the film's inherent deficiencies are generally overshadowed by the distinctly earnest vibe.
Smith dogpiles absurdity and obscenity on top of each other. The dullness of the dead-end jobs is brightened by bizarre bits--a fat guy asking for softer toilet paper, drops dead on the toilet.
It comes from bad stock, curses like a longshoreman and doesn't bring a gift. Nevertheless, it's the life of the party.
It's not John Cassavetes' Shadows (1959), but what Kevin Smith's Clerks, lacks in subtlety it makes up for in laughs
...it is the ability to identify with the characters that makes the story so universal. I mean, we've all known people like these who have annoyed us all our lives.
Smith's dialogue sounded groundbreakingly realistic at the time -- wore out its welcome eventually, but the initial blast was gleeful and significant.
A wonderfully funny film debut; from the outset Kevin Smith takes us into his askewed world, and we love it. And I wasn't even supposed to be at work today.
If you dig low-brow humor and a high volume cynical slacker take on things, then this film delivers the goods.
...an utterly profane and amusing movie by first-time filmmaker Kevin Smith.
A sidesplittingly funny and observant film for anyone who has ever had a lousy job.
In style and execution, Clerks isn't on par with its generational predecessors, but what can you expect from an ex-convenience store jockey writer/director (Kevin Smith) with a $30,000 budget?
There are some comedic gems here among the flurry of four-letter words, pop culture references and insults that come from the character's mouths.
I don't care if the flick cost $14.54 to produce; it's one of the funniest movies I've ever seen.
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- Randal: This job would be great if it wasn't for the fucking customers.
- Dante Hicks: I'm not even supposed to be here today!
- Hunting Cap Smoking Boy/Low I.Q. Video Customer/Hubca: Do you sell hubcaps for a '72 Pinto hatchback? Ooh, Mini-trucker magazine!
- Dante Hicks: I'm stuck in this pit, working for less than slave wages. Working on my day off, the goddamn steel shutters are closed, I deal with every backward ass fuck on the planet. I smell like shoe polish. My ex-girlfriend is catatonic after fucking a dead guy. And my present girlfriend has sucked 36 dicks.
- Randal: 37.
- Caitlin Bree: What are you watching?
- Randal: Children's programming.
- Jay: Yeah. Silent Bob, your a rude motherfucker, you know that? But you're cute as hell. I could go down on you, suck you, line up three other guys, make like a circus seal. [Jay makes a rude head gesture and car horn honks]
- Jay: Ewww, you fucking faggot, I hate guys. I LOVE WOMEN!
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