Clerks 1994

Clerks

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With its quirky characters and clever, quotable dialogue, Clerks is the ultimate clarion call for slackers everywhere to unite and, uh, do something we guess?

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Dante (Brian O'Halloran) is called in to cover a shift at his New Jersey convenience store on his day off. His friend Randal (Jeff Anderson) helps him pass the time, neglecting his video-store customers next door to hang out in the Quick Stop. The uneventful day is disrupted by news that one of Dante's ex-girlfriends has died. After attending her memorial service, Dante muses over staying with current girlfriend Veronica (Marilyn Ghigliotti) or reuniting with ex Caitlin (Lisa Spoonhauer).

Cast & Crew

Jeff Anderson
Randal Graves
Marilyn Ghigliotti
Veronica Loughran
Lisa Spoonauer
Caitlin Bree
Jason Mewes
Jay Phat Buds
Kevin Smith
Silent Bob
Scott Mosier
Willam the Idiot Manchild, Angry Hockey-Playing Customer, Angry Mourner
Scott Schiaffo
Chewlies Rep
Scott Angley
Original Music
David A. Klein
Cinematographer
Scott Mosier
Film Editor
Kevin Smith
Film Editor
Leslie Hope
Makeup Artist
Scott Mosier
Sound Editor
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Critic Reviews for Clerks

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (6)

  • Smith credits Richard Linklater's Slacker as inspiration. But Clerks supplies its own subversively witty take on Generation Next.

    September 23, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It is one of those small-scale American independent movies that you either fall for or you don't, and one would confidently expect most of those fed up with big, empty, run-of-the-mill Hollywood epics to raise at least two cheers.

    September 23, 2020 | Full Review…

    Derek Malcolm

    Guardian
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  • "Clerks" is unapologetically rough and even ragged at times. But its lack of circumspection turns out to be its charm.

    September 23, 2020 | Full Review…
  • At his best, [Kevin] Smith captures the zeitgeist of an era and becomes the voice of a generation.

    July 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • If Clerks lacks the grunge artistry of its forebears, it's a fast, likable 90 minutes at the movies. The way our culture is going, this may be what a hip sitcom looks like in 15 years.

    September 7, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • With no narrative per se and nothing holding it together except unity of time and place, it's surprising that "Clerks" plays as well, and consistently, as it does, with very little down time.

    July 7, 2010 | Full Review…

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
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Audience Reviews for Clerks

  • May 23, 2016
    A great indie comedy that has achieved cult status. Shot in black and white, Clerks has many funny moments. A nice take on many peoples daily lives.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2014
    Kevin Smith deserved all the recognition that he got after presenting us with this hilarious slice-of-life cult movie, which was made with a very limited budget and yet is more authentic, refreshing and amusing than many comedies out there.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2014
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  • Jan 06, 2013
    I wasn't a big fan of Jay & Silent Bob also directed by Kevin Smith but this was half good. I did like how it was spanned over one day, because it truly did make it miserable for the protagonist. I think filming in B&W was questionable though. This was far from a serious film and I believe in color, it could've treated itself like it really was, a stupid comedy. A decent stupid comedy, but it's not a smart film. The best scene is where Randall talks with Veronique and the bathroom sex scene. Those were truly hysterical.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer

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