Clerks II Reviews
Saw this on 6/9/16
Occasionally funny mostly due to Randel Graves, but an unnecessary sequel. The Jay and Silent bob jokes fall flat and the characters seem utterly pointless, not to mention that their jokes are nothing but repulsive and obscene. The film could have been better had it been not so predictable.
Dante's storylines largely fall flat, unfortunately, as he plays the same sad-sack shtick from the original, but with beautiful women throwing themselves at him. Whatever - films tend to need a straight man character, and he's somewhat endearing I suppose.
Overall, a pretty damn good movie, and a lot of fun.
Side note: I think Kevin Smith did better in color. I didn't like Clerks that much. I might be the only one. To the gallows for me! But my two favorite Smith flicks are Mallrats and Dogma. The Quick Stop burns down and Randal and Dante are left to work at Mooby's (another brilliant Smith invention). Their boss is traffic stopping beauty Becky (yeah it sure is believable a babe like Dawson works in a fast food joint). Employee of the Month, Elias makes even the nerdiest geeks look cool with his painful display of his love for all things "Transformer" and LoTR. Scary. There were a bit of, pardon the expression, "laugh out loud" moments. Many which came at the hands of Jay (Jason Mewes, dubbed by Smith as Official Clerks Spirit Bunny) & Silent Bob (Smith). Smith regulars Jason Lee and Ben Affleck make cameos as well as Lee's "Earl" costar Ethan Suplee.
I enjoyed the dance number and the allusions to Silence of the Lambs and Breakfast Club. I'm sure there were more I missed.
When Dante's complications arise in the fact of choosing between two babes, Randal reminds us what a "chud" Dante is and why on earth does he always have two chicks pining for him. I asked myself the same thing.
Next, I'm not being very PC about this and maybe I'll go to Hell for it but my absolute favorite part was the "porch monkey" business. It's funny when people don't know they fucked up. After the incident Randal claims that's he's "taking it back." Dante reminds him he's not black. Randal first attempts to "take it back" by calling a small child "porch monkey." Priceless. Alas, Clerks ends the way it began as Randal reminds Dante that he's not even supposed to be here today.
Sequel to the original $25,000 cult film finds the characters working at a fast-food joint and continuing to spit out lots and lots of crude humor. Occasionally funny, and the authentic feel is still present...but this film is awfully talky, somewhat off-putting (that climax in particular), and has nowhere near the amount of charm or intelligence of the original. But hey, it's much better than MALLRATS.