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Clerks II (R)

Release Date: July 21st, 2006 by The Weinstein Company.
The Cast: Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Rosario Dawson, Trevor Fehrman, Jennifer Schwalbach, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, Wanda Sykes.
Directed by Kevin Smith.

BASIC PREMISE: Dante (O’Halloran) is about leave town with his fiancée Emma (Schwabach), which threatens his friendship with his coworker, Randal (Anderson), at a fast-food restaurant, Mooby’s.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Once again, writer/director Kevin Smith successfully pushes the envelope to shock you and gross you out while making you laugh yourself silly—if you're a big fan of him, of course. His fans demand offensive humor and Smith supplies plenty of it. This time, he also manages to include some drama and a romantic subplot while filming in glorious color unlike the black-and-white Clerks —a bigger budget helps a lot. The first scene is actually in black-and-white, but just look for the smart way Smith transitions into color within that scene. Dante and Randal now work at Mooby’s after the Quick Stop burns down. Their setting certainly has changed, but their conversations are just as random, bizarre and lewd. Admittedly, the plot does feel a bit contrived and predictable as Dante questions whether or not he should marry his fiancée while he flirts with his sexy boss (Dawson) who happens to be his ex-lover as well. Who will he choose? As usual, Jay (Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith), who lost his silence, provide plenty of dumb humor just like they did in Smith’s other films, Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Dogma. There are also a few nice cameos by Ben Affleck, Jason Lee and Wanda Sykes. Smith does a great job of writing the dialogue so that it flows naturally and makes it quite memorable as well, such as a conversation about Lord of the Rings and The Transformers. What makes this suspenseful to watch is that you never know how vulgar the next line of dialogue will be—just how far will Smith push the R-rating? The second and third acts are so outrageously funny that it’s hard to even believe what you’re seeing and hearing. By no means are these scenes entirely realistic—they’re meant for laughs and shock value which would be greatly appreciated by any loyal Kevin Smith fan (unlike Joel Siegel, who rudely walked out).

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief.


IN A NUTSHELL: Outrageously funny. Crude, rude and lewd. Hardcore fans of Clerks will be in stitches. The first guilty pleasure of the year!

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Hardcore Kevin Smith fans-Movie Theater (1st Run)
Everyone else- Never

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