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Clerks II -- Ten years ago best friends Dante Hicks and Randal Graves were New Jersey mini-mall clerks still slacking off together in their early 20s. Now, Kevin Smith checks back in to see what kind of changes have rocked their lives -- in work, romance and their eternally raucous life philosophy.
Clerks II -- A calamity at Dante and Randall's shops sends them looking for new horizons - but they ultimately settle at Mooby's, a fictional Disney-McDonald's-style fast-food empire.

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21 July 2006 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A calamity at Dante and Randal's shops sends them looking for new horizons - but they ultimately settle at the fast food empire Mooby's. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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CLERKS II - A great conclusion to the NJ saga! See more (472 total) »

Cast

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Brian O'Halloran ... Dante

Jeff Anderson ... Randal

Jason Mewes ... Jay

Kevin Smith ... Silent Bob

Jake Richardson ... Teen #1

Ethan Suplee ... Teen #2
Rachel Larratt ... Counter Girl with Ear Guy
Shannon Larratt ... Ear Guy

Jennifer Schwalbach Smith ... Emma (as Jennifer Schwalbach)

Ben Affleck ... Gawking Guy
Sarah Ault ... Catholic Schoolgirl
Lalida Sujjavasin ... Catholic Schoolgirl
Trevor Fehrman ... Elias
Gail Stanley ... Elias' Mom
Bruce Macintosh ... Elias' Dad

Scott Mosier ... Concerned Father

Rosario Dawson ... Becky

Kevin Weisman ... Hobbit Lover
Steven Rau ... Diner #1
Mike Tsucalas ... Diner #2

Jason Lee ... Lance Dowds

Earthquake ... Husband

Wanda Sykes ... Wife
Joey Figueroa ... Customer #1
Mike Cecconi ... Customer #2
Ethan Jensen ... Tumbling Customer

Zak Knutson ... Sexy Stud

Harley Quinn Smith ... Kid in Window

Kevin Michael Richardson ... Cop
Edward Janda ... Fireman (as Ed Janda)
Byron Stanley ... Bank Manager

Walter Flanagan ... Pack-o-Smokes Guy
Grace Smith ... Milk Maid

Anthony Marciona ... Dancer
Aurorah Allain ... Dancer
Carol Conners ... Dancer

Christopher Shazar ... Dancer (as Christopher Martinez)
Daveione Williams ... Dancer
Jason Beitel ... Dancer
Jason Yribar ... Dancer

Kenny Wormald ... Dancer
Marty Kudelka ... Dancer
Michael Higgins ... Dancer

Nancy O'Meara ... Dancer (as Nancy O'Meary)

Rebecca Lin ... Dancer
Reshma Gajjar ... Dancer

Caroline A. Rice ... Dancer (as Caroline Rice)
Bobbie Bates ... Dancer

Bryan Anthony ... Dancer
Carey Ysais ... Dancer
Cheryl Baxter ... Dancer
Desi Jevon ... Dancer
Gordon Hart ... Dancer
Jenna Stewart ... Dancer
Kelly Cooper ... Dancer
Ken Baldwin ... Dancer
Kevin Whitaker ... Dancer
Michelle Elkin ... Dancer

Misha Gabriel Hamilton ... Dancer (as Misha Hamilton)
Susan Carr George ... Dancer

Tracy Phillips ... Dancer

Jimmy Federico ... Dancer

Katie Malia ... Dancer
Hannah Feldner-Shaw ... Dancer

Joel Manning ... Dancer
Shawn Breathwaite ... Dancer

Ryan Thomas ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Malcolm Ingram ... Fat Guy Dancing in Bathroom (uncredited)
Robin Prough ... Young Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Kevin Smith 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Kevin Smith (written by)

Produced by
Carla Gardini .... executive producer
Laura Greenlee .... co-producer
Scott Mosier .... producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
James L. Venable 
 
Cinematography by
David Klein (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Kevin Smith 
 
Production Design by
Robert Holtzman 
 
Art Direction by
Marc Fisichella 
 
Set Decoration by
Susan Lynch 
 
Costume Design by
Roseanne Fiedler 
 
Makeup Department
Sarah Ault .... assistant hair stylist
Brooke Bell .... assistant makeup artist
Amy Harmon .... key makeup artist
Janine Rath .... key hair stylist (as Janine Rath-Thompson)
Tricia Sawyer .... key makeup artist
Nicole Venables .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Tim Clawson .... executive in charge of physical production (as Timothy Clawson)
Marjorie Ergas .... unit production manager
Michael Jackman .... executive in charge of post-production (as Michael A. Jackman)
Alyson Latz .... production supervisor: New Jersey
Tracy McGrath .... executive in charge of physical production
Leslie Rodier .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicholas R. Bell .... second second assistant director: New Jersey (as Nick Bell)
Chris Carroll .... second assistant director: New Jersey
September Death .... second second assistant director
Heather I. Denton .... second assistant director (as Heather Denton)
Tony Steinberg .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Nina Alexander .... on-set dresser
Scott 'Whitey' Anderson .... construction coordinator: New Jersey (as Scott Anderson)
Jesse Bringas .... foreman
Rustie Burris .... art department assistant
Rustie Burris .... art department production assistant
Corey Burton .... prop maker
Ernie Castillo .... construction medic
Billy Constantine .... lead set painter (as Bill Constantine)
Noreen Coyne .... art department coordinator
Lisa De Alva .... property master
John Deranian .... laborer
Justin Fisher .... leadman
Michael T. Galvin .... set dresser: New Jersey (as Michael Galvin)
Tom Groody .... set dresser: New Jersey
Heather Hazelwood .... swing gang
Scott Head .... general foreman
Greg Hendrickson .... prop maker (as Gregg Hendrickson)
Brandon Jay .... swing gang
James Joyce .... set painter
Michelle Joyce .... set painter
Elena Lepe .... laborer
Neil Marra .... plasterer
Brendan Maze .... swing gang
Bruce Mink .... additional assistant property master
Brad Moorhead .... lead set painter
Scott Purcell .... graphic consultant (as R. Scott Purcell)
Antonio Ramirez .... laborer
Frank Ramirez .... signwriter
Christopher Reams .... swing gang (as Chris Beams)
Rich Robinson .... assistant property master
Jolie Scherberger .... set dresser: New Jersey (as Johanna 'Jolie' Ruhe)
Erich W. Schultz .... construction coordinator (as Erich Schultz)
Jeff Smith .... prop maker
Billy Stearne .... assistant property master: Red Bank, New Jersey
Christine Sysko .... leadman: New Jersey (as Chris Sysko)
Bruce Valdes .... prop maker (as Bruce Valdez)
Sal Valle .... additional assistant property master
Suzanne Van Dyke .... construction medic (as Suzie Van Dyke)
Elise G. Viola .... art director: New Jersey (as Elise Viola)
Christine Wick .... set decorator: New Jersey
Jim Williams .... on-set dresser: New Jersey
Michael Hebden .... sculptor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Acord .... sound effects editor
Chris Barron .... digital transfers (as Christopher Barron)
Patricia Brolsma .... boom operator: New Jersey (as Patti Brolsma)
C. Douglas Cameron .... boom operator
John Countryman .... digital transfers
Edwin Dunkley .... video services (as Ed Dunkley)
Luke Dunn Gielmuda .... foley editor
Coya Elliott .... supervising assistant editor
Sean England .... foley recordist
Chris Fondulas .... utility boom: New Jersey
Jonathan Greber .... digital transfers
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
David Hunter .... digital editorial services
Neda Joncich .... mix facility coordinator
Mike Lane .... client services
Leff Lefferts .... digital editorial services (as Leffert Lefferts)
Kate Lumpkin .... sound utility operator (as Kat Craig)
Brian Magerkurth .... machine room operator
Alan Mays .... engineering services
Michael A. Morongell .... mix engineer (as Michael Morongell)
Steve Morris .... engineering services
Tom Myers .... sound designer
Tom Myers .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Gordon Ng .... client services
Whit Norris .... production sound mixer
Juan Peralta .... mix technician
Eva Porter .... client services
Brandon Proctor .... mix technician
Richard Quinn .... foley editor (as Rich Quinn)
Gary Raymond .... audio playback
Todd D. Reynolds .... stage engineer
Frank Rinella .... foley mixer (as Frank Aglieri-Rinella)
Gary Rizzo .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary A. Rizzo)
Ronald G. Roumas .... machine room operator (as Ron Roumas)
Renee Russo .... client services
Michael Silvers .... dialogue editor
Michael Silvers .... supervising sound editor
Mac Smith .... sound effects editor
Mac Smith .... supervising assistant editor
Daniel Sperry .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Dan Sperry)
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist (as Denise Thorpe)
John Torrijos .... video services (as John 'JT' Torrijos)
Jana Vance .... foley artist
Clayton Wood .... engineering services
Dustin Cawood .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Charles Belardinelli .... special effects (as Charlie Belardinelli)
Connie Brink .... special effects: New Jersey (as Conrad Brink)
 
Visual Effects by
Joseph Grossberg .... producer: V-Dome
Joseph Grossberg .... visual effects supervisor: V-Dome
Kelvin McIlwain .... matte painting supervisor: V-Dome
Brian Nogle .... imaging supervisor: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Greg Rodin .... lead camera: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Marc Ross .... head of scanning and recording: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Diane Wright .... digital asset manager: Laser Pacific
 
Stunts
Houston Hooker .... stunts: stunt kid #3
Kanan Hooker .... stunts: stunt kid #2
Ethan Jensen .... stunts
Gary Jensen .... stunt coordinator
Jessi Jensen .... stunts
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunt double: Becky (as Tracy Keehn Dashnaw)
Gino Woulard .... stunts: stunt kid #1
Kofi Yiadom .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nick Aiello .... electrician
Tracy Bennett .... still photographer
Otto Emilio Betancourt .... key grip (as Otto E. Betancourt)
Matt Blades .... key grip: New Jersey
Aaron Bowen .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Phil Bradshaw .... best boy grip: New Jersey
Geb Byers .... first assistant camera: New Jersey (as Jeb Byers)
Ryan Callahan .... grip: New Jersey
Rafael 'Rafa' Castro .... production video assist (as Rafael Castro)
Sal Coniglio .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Matt Crapo .... grip
Rick Davidson .... Steadicam operator
Renato Di Giuseppe .... camera operator: "b" camera
Chad Diekman .... best boy grip (as Chad Diekmann)
Marq Edwards .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Q Edwards)
Jamie Fitzpatrick .... second assistant camera: New Jersey
Michael-Ryan Fletchall .... camera operator
Matthew Ford .... generator operator: New Jersey
Mike Gin .... grip
Andy Graham .... camera operator: "a" camera
Jeremy Graham .... gaffer
Michael N. Green .... best boy electric: New Jersey (as Michael Green)
James Harker .... electrician: New Jersey
Josh Harrison .... first assistant camera: Steadicam
Jarrod Heath .... electrician
Milly Itzhak .... loader: New Jersey
James Johnson .... dolly grip
Scott Kaye .... camera operator: "c" camera
Paul Maletich .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
John T. Martin .... dolly grip (as John Martin)
James Matlosz .... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Ken McCallum .... dolly grip: New Jersey
David McGrory .... electrician
Darren Michaels .... still photographer
Chris Moore .... grip
Christopher Murphy .... video assistant: New Jersey (as Chris Murphy)
Saade Mustafa .... generator operator: New Jersey
Stephen Olsen .... electrician
Jay Pope .... additional dolly grip
Jay Pope .... grip
Joseph Quirk .... gaffer: New Jersey (as Joe Quirk)
Bill Reilly .... electrician
Kimberly A. Rial .... grip: New Jersey (as Kim Rial)
Satish Sahi .... electrician: New Jersey (as Satish Shahi)
Robert Shoemaker .... best boy electric (as Bob Shoemaker)
Alex Stillwell .... electrician
Alex Szuch .... electrician
Lisa Wolfson .... additional camera loader (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Dixie Webster .... extras casting director: Smith & Webster/Davis Casting (as Dixie Davis)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy Fegely .... key set costumer
Christine Hawes .... set costumer
Mayumi Masaoka .... costume production assistant
Kia Tyrrell .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Travis Avitabile .... digital laboratory project manager: LaserPacific
Craig Bilsky .... digital laboratory project manager: LaserPacific
Mike Cecconi .... post-production assistant
Jeff Charles .... digital data conformist: LaserPacific
David Cole .... digital intermediate colorist: LaserPacific (as Dave Cole)
Kyle DeVriendt .... digital film recording: LaserPacific (as Kyle Devriendt)
Valance Eisleben .... digital data conformist: LaserPacific
Donald Erfert .... post-production assistant
Bruce Goodman .... dailies colorist: LaserPacific
Elliot Greenberg .... first assistant editor
Doug Jaqua .... color scientist: LaserPacific
David Slaughter .... digital film recording: LaserPacific
Andre Tréjo .... digital laboratory project manager: LaserPacific (as Andre Trejo)
Stacy Underhill .... digital data conformist: LaserPacific
Chris DeLaGuardia .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Location Management
James Gierman .... location manager
Cassandra Heredia .... key assistant location manager
Ian MacGregor .... location manager: New Jersey (as Ian McGreggor)
Dan Milner .... assistant location manager: New Jersey
 
Music Department
Nathaniel T. Cartier .... music pre-mix
Brian Dixon .... music score mixer
Angela Leus .... music clearances
Rachel Levy .... executive in charge of music
Larry Mah .... digital score recordist
Ryan McClure .... music pre-mix
Joe Rangel .... music consultant
Jennifer Kes Remington .... music pre-mix
Loria Roberson .... assistant to composer: James L. Venable
Ralph Sall .... soundtrack album producer
Erich Stratmann .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Chris Collins .... driver: New Jersey
David Conelli .... driver: New Jersey
John Embry .... driver (as John Embrey)
Billy Featherstone .... driver: New Jersey (as William Featherstone)
Don Feeney .... transportation captain
Maurice Fitzgerald .... transportation captain: New Jersey
Bobby Galliher .... driver: New Jersey
Bruce Golden .... driver: New Jersey
Michael Hogan .... driver: New Jersey
Michael Iriarte .... driver: New Jersey (as Michael Iriate)
Bobby Jones .... driver: New Jersey
David Joseph .... driver: production van
Thomas Kearns .... driver: New Jersey
Erin Maguire .... driver
Tom Mawyer .... driver: New Jersey (as Thomas Mawyer)
Thomas Morris .... driver: New Jersey
Derek Raser .... transportation coordinator
Geoff Teagardin .... driver
Chuck Tomasello .... driver (as Chuck Thomasello)
Jimmy Valdes .... driver (as James Valdes)
Doug Wright .... driver: New Jersey
 
Other crew
Antoinette Achucarro .... office production assistant
Arturo Alamo .... office production assistant
Tony Angellotti .... unit publicist
Mark Asaro .... production coordinator
Carol Banker .... script supervisor
Patricia Barnes .... craft service: New Jersey
Yasmine Brito .... assistant to producers
Adam Butera .... production assistant: New Jersey
Mike Cecconi .... set production assistant
Tom Clear .... thanked in credits for myspace support
Shaun Paul Costello .... thanked in credits for myspace support
Jen Cox .... accountant: New Jersey
Jacqueline Eckhouse .... legal counsel: Sloss Law Office LLP (as Jackie Eckhouse)
Heather Fielding .... studio teacher
Patti Foy .... studio teacher
Dennis Garcia .... chef
Lester Garcia .... first assistant chef
Jeff Gardner .... set medic
Joe Gariffo .... thanked in credits for myspace support
Laura M. Guzik .... office production assistant (as Laura Guzik)
Janine Halloway .... banking services: HSBC Bank
Julie Hansen .... post-production accountant: Film Auditors, Inc.
Alison Hunter .... legal counsel: Sloss Law Office LLP
Mary Jasionowski .... production accountant
Amir R. Khan .... production assistant: New Jersey (as Amir Khan)
Arron Kinser .... key set production assistant (as Aaron Kinser)
Nicole Kreuzer .... stand-in: Jennifer Schwalbach and Jason Mewes
Marty Kudelka .... assistant choreographer
Sophia Lin .... production coordinator: New Jersey
Pablo Macho Maysonet IV .... production assistant
Randy McKenney .... stand-in
Desiree Mejia .... assistant craft service
Nick Monahan .... assistant accountant (as Nicholas Monahan)
Alan Mork .... second assistant chef
Danny Muscoplat .... production secretary
Gerry Needle .... studio teacher
Avery Paul .... set medic: New Jersey
Vicky Pezza .... production assistant: New Jersey (as Victoria Menke)
Mark Pierce .... office production assistant
Marissa Price .... production assistant: New Jersey
Steven Rau .... set production assistant (as Steven 'Big Pretty' Rau)
Morgan Ressa .... set production assistant: New Jersey
Michael Rooney .... choreographer
Phil Scalisi .... craft service
Jennifer Scott .... first assistant accountant
Gabe Shedd .... production assistant
Gail Stanley .... assistant: Kevin Smith
Jenny Rose Starwalt .... production assistant: New Jersey (as Jenny Rose Costuros)
Natasha Subova .... unit publicist
Lalida Sujjavasin .... set production assistant
Mike Tsucalas .... set production assistant
James Watson .... set medic
Jake Weisman .... office production assistant (as Jacob Weisman)
 
Thanks
Jeff Anderson .... the director would like to thank: For not only coming back, but for knocking it out of the park and keeping me honest. (as Jeff)
Joseph Azzolina Jr. .... special thanks
James Baker .... special thanks
Carol Banker .... the director would like to thank: For keeping the axis straight, yet again. (as Banker)
Juana Benavides .... special thanks: Molly Pitcher Inn
Brad Butler .... thanks
Ming Chen .... the director would like to thank: For being my Lord of the Web-Rings. (as Ming)
Greg Conger .... special thanks: UFCW Local 324 [Orange County]
Shaun Paul Costello .... additional thanks
Mike Coughlin .... additional thanks
Rosario Dawson .... the director would like to thank: For saying yes and turning in a performance so great, it made me actually believe that Becky would fuck Dante. (as Rosario)
Brian Detrani .... special thanks
Trevor Fehrman .... the director would like to thank: For an Elias you could pity and love. (as Trevor)
Joey Figueroa .... the director would like to thank: For the hours of awesome "Train Wreck". (as Joey)
Joe Gariffo .... additional thanks
James Gierman .... the director would like to thank: For the perfect location. (as James)
Ryan Glynn .... additional thanks
Laura Greenlee .... the director would like to thank: For holding it all together so amazingly. (as Laura)
Brian Greenzang .... special thanks
Greg Halibozek .... special thanks: UFCW Local 324 [Orange County]
Cody Hamman .... additional thanks
Elizabeth Hammon .... special thanks
Dave Harlequin .... additional thanks
Graham Hart .... special thanks
Robert Holtzman .... the director would like to thank: For my favorite set of all time. (as Ratface)
Eric Jaffe .... additional thanks
Bob Kaplan .... special thanks for myspace support
David Klein .... the director would like to thank: Welcome back, sir. No flicks without you, ever again. Promise. (as Dave)
Zak Knutson .... the director would like to thank: For the hours of awesome "Train Wreck". (as Zack)
Marty Kudelka .... the director would like to thank: For being Lords of the Dance. (as Marty)
Aine Leicht .... acknowledgment
Ken Leicht .... acknowledgment
Robert Mancino .... thanks (as Bobby Bates)
Craig Mastrototaro .... special thanks
Jason Mewes .... special thanks
Paul Molnar .... very special thanks
Scott Mosier .... the director would like to thank: My true hetero life-mate and second-to-one soul-mate (as Scott)
Paul Nicholasi .... thanks
Brian O'Halloran .... the director would like to thank: For being the world's best straight man (as Brian)
Scott Purcell .... the director would like to thank: For his brilliant art. (as Purcell)
Derek Raser .... the director would like to thank: Wait a second... thank ME, bitch, for rarely having to move a truck this time. (as Razer X)
Michael Rooney .... the director would like to thank: For being Lords of the Dance. (as Michael)
Bob Rose .... additional thanks
Dylan Sachse .... special thanks
Jennifer Schwalbach Smith .... the director would like to thank: She who keeps my heart beating, and makes me appreciative and scared. And loved; always loved. (as Jenny)
Josh Shanks .... thanks
Marcus Slabine .... very special thanks
Donald E. Smith .... the director would like to thank: For years of support and for having sex (as Dad)
Grace Smith .... the director would like to thank: For years of support and for having sex (as Mom)
Harley Quinn Smith .... the director would like to thank: For being the spring in Dad's step. (as Harley)
Byron Stanley .... the director would like to thank: For quietly having sex, and for keeping my life running smoothly. (as Byron)
Gail Stanley .... the director would like to thank: For quietly having sex, and for keeping my life running smoothly. (as Gail)
Tony Steinberg .... the director would like to thank: For keeping us on schedule. (as Tony)
The Thapar .... special thanks
Bob Weinstein .... the director would like to thank: For the cash, the green light, and the freedom. (as Bob)
Harvey Weinstein .... the director would like to thank: For the cash, the green light, and the freedom. (as Harvey)
Kenny White .... special thanks
Addison Wylie .... additional thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for pervasive sexual and crude content including aberrant sexuality, strong language and some drug material
Runtime:
97 min
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Color:
Black and White (some sequences) | Color
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Canada:14+ (TV rating) | Finland:K-15 | France:Tous publics | Germany:16 | Iceland:12 | Ireland:16 | Ireland:18 (video rating) | Italy:VM14 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R21 (cut) | South Africa:18 (DVD rating) (L,N,P,S) | South Africa:16 (theatrical rating) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #42868)

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Trivia:
In the scene where Becky decides to teach Dante how to dance in the roof of the restaurant, she calls Jay and Silent Bob from the roof to tell them to play some music. Jay and Silent Bob can't figure out where the voice is coming from, so Jay replies: "Lord?" This is a reference to Kevin Smith's previous film, Dogma, in which God is revealed to be a woman in the end of the film.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Dante first shows up at the store and lifts the lock to open the metal shutters, he doesn't sense anything amiss inside. When he lifts the shutter to find a violent inferno inside, he closes the door with his bare hands and then lifts it again. If the store were really burning so violently, the metal shutters and lock would have certainly been too hot to be touched.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Dante Hicks:[on his cellphone] Yeah, I got a fire at the Quick Stop. Yeah.
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Movie Connections:
References The Godfather (1972)See more »
Soundtrack:
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224 out of 298 people found the following review useful.
CLERKS II - A great conclusion to the NJ saga!, 5 June 2006
Author: Bladerunnerrr from United States

This movie was everything I hoped it would be. It is especially (or maybe even primarily) for fans of Kevin Smith's "ViewAskewniverse". (And yes, it's in color...mostly.) Also, there was no subtitle...it was titled simply "CLERKS II"...no "the second coming" or "the passion of the CLERKS".

I don't want to hit any spoilers this soon before the movie comes out, but the general idea is that it is a "coming of age" story for the Gen X slackers, who finally in their 30s find themselves not having advanced very far in life, careers, personally or even in general (this is primarily Dante's role, anyway). He decides (due to some things beyond his control) to FINALLY move on, "grow up", get married and leave Leonardo New Jersey and its band of bad influences behind.

Randall, of course, is not so keen at his only friend leaving NJ, is perfectly happy living with his parents and doing as little as possible, and a good part of the movie is spent on Randall challenging Dante's decision and exploration of their friendship.

Now, this may sound like some kind of melodrama, BUT IT ISN'T!!! That basic story is weaved between the plot devices, smart dialogue and gritty or "pushing the limits" humor we come to expect from Kevin Smith.

There's Jay and Silent Bob of course, who have a mini-character arc/growth experience themselves, Jason Lee in with an all new character for one short scene (I think this is his 5th new character in Kevin's ViewAskew franchise), and Ben Affleck with a mercifully brief (one or two line) cameo. Jay and Bob's antics are always a great break from the other action, never an intrusion, even when they are TRYING to intrude, by making asses of themselves (literally) in the background of the primary action.

Plus, a couple of new characters, a crew member at Mooby's (a McDonald's type fast food joint) named Elias who is a very religious, naive counterpoint to Randall's ruthless and jaded personality, and therefore the butt of many jokes/gags. His and Randall's comments regarding "Lords of the Ring" vs "Star Wars" are priceless and vintage Kevin Smith.

Another new character, "Becky", is played by Rosario Dawson, who is the manager at the same restaurant. She plays the part of the good female friend who depends on Dante and challenges Dante to consider if he really wants to settle for a girl who is merely tolerable.

As with the first "CLERKS", this movie pushes the limit of what can be put on film and actually get released in theaters. I hope the more controversial parts make the final cut because I think the shock value that makes you say "NO THEY DIDN'T!" is a valuable part of the equation and expected from this film franchise. Without giving anything away, there are particularly two of the films ongoing jokes, one having to do with bestiality, the other in which some very NON-PC racial terms are used, REPEATEDLY, including the "N-word". No one else has the guts to address these issues and make them funny. 'Cept Kevin Smith.

Finally, the movie really does have a story without being preachy, we're treated to known characters without it being a nostalgia-fest (for instance, Jay and Bob are in their signature places in front of the Quick Stop, but Jay utters not once "Snootchie Bootchies"...but not to fear, he finds a NEW way to crack us up...Bob's discovered a way to keep Jay's mind off of drugs. Fans of Jay will NOT be disappointed.)And the movie goes through an interesting story arc, with surprises and twists resulting in a satisfying ending.

I'm concerned that the more risqué scenes might have to be neutered for ratings' purposes; hopefully not. If so, they will be on the DVD for sure. I can say that even in very conservative KC, the audience laughed A lot, no one walked out during the most "offensive" part, and everyone seemed to really enjoy the edgy wit, smart dialogue as well as the bathroom humor that kept the film at a fun pace.

*EDIT-I've since read that 3 people walked out, which isn't bad from an audience of nearly 500 and with a movie this edgy. I guess I was enjoying myself too much to notice the walkouts!

The movie is also more realistic than some of the other View Askew movies; more like Clerks, obviously. None of the comic book type stunts like in "Mallrats" (Silent Bob's batman utility belt and flying around with a cape) or "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" (with the fake lightsaber scenes and flying on the bicycle through a wall and not getting hurt) or all the special effects,mythology and divine interventions of "Dogma" (Alanis Morisette as God appearing at the end to save the world). There are no scenes to groan at and think "ah, right, like that could happen". These characters are real, and real things happen to them, no special abilities, creatures from the underworld or new age messiahs. Just real people that many of us can relate to.

In closing...don't take your grandmother to this movie. It is full of obscene language, profane concepts, drug references, "unnatural" sexual references, etc. Unless you know your girlfriend is hip and not easily offended, test her with a DVD of "CLERKS" first to see if she "gets" the humor.

Otherwise, get a gang of friends, go to this movie and get ready to laugh your freakin' BUTT off!

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