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Running gags and inside jokes in Kevin Smith's View Askewniverse

28 September 2011 5:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With Red State out on tomorrow in the UK, we provide a run-down of the running gags and inside jokes in Kevin Smith’s earlier films…

“See, all these movies take place in this small town called Shermer in Illinois, where all the honeys are top-shelf but all the dudes are whiny pussies.” Jay, Dogma.

A large part of Kevin Smith's career as a filmmaker has been spent telling stories about New Jersey, not to be mistaken for “just making the same movie over and over again.” With an affection for John Hughes, who set a number of hugely popular teen comedies in the fictional town of Shermer, Illinois, Smith followed up Clerks with a number of movies set in the same microcosmic continuity as his first film.

Colloquially named after View Askew Productions, the View Askewniverse encompasses all of Smith's films from 1994 to 2006, with the exception of 2004's Jersey Girl. »

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