Friday, May 17, 2013

Clerks (1994)

Synopsis:  World’s worst retail-sector employees discuss life choices, oral sex and Return of the Jedi.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: "Just Because They Serve You... Doesn't Mean They Like You."

What Did I Learn?: 1) Any independent contractors who died on the second Death Star received their just desserts. 2) Guys, if your girlfriend informs you she sucked 37 dicks, it's best to keep that information to yourself.

You Might Like This Movie If: you know that customer service isn't easy.  

Really?: 1) So wait, Dante is 22, tragically uncool and miserable, and he dropped out of school in order to continue working in a convenience store, and yet he has not just one, but two attractive, college-educated women chasing him? Um... I ain’t buyin’ it. 2) Would any straight guy rent hermaphrodite porn to watch with another straight guy, strictly for shits and giggles?

Rating: Clerks is a perfect example of (extremely) low-budget filmmaking at its best. While I'm not a big fan of Kevin Smith's later films, I like this one because it combines brilliantly-written (albeit incredibly foul-mouthed) dialogue, clever observational humour, and a surprisingly positive message about taking charge of your choices in life. It's funny that Dante and Randal spend so much time discussing Empire and Jedi because Clerks is proof that you don't need a George Lucas-sized budget in order to make a great movie. Highly recommended. 10/10 stars.

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