Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's a lesbian.
Joey Lauren Adams,
Lifelong platonic friends Zack and Miri look to solve their respective cash-flow problems by making an adult film together. As the cameras roll, however, the duo begin to sense that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought.
Dante Hicks is not having a good day. He works as a clerk in a small convenience store and is told to come into work on his day off. Dante thinks life is a series of down endings and this day is proving to no different. He reads in the newspaper that his ex-girlfriend Caitlin is getting married. His present girlfriend reveals to have somewhat more experience with sex that he ever imagined. His principal concerns are the hockey game he has that afternoon and the wake for a friend who died. His buddy Randal Graves works as a clerk in the video store next and he hates his job just about as much as Dante hates his.Written by
Kevin Smith cast Lisa Spoonauer after seeing her in an acting class at Brookdale Community College, NJ. Afterwards he approached her in the parking lot and asked her "Do you wanna be in a movie?" She replied, "Not if it's porn." Ironically, Smith would later direct Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), which is about a group of people approaching others to perform in a pornographic movie. See more »
The Administer of Fines states that the little girl was sold cigarettes at 4 that afternoon. This is impossible because the sale occurred before the hockey game, which was at 2 p.m., and Dante and Randal were at the wake at 4 p.m. (Director admitted this in the DVD/LD commentary). See more »
[phone rings and Dante falls out of a closet]
Hello. What? No, I don't work today. I'm playing hockey at two.
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The DVD version also includes an alternate set of closing credits. Instead of music, the credits are shown over cash register sound effects. At the very end of the credits there's also a brief scene showing a customer (played by director Kevin Smith) entering the store. Seeing that nobody is behind the counter (Dante has been shot during the hold-up) he steals a pack of cigarettes and leaves. See more »
Violent Mood Swings
Written by Walter Flakus (as W. Flakus), Christopher Hall (as C. Hall), Jim Sellers (as J. Sellers),
David Suycott (as D. Suycott), Stuart Zechman (as S. Zechman)
Performed by Stabbing Westward
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Kevin Smith has delved into action ("Mallrats"), drama ("Chasing Amy") and philosophy ("Dogma") in his Askewniverse, but Clerks, the first film of the series, is still the best.
Shot on a ridiculously low budget, using mostly friends and relatives as the cast and crew (see the line in the credits where "Boom" is credited as "whoever happened to be holding the pole"), "Clerks" is such a great film just because it doesn't try to be more than it is. You get the sense that this movie is in black and white not to be pretentious, but just because it's a prosaic look at prosaic lives.
Kevin Smith's real gift is writing funny, witty dialogue, and that's what carries this film. From Star Wars debates (did the destruction of the second Death Star in "Jedi" cost innocent contractors their lives?) to perfectly serious debates about sex ("Thirty-seven???"), this is the ultimate movie for anyone who's ever been going nowhere and doing nothing. It's a day in the life of the guy working at the corner store, no more, no less. But it's absolutely brilliant.
People either love or hate Kevin Smith movies. Chances are, if you can appreciate the humour of low-brow jokes about pornography as high art, then you'll enjoy "Clerks". His brand of humour isn't for everyone. This is his first film and it's flawed, to be sure. But in my humble opinion, it's still Smith's best.
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