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Clerks II

Clerks II

Director:Kevin Smith
Cast:Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Rosario Dawson, Trevor Fehrman, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith
Release Date:2006
Genre:Comedy, Drama

Opens July 21

By Violet LeVoit | Posted 7/19/2006

Not much has changed in director Kevin Smith’s fictional New Jersey since 1994. There’s the same strip mall vista, the Ben Affleck cameo, the sarcastic, sassy, GGG women, and, of course, Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Smith), who materialize out of nowhere to provide their usual twisted Greek chorus commentary. The only local cataclysm is that the Quick Stop convenience store—the setting of the original Clerks—has burned down and metaslackers Dante and Randal (Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson) must find marginal employment elsewhere, this time at a fast food chain where their co-workers are Lord of the Rings geek Elias (a very funny Trevor Fehrman) and the winsome manager and aforementioned GGG girl, Becky (Rosario Dawson). Between the gag-inducing gross-out jokes, the pseudo-pontification over pop culture’s finer points, the tastelessly witty dialogue, and the passive-aggressive McJob ethos, it’s Clerks all over again. But at the 3/4ths point, Smith deftly reveals his character’s vulnerability, verbalizing an affection between (and for) them that transcends trash comedy. Even though the incurably abrasive Randal bloviating over whether “porch monkey” is necessarily a racial slur is probably not what Francois Truffaut had in mind, no one can deny Smith’s totally unique auteurship in American movies. Those who enjoy the seamlessly integrated View Askew world of in-jokes and recurring faces will find it a pleasure to hang out in front of some building with all of them again.

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