Director: Kevin Smith
Runtime: 102 minutes
Starring: Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Lisa Spoonhauer, Scott Mosier, Walter Flanagan, Scott SChiafo, Al Bekowitz, David Klein, Ed Hapstak, Pattijean Csik, Ernest O’Donnell, Kimberly Loughran
Description: A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante (Brian O’Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson) as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.
Review: Director and script writer Kevin Smith filmed this movie in a convenient store, where he was working at the time. He could only film after hours. For the script he had years of stories that he could use from his own experience as a convenient store clerk. The movie basically has teen humor: almost every conversation is about sex. How many people have you slept with, how a blowjob isn’t having sex with someone, the best porn movies and women. Very juvenile, yet fun.
The film was financed with the ten credit cards director Kevin Smith has and the sale of his comic book collection. The film eventually cost him 27,575 dollars, basically half a second for making “Titanic”.
Smith was originally going to play Jay, the one with the most catchy lines. Eventually he choose Jason Mewes for this role and took on the part of Silent Bob himself. This character has been a cult figure since then. Although he only has one line in the film, he is the one that stays with you.
Besides an iconic character, the movie itself also gained a cult status. The movie has a large amount of fans. I’m not one of them, which doesn’t mean I don’t like “Clerks”. It’s a fun film, but to me it’s not more memorable then other 90s comedies.
Rating: 3/ 5