Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Clerks 2

I saw Clerks when it first came out in 1984. I thought it was one of the funniest movies I'd ever seen. It was low budget and brilliant. From the Chewlies chewing gum salesman with the diseased lungs, to Jay and silent Bob, to Randal and Dante's philosphical discussions I laughed my ass off. The 27 blowjobs bit was classic. I've watched that movie over and over.It launched the career of Kevin Smith, and though his movies since that time have been hit or miss (Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Mall Rats), I'll always thinks of Clerk's as one of the best comedies of all time.

Not everyone loved it though. Some people found it offensive. My parents, for one. They walked out of the theater in the middle of the movie. That's something they never do. I'm not really sure which part of the movie pushed them over the edge because they don't like to discuss it.

If they found Clerks offensive they'd be shocked and apalled by Clerks 2. Talk about pushing the envelope. This movie is really over the top. I haven't seen something this offensive since John Water's Pink Flamingoes. But it's funny. At times. Fans of Clerks and Kevin Smith's other movies will like Clerks 2. If you haven't seen Clerks 1, I'm not sure I can really recommend this movie.

Some bits had me laughing outloud, giggling hysterically. Other parts had me cringing in my seat, covering my eyes and saying Jesus Christ. The rest of the audience responded in a similar fashion, with collective groans and exclamations throughout the show. Jason Mewes as Jay was fantastic as usual. The guy never changes. He still looks the same 20 years later. Jeff Anderson and Brian O'Halloran haven't aged as well. They look older and fatter than they did, which makes their characters seem even more pathetic. Rosario Dawson is a nice addition to the cast and Trevor Fehrman as Elias is excellent. Many of the jokes are recreations or reinterpretations of bits from Clerks 1 so if you didn't see that movie they might not seem that funny.

S and I enjoyed the movie a lot and we'll probably get the DVD when it comes out. Seeing it makes me want to go watch the original again. I can recommend both movies to people who enjoy intelligent but somewhat raunchy humor. Just don't go see them with your parents.


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