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Clerks

  • Rated R
  • HD and SD formats available

comedy


Clerks is one wild day in the life of a pair of overworked counter jockeys whose razor-sharp wit and on the job antics give a whole new meaning to customer service.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    88%
  • Audience Score
    89%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
5 out of 5
Violence
0 out of 5

Low language, high philosophy, and low budget.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is more swearing in this film than at a convention of longshoremen. It's presented in the form of natural conversational rhythm, rather than as epithets. There are no depictions of sex, but it's discussed explicitly. Events and topics of note such as oral sex, masturbation, pornography, a death off screen, hermaphrodism, drinking, drugs, a child purchasing cigarettes, and an inadvertent case of necrophilia, make this film exceedingly inappropriate for kids under 17.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Dante and Randal's work ethic and their relationships with women. Which characters represent a positive life direction and which ones appear to be going nowhere? Parents and kids might find the production of the film interesting due to its large success and low budget. They might compare the director's passion and tenacity with the attitudes of Dante and Randal.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    88%
    reviews counted: 2
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  • Audience

    89%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: An episodic, dialogue-heavy picture shot in black and white, Clerks is nevertheless remarkably cinematic.

- Nev Pierce, BBC, Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Fresh: A hoot one moment, a hiss the next, the film is about as even as a city road after a hard winter. But the script's sheer vigour sees us through.

- Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, Friday, April 12, 2002

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Kevin Smith set out to make a film about pop culture and he succeeded on every level. On a small scale it is a comedy with a lot of filthy language, but it is much more than that. Clerks is an essential generation x movie with both the mindset and mood of the time. It's pure cynical backlash to the world around. It's the small talk that you have every day, not something made to sound better.

- ythelastman89, Sunday, January 3, 2010

4 stars

The great thing about this film is its originality. It really is one of a kind. The characters talk in a stilted dialogue, painfully obvious that it's scripted, and the subject matter is more than ridiculous, and yet, the film works, because of its purely original storyline and concepts. Comedies like this are a dying breed, where the main characters are actually established as characters, not some sideshow freak which trips over and makes a silly face for a laugh. Dante Hicks is a down-on-his-luck guy who doesn't seem to care about the fact or be willing to do anything about it. His best friend, Randal Graves, is a man who seems to know what he's doing, even though what he does most of the time is take advantage of his position at the video store ordering porn. Veronica is Dante's frustrated girlfriend who has just about had it with Dante's defeatist attitude. These three characters have one hell of a day, interrupted by Jewish guys, customers and hecklers who turn out to be salesmen for chewing gum just trying to get a commission. And these are just a few of the incidents, not even getting started on the menagerie of golden conversations which ensue, especially between Dante and Randall, covering everything from weird death positions to Return of the Jedi. The black and white was a very bold choice for director Kevin Smith, as well as the extremely long takes and static camera shots which are prominent throughout the movie. This sort of style mimics the view of a security camera and makes the audience feel as if they are spying on the characters who are having the weirdest day of their lives. Even though the set pieces themsleves are surprisingly subdued for such a critically acclaimed movie, there are a lot of laughs to be had here, and the film will only get better after repeat viewings. Great film. Defining Scene: My favourite scene is definitely playing hockey on the roof. Such an original thought.

- TomBowler, Sunday, December 20, 2009

0 star

I didnt see what was so great about this movie & the 2nd movie sucked to

- dukeakasmudge, Friday, October 30, 2009