Thursday, September 28, 2006

Clerks 2

Kevin Smith finishes his series of films set in his ViewAskew universe by cashing in and producing a sequel to the film that made him famous in the first place. Clerks 2 follows Dante Hicks and Randal Graves the two shop keepers from the first film. With the first shop burnt to the ground the two find themselves working in the local burger bar in the McJob lifestyles. Dante is due to leave for a married life in Florida but is torn with his feelings as he also has something for the restaurant manager. Randal on the other hand is continuing his slacker existence winding up customers and coming up with unique theories on movies.

Whether or not Kevin did the right thing in producing this film is open to debate but at least this time he realised that the thing that made the first film funny was the behaviour and rantings of Randal, and in this film its him who takes centre stage.

We have scenes that break the record for use of the phrase "ass to mouth", and a scene involving a donkey that is very funny. But amongst all the comedy there is a story too that isn't too schmaltzy, at least not as bad as Jersey Girl or Chasing Amy.

There's a nice pop at Lord of the Rings (3 films about walking) and plenty of cameos from the people from the other movies but overall the film is forgettable and not up to the same league of the first film, at least he's closed the story now in a nice way. It will just be interesting to see whether he stays true to his promise and goes on to make films outside territory he's familiar with.
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