Thursday, July 22, 2004

Clerks - Movie Review

"The only trouble with this place is the customers"

Poor white America is fucked up. That is the most common opinion that most people have. Kevin Smith has made a living out of that opinion. He makes presumably fucked up characters and gives them lots of respectability (I am NOT talking about Jay).

He characterizes their frustrations, tribulations and their reactions in probably the best satire among all his works in Clerks. The work is true and close to his heart, since his characters seem like people whom he grew up with. He himself plays the Buddha-like Silent Bob in all his movies.

What is different about Clerks? How is it different from other movies? Nothing great you see a glimpse of all the bigger characters he created later on but in this movie like the self righteous boyfriend (Chasing Amy), the matter of fact and practical girl (Chasing Amy, Dogma again), the lazy sidekick who makes some very astute observations (all his movies), the tobacco activists (Mallrats), Jay and Silent Bob (all his movies)? the list goes on and on.

The movie is also peppered with dialogues that will make you give a wry smile. The satire is almost too good to resist if you have seen his other movies. You will be able to see why Kevin Smith is such a great script writer. He characterizes and supports his characters so well! Here are some lines from the movie that I found good.

VERONICA
(to the crowd)
And you people: Don’t you have jobs
to go to? Get out of here and go
commute.
In obvious satire of the customer's sub-urban residing place
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DANTE
I hate this fuckng place.
Well? he is a clerk in a poor sub-urban convenience store. The passion with which he says it is unnerving.
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DANTE
Making a male climax is not all
that challenging: insert somewhere
close and preferably moist; thrust;
repeat.
Lol combination of frustration and ennui can be a dangerous thing. Our man satirizes about everything he comes across.
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DANTE
I’m sure he wasn’t sleeping.

IMPATIENT CUSTOMER
You calling me a liar?

DANTE
No; he was probably just resting
his eyes.

Dry humour is often the resort of the bored. Don?t watch this movie if you cannot laugh at yourself a few times.
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DANTE
Empire had the better ending: Luke
gets his hand cut off, and finds
out Vader’s his father; Han gets
frozen and taken away by Boba Fett.
It ends on such a down note. And
that’s life-a series of down
endings. All Jedi had was a bunch
of Muppets.

More dry humour. I associated with this quite a lot. The conversation goes on to a theory about the ?death star? from the Star Wars movies. Funny would an understatement.
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RANDAL
Who cares? That lady’s an asshole.
Everybody that comes in here is way
too uptight. This job would be
great if it wasn’t for the fucking
customers.

From a video store clerk... :)... the movie I funny juxt because it is too commonplace.
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So happy laughing!! And enjoy.

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