History Film / Clerks

29th Mar '17 4:54:22 PM NWolfman
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Surprisingly for a film with profanity and vulgar references, it manages to stay quite intelligent and upon release, it was well received by critics such as Creator/RogerEbert and Leonard Maltin. The film's success helped jump start the modern independent film industry (which actually began with ''Film/SexLiesAndVideotape'') (more accurately, Jim Jarmmusch's ''Stranger than Paradise'', 1984 and Spike Lee's ''She's Gotta Have It'', 1986) and turned [[Creator/MiramaxFilms Miramax]] into a major distributor for said independent films, rivaled only by Polygram Filmed Entertainment and Fox Searchlight.

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Surprisingly for a film with profanity and vulgar references, it manages to stay quite intelligent and upon release, it was well received by critics such as Creator/RogerEbert and Leonard Maltin. The film's success helped jump start the modern independent film industry (which actually began with ''Film/SexLiesAndVideotape'') (more accurately, Jim Jarmmusch's ''Stranger than Paradise'', 1984 and Spike Lee's ''She's Gotta Have It'', 1986) 1986, but was given a big kick by ''Film/SexLiesAndVideotape'' and ''Film/{{Slacker}}'', the latter of which Smith claimed was his direct inspiration for this film) and turned [[Creator/MiramaxFilms Miramax]] into a major distributor for said independent films, rivaled only by Polygram Filmed Entertainment and Fox Searchlight.
29th Mar '17 10:05:03 AM NWolfman
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* FirstWorldProblems: This was one of the first movies to address the "quarter life crisis," the brief period in middle-class Americans between graduating high school and joining the real world either through college or a full-time job, all the while struggling to impose structure on their own lives. Dante takes it a step further by acting as though his problems are all out of his control when really they're just average frustrations that he could deal with if, as Randal puts it, he would just "shit or get off the pot."
27th Mar '17 4:34:17 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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The earliest part of TheViewAskewniverse (though ''Mallrats'', which came out later, is actually the day before the events of ''Clerks''). With the obvious exception of Jay and Silent Bob, Dante and Randal are the most frequently recurring characters in the verse, having starred in an AnimatedAdaptation, ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'', several comics and more recently in a true sequel in the film, ''Film/ClerksII''.

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The earliest part of TheViewAskewniverse (though ''Mallrats'', which came out later, is actually the day before the events of ''Clerks''). With the obvious exception of Jay and Silent Bob, Dante and Randal are the most frequently recurring characters in the verse, having starred in an AnimatedAdaptation, ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'', several comics and more recently in 2006, a true sequel in the film, ''Film/ClerksII''.
26th Mar '17 2:33:05 AM AP
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The movie is very much a product of TheNinties. There's the fashion (flannel shirts, backwards baseball caps, and Dock Martin boots), the music (Music/AliceInChains and Music/SoulAsylum especially), and the prominent VHS rental store as a prominent set piece, to say nothing of characters using a payphone to call outside their home.
* WhatTheHellHero: Dante and Randal do this to each other at the end of the movie.
26th Mar '17 2:32:13 AM AP
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The movie is very much a product of TheNinties. There's the fashion (flannel shirts, backwards baseball caps, and Dock Martin boots), the music (Music/AliceInChains and Music/SoulAsylum especially), and the prominent VHS rental store as a prominent set piece, to say nothing of characters using a payphone to call outside their home.
22nd Mar '17 2:27:10 PM major-kumquat
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* AlterKocker: The old man who comes into Quick Stop to use the bathroom, [[spoiler:dies while masturbating and who's body Caitlin has sex with in the dark under the assumption that it's Dante]]. He speaks with a broad Yiddish accent and calls Dante "boychik" at one point.

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* AlterKocker: The old man who comes into Quick Stop to use the bathroom, [[spoiler:dies while masturbating and who's whose body Caitlin has sex with in the dark under the assumption that it's Dante]]. He speaks with a broad Yiddish accent and calls Dante "boychik" at one point.
27th Jan '17 5:31:43 PM WildeOscar
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* InsistentTerminology. "Asian design major".
** Also, unlike real life, no one buying cigarettes asks for a specific brand or type. They just say "cigarettes".



* InsistentTerminology: Everyone refers to Sang as an Asian design major.
** Also, unlike real life, no one asks for a specific brand or type of cigarettes, they all just say "cigarettes" when buying them.
27th Jan '17 5:28:11 PM WildeOscar
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* InsistentTerminology: Everyone refers to Sang as an Asian design major.
** Also, unlike real life, no one asks for a specific brand or type of cigarettes, they all just say "cigarettes" when buying them.
28th Oct '16 12:08:15 AM NWolfman
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* ActingUnnatural: As he tries to [[ItMakesSenseInContext fish his car keys out of Julie's skirt]], Randal stands behind Dante, pretending to comfort his friend as he weeps. It goes as well as is to be expected.


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* ThemeTuneCameo: The beginning of the short is scored to a snatch of the theme from ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries''.
28th Oct '16 12:02:07 AM NWolfman
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* ThickLineAnimation: It's done in the same style as ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries''.

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* ThickLineAnimation: It's done Animated in the same style as ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries''.of ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries''.
* TookALevelInJerkass: If we're to take this scene in the context of the rest of the movie, Randal, who's otherwise difficult by not a complete asshole, seems particularly mean to Dante during this whole ordeal, especially when he introduces Dante to Julie's parents after Dante explicitly told him that they did not want to see each other.
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