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* CrossesTheLineTwice: A meta example: Jeff Anderson was uncomfortable filming the scene in which Randall reads off a list of increasingly vulgar porno films to his distributor in front of a mother and her child (notice how all the shots of him reading the list are in close up) and asked Kevin Smith to maybe remove one or two of the worst ones. Smith responded by taking the list and ''adding three more titles!!!''
* EarWorm: "My love for you is like a truck, ''Berserker!''"
* EnsembleDarkhorse: [[ThoseTwoGuys Jay and Silent Bob]].
** And to a lesser extent, the little girl who buys the cigarettes.
** The customer who asks "In a row?" when Dante finds out about his girlfriend's sexual history.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** The part where Veronica and (especially) Dante berate each other over their sex lives was played for laughs in this movie. However, in ''Film/ChasingAmy'', Holden has a similar reaction to Alyssa when he finds out about her previous sexual experiences, which was played entirely for drama and is why their relationship ultimately didn't work out. And that was in turn based off of [[RealitySubtext Kevin Smith and Joey Lauren Adams' relationship]].
** The dark ending to Caitlin's story is extremely hard to watch after her actress Lisa Spoonauer died at age 44 from unknown causes.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** [[UsefulNotes/BillClinton Fellatio doesn't count as sex, eh?]]
** On the commentary featured on the DVD, [[Creator/KevinSmith the director]] says that the Music/SoulAsylum video on the DVD is the [[Film/ClerksII closest thing to a sequel]] that the film would ever get.
** Meta: Jeff Anderson refused to read the list of porno titles in front of the mother and child, so the scene was shot in close up with [[ReactionShot Reaction Shots]] added. Creator/JuddApatow, considered to be Kevin Smith's SpiritualSuccessor, has since done numerous movies where characters shamelessly curse in front of children.
** Randall's monologue on the destruction of the second Death Star in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' included the statement that storm troopers don't know jack about installing toilet mains. Then ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' gives us Finn, a storm trooper who worked on Starkiller Base (the SpiritualSuccessor to the Death Star) in sanitation. This means there might be at least one storm trooper who knows how to install a toilet main after all.
* HoYay: Randal towards Dante.
-->'''Randal''': Oh, hey Caitlin? Break his heart again this time, and I'll kill you... Nothing personal.
-->'''Caitlin''': You're very protective of him, Randal. You always have been.
-->'''Randal''': Territoriality. He was mine first.
* HypeBacklash: Has appeared on several "Most Overrated Films" lists.
* IAmNotShazam: Every single poster for the film seems to imply that all five characters featured on the posters are "clerks", when only two actually are.
* JerkassWoobie: Dante.
* {{Narm}}: A lot of the acting is pretty bad.
** Since the film was made for only $30,000 (the soundtrack cost more than the film), Smith had to use one actor for four roles. Plus, some of the actors weren't professionals (including Smith), so this was bound to happen, although the film is mostly NarmCharm in a way.
* NightmareFuel: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWFBXocl3Go Before the film proper even starts.]]''
* OneSceneWonder: Silent Bob.
-->"You know, there's a million fine-looking women in the world, dude. But they don't all bring you lasagna at work. Most of 'em just cheat on you."
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Many movies have come along since then, depicting 20-somethings sitting around, slacking off, and talking about sex and pop culture is somewhat of a cliche' now. At the time of the making of this movie, it was much more novel.
* {{Squick}}: Caitlyn's "encounter" in the Quick Stop's bathroom.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: Dante is supposed to be seen as in the wrong for constantly blaming Randal for most of his problems, but his complaints aren't unjustified. While the NoodleIncident at the funeral was shown to not be Randal's fault (he was accidentally pushed onto the casket), he had no business being there since he didn't know Julie. He got Dante fined for selling cigarettes to a minor, and there was never any indication that he'd pay Dante back for the incident. While Randal didn't know that Dante was reconsidering on [[spoiler: breaking up with Veronica]], he still had no business telling her.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The movie is very much a product of TheNineties. 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 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.
* {{Wangst}}: {{Lampshaded}}. Dante does this all the time, to the point where Caitlin comes to visit him specifically because she knows he's probably spent the whole day agonizing over the wedding announcement. It's even implied that his self-pity is entirely the result of his refusal to get over Caitlin, a girl he has every reason ''not'' to care about any more. This ends up being the first thing Randal eventually blows up at him for.
--> '''Dante''': And you know what the ''real'' tragedy of all this is? '''I'm not even supposed to be here today!'''
--> '''Randall''': '''OH, FUCK YOU, MAN! FUCK YOU!''' [...] "I'm not even supposed to be here today", you sound like an asshole!
* WriterCopOut: The original ending where Dante gets killed by an armed robber. Kevin Smith openly admitted that he only did that because he had no idea how to wrap up the story and was happy to have been talked into cutting it.
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