* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: The first public screening of the film at IFFM was a complete disaster. The theater was deserted, with an audience of twelve, ten of whom were cast and crew, leaving Smith humiliated and heartbroken. Fortunately, one of the two other audience members just happened to be journalist Bob Hawk, who loved the film and set into motion bringing it to the attention of the Sundance Film Festival and, eventually, Creator/MiramaxFilms.
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* CrossesTheLineTwice: A day in the life of two blue-collar workers wouldn't be complete without some particularly blue jokes.
** Dante telling Veronica that he's willing to have sex with a vegetable (as in a paraplegic person) because "[[BlackComedyRape they put up the least amount of struggle]]."
** A real-life video store clerk reading off a list of [[RefugeInAudacity increasingly vulgar porno titles in front of a mother and child]]? Worthy of termination. Randal doing this while seeming to forget that the mother and child are there? Funny. The list [[OverlyLongGag just]] ''[[OverlyLongGag going on and on and on??]]'' Hysterical!
** As [[spoiler:the old man]] who died jerking off in the bathroom is carried out by the coroners, his massive RagingStiffie is still clearly visible under the white sheet covering him.
** To a certain extent, Caitlin accidentally having sex with [[spoiler:the old man's corpse]]: while the act itself is treated seriously, the audacity of Dante's serially unfaithful girlfriend trying, for once, to be faithful and still ending up having sex with someone else, that someone else being a [[spoiler:grim]] BrickJoke, is too insane not to be funny.
*** Dante freaking out over the possibility that someone in the bathroom raped his girlfriend? Not funny in the slightest. Randal's reply, "I thought [[ExactWords she said]] ''[[ExactWords she]]'' [[ExactWords did all the work]]"? Wrong, but funny.
* 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]].
** Catlyn is last seen being taken away in an ambulance. Her actress, Lisa Spoonauer, was the first cast member to die. Not only that, but the coroner informs Dante that Catlyn will need years of therapy after [[spoiler:fucking a dead guy]]. Spoonauer spent the rest of her life after the movie getting chemotherapy for a chronic illness (by the time she died, all the chemo had caused her organs to fuse together).
* HarsherInHindsight: During their confrontation in the video store, Caitlin tells Dante that she wants to focus on her career, rather than simply go right from college into an early marriage and (presumably) motherhood. Lisa Spoonauer, her actress, gave up on a career after discovering she had a chronic illness to become a full-time mother until her death.
* 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.
* ItWasHisSled: Silent Bob speaks.
* JerkassWoobie
** Dante clearly has a lot issues, some in his control, some not, but it's hard to sympathize with him when he takes so little initiative to do anything about it outside of just bitching.
** Caitlin's ultimate fate can be seen as a [[DisproportionateRetribution very extreme retribution]] for her infidelity: as callous as she was with Dante's emotions, she didn't deserve to [[spoiler:be traumatized for life from accidentally fucking a corpse]].
* {{Narm}}: The actors are all either local talent or friends who just happened to be around. As a result, a lot of the acting isn't very good. Then again...
* NarmCharm: You can forgive a lot of the film's flaws, maybe even find them endearing, when you remember that it was made on a $30,000 budget.
* 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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