Film / Clerks

"That guy'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."
Randal Graves

The ultimate low-budget success story that created the behemoth that is Kevin Smith (both figuratively and literally speaking).

Filmed in 1993, but not theatrically released until 1994, it cost $27,000 to make, roughly the same price as a new car at the time. The film's final cost was $230,000 after the rights to the film's grunge and punk oriented soundtrack is added in, making it one of the few films in history where the rights to the soundtrack actually cost more than the film.

Clerks was shot in the scenic QuickStop convenience store where Smith worked at the time and featured a cast made up of Smith's friends (such as Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes and Scott Mosier) and family (in various small roles), Smith himself, and a few local actors (such as Brian O'Halloran, who plays the lead role of Dante Hicks.) When released, the film made its budget back several times over. Its success enabled Smith to make several more films with some of the same characters and settings.

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 Roger Ebert and Leonard Maltin. The film's success helped jump start the modern independent film industry (which actually began with Jim Jarmmusch's Stranger than Paradise, 1984 and Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It, 1986, but was given a big kick by sex, lies, and videotape and Slacker, the latter of which Smith claimed was his direct inspiration for this film) and turned Miramax into a major distributor for said independent films, rivaled only by Polygram Filmed Entertainment and Fox Searchlight.

The film is about a day in the life of a pair of friends, Dante Hicks and Randal Graves, working at Quick Stop and RST Video, respectively. Another group of friends, Jay and Silent Bob, deal drugs and hang out around Quick Stop. Dante is forced to come to work, although he wasn't supposed to be there that day (as he will constantly remind you.)

Some time later, Randal shows up for work. He spends most of his day at the Quick Stop rather than working, though. Dante's girlfriend, Veronica, comes over to talk to him. There he finds out that she has... had quite a lot of fun. It's yet another thing Dante obsesses over.

Later on, Dante closes up shop, because he had a hockey game to play that day. They play on the roof, but after an annoyed customer comes up, joins the game, and loses the puck, they have to stop and get back to work. They also go to a funeral, meet up with Dante's ex-girlfriend, who goes through some trauma, and get in a fight. In the end, they stop arguing and close up for the day.

The first part of The View Askewniverse (though Mallrats, which came out later, depicts the events of 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 Animated Adaptation, Clerks: The Animated Series, several comics and in 2006, a true sequel in the film, Clerks II.

This movie provides examples of:

  • Absurdly High-Stakes Game: The film itself. Kevin Smith financed the movie by hocking valuable comic books and buying supplies on his credit card. Had the movie flopped or not been picked up by a major studio, he'd have been left with tens of thousands in high-interest debt with no real job prospects.
  • Addiction Displacement: Subverted — it's being encouraged as a stealth marketing stunt for a gum company.
  • Alter Kocker: The old man who comes into Quick Stop to use the bathroom, dies while masturbating and 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.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: The Quick Stop is still open today. The RST Video next to it, however, is shuttered (however, all the tapes and other signage can be seen inside the abandoned shop, collecting dust.) Fans of Kevin Smith see it almost as a pilgrimage to visit it.
  • Anything That Moves: "I'll Fuck Anything That MOOOOOVES!" We know, Jay, thank you.
    • Also Dante's discussion with Veronica about their respective past relationships wherein he admits to sleeping with 12 women. Veronica berates him for sleeping with anybody who pays him any attention. Dante doesn't deny it.
      Veronica: You men make me feel sick. You'll sleep with anything that says yes.
      Dante: Animal, mineral or vegetable.
      Veronica: Vegetable, meaning paraplegic.
      Dante: They put up the least amount of struggle.
  • Arc Number: 37 gets bandied around rather a lot. It's the number of dicks Dante's girlfriend Veronica has sucked, including Dante (though not in a row)
  • Artistic License Film Production: Randal comes into the convenience store telling Dante he just had a revelation watching Return of the Jedi, however none of the sound effects are from it.
  • As Himself: Zig-Zagged with Jay. Kevin Smith wrote the part for Jason Mewes because he wanted the rest of the world to see how naturally funny Mewes is. Everything Jay does is based on things Mewes would do to amuse himself, which is why Smith had to more or less teach Mewes how to do it in a way that'd be entertaining for other people.
  • Author Avatar: Kevin Smith specifically wrote the part of Randal for himself ("Which is why he has all the best lines!") but found himself unable to handle such a big part in addition to directorial duties — which is why Jeff Anderson was brought in.
  • Baguette Beatdown: During the fight scene.
  • Bed Trick: Two unintentional examples:
    • Dante mentions that Caitlin once had sex with him believing him to be someone else, unbeknownst to Dante, which foreshadows...
    • Caitlin has sex with someone she believes to be Dante in the Quick Stop bathroom. It is, in fact, a dead body.
  • Betty and Veronica: Veronica is, ironically, the Betty. Caitlin is more of a Veronica.
  • Black Comedy: The whole film qualifies, but especially the ending, which features Caitlin accidentally having sex with a dead guy and having a mental breakdown over it.
  • Bland-Name Product: Zigzagged. Some brands have been covered up, like "Dave's Fruit Pies" instead of Hostess. And sometimes real brands are used, like Gatorade. During the conversation about the egg guy, the female customer briefly mentions "Food City", presumably the in-universe equivalent to real NYC-area grocery co-op chain Foodtown (which had a lot more stores then compared to now- an accounting scandal closed one franchise, and another franchise eventually became part of Stop and Shop).
  • Blatant Lies: When Dante claims he was working "all day." Of course this backfires horribly.
    • Jay's denial about dealing drugs in front of the store
      Dante: How many times have I told you not to be dealing in front of the store?
      Jay: I'm not dealin', man. What you talkin' about?
      Burner: Hey, you got anything, man?
      Jay: Yeah, what you want?
  • Brick Joke: Randal mentions that he once had a cousin who died attempting auto-fellatio. (Which is later confirmed by the coroner attending Caitlin's situation.)
    • Dante tells Randal a story about how Caitlin had sex with him in a darkened room thinking he was someone else. Caitlin would later have sex in the darkened bathroom with a dead man thinking it is Dante, who was also a brick joke, having gone back there in the first half of the movie.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Randal. Cunning, manipulative, acid-tongued, and very obviously whip-smart, yet content (in a discontented way) with his lot in life as a store clerk (and he doesn't even take that seriously.)
    • Dante too, according to Veronica; she thinks he's got a lot of potential that's going to waste in the Quick Stop and makes an attempt to push Dante into considering re-enrolling in higher education.
  • Butt-Monkey: Dante, although it's largely his own fault.
  • Can't You Read the Sign?: Many of the two stores' customers.
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • "I'm not even supposed to be here today!"
    • "I'll fuck anything that moooooves!"
    • "Noise, noise, noise, smokin' weed, smokin' weed..."
    • "Bunch of savages in this town."
    • "37?"
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The elderly, bathroom-using customer (see below.)
  • Cluster F-Bomb: If the heading quote wasn't a warning, this is.
    • So much so that the MPAA was originally going to rate the movie NC-17 solely for the language and sex and drug references.
  • Clutching Hand Trap: The idiot customer with the Pringles can. Dante subtly points this out by pouring the remaining Pringles into his hand while telling the customer that "sometimes you just need to let those hard-to-reach chips go."
  • Concept Video: The video for Soul Asylum's "Can't Even Tell" was directed by Kevin Smith, and includes all the characters from the film playing roof hockey with the band while Jay lip synchs the song by singing into a hockey stick.
    • It's notable that the while the movie is in Black and White the Video is in color.
  • Country Matters: One of the porno movies Randal orders is Girls Who Crave Cunt
  • Covers Always Lie: By the look of the poster, you would think that Veronica, Caitlin and Silent Bob also are clerks.
  • Cult Soundtrack: After the film was bought by Miramax, the studio added a very contemporary grunge/punk soundtrack. It was the first time in history that a film's soundtrack cost more than the entire production of the film (film: $27,000.00 Music: $30,000.00.)
  • Damned by a Fool's Praise / Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: "Ooh, Navy SEALS!"
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Not for any artistic reasons, though. It was shot in mono simply because the cameras and film stock were cheaper.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Dante breaks up with Veronica midway and never rekindles his romance with Caitlin due to the restroom incident.
  • Dirty Old Man: The customer who asks to borrow porno mags while using the bathroom and dies in there.
  • Dismotivation: Dante.
  • Downer Ending: In the original cut, an armed robber enters the store right after closing, shoots Dante dead and empties the cash register. The protests of the film's agent John Pierson, as well as those of damn near everyone else involved (most prominently supporter Bob Hawk and star Brian O'Halloran), led to Smith cutting the ending short, and he professes to liking the final version better.
    • Bittersweet Ending: The cut ending is obviously less downbeat as no main characters die. Dante has pretty much completely fucked up his love life, that he's learned pretty much nothing from the day's events and that both he and Randall look like they'll be stuck doing their respective jobs until the day they die, but at least they've patched up their friendship.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Jay and Silent Bob makes a good point about Veronica being a good girlfriend.
    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.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the music video "Can't Even Tell," there's a little boy with a ball (just like the View Askew bumper) wearing a helmet.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Three guesses as to what this movie's about.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The movie opens with Dante getting woken up by a phone call from his boss telling him to come in on his day off, then follows him all the way to closing time at 9 PM, approximately 12 hours later.
  • Failed a Spot Check: In the Quick Stop, a customer asks the camera how much something is. The camera then pulls back to show a display for what she's got, covered in signage advertising everything on that shelf was 99 cents. A similar joke was used moments before in RST, with the same customer asking where the new movies are.
  • Fauxshadow: The film originally ended with Dante getting shot by a robber and bleeding to death behind the counter, and there are several orphaned references throughout the movie as a result.
    • Dante bemoaning how he's "not even supposed to be here today."
    • The discussion of how life is just a series of downer endings.
    • Dante's claim that The Empire Strikes Back is the superior Star Wars film because "it ends on such a down note".
    • The observation that all the prices end in nines. Guess what time Dante's shift ends?
    • Even Randall's line referring to people putting gum in the locks, "Bunch of savages in this town" has an ironic ring in light of the ending.
  • First World Problems: Discussed and deconstructed. Dante acts as though his problems are out of his control, when really they're fairly normal obstacles that he could deal with if, as Randal puts it, he would just "shit or get off the pot."
  • Foil: Two-person example. The Jay/Silent Bob duo is a Foil for the Dante/Randal one. Both of them are pairs of Vitriolic Best Buds, with a cocky, fair-haired Red Oni and a more cool-headed, dark-haired Blue Oni with a goatee. The difference is that (as Randal points out at the end) Jay and Silent Bob actually choose their bottom-rung jobs and freely embrace their status as hopeless lowlives, while Dante and Randal are still riddled with angst about theirs.
  • Foreshadowing
    • Early in the film, Dante mentions that while they were going out, Caitlin cheated on him "eight and a half" times: at a party, Dante had passed out on a bed in a bedroom with the lights off and Caitlin had sex with him shortly afterwards under the impression he was someone else. At the end of the film Caitlin has sex with someone she believes to be Dante in a bathroom with the lights off.
    • Dante also jokes that he's willing to fuck a vegetable because "they put up the least amount of struggle." What does Caitlin say when she thinks she and Dante had sex in the bathroom? "He let me do all the work."
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Dante is melancholic, Randal is sanguine, Jay is choleric, and Silent Bob is phlegmatic.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Averted. That weed wasn't a prop.
  • Godwin's Law: The gum marketer compares shop-clerks who sell cigarettes to Nazis.
  • Gilligan Cut: "Nobody's there, 4 o'clock on a Saturday. How many people ever come to the store at 4 on a Saturday?" Cut to an angry mob trying to get in the store.
    • And immediately before, when Dante stated he would not close the store again.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Jay.
    • Completely averted with Randal, who has no problem watching hermaphroditic porn.
    "Beautiful chicks with dicks that put mine to shame."
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Jay and Silent Bob. Also Dante and Randal. Which leads to a fair amount of Ho Yay. (See YMMV tab.)
  • Higher Education Is for Women: Dante dropped out of college to work in an awful job; his girlfriend Veronica stays in college and tries to persuade him to return.
  • Hypocritical Humor: After the gum representative stirring up the angry mob against Dante for selling cigarettes (so he can actually sell the gum) has gone and the mob dispersed, one of the members of the mob sheepishly buys a pack of cigarettes from Dante afterwards. Dante is less than impressed.
    • Lampshaded that they point out that Randal hates people but loves social gatherings. Also he plans to rent a movie at a video store despite working at RST Video, justified that Randal claims "I work in a shitty video store!"
    • Jay is asked if Silent Bob's Russian cousin Olaf only speaks Russian — he responds "Naw, he speaks some English, but he cannot speak it good like we do."
  • Ignored Epiphany: Despite Silent Bob's words of wisdom leading Dante to realize that he loves Veronica instead of Caitlin and Randal's "The Reason You Suck" Speech berating him for "pining for one and fuck[ing] the other," Dante ends the film planning to both attempt to patch things up with Veronica and visit Caitlin in the hospital. The implication is that he hasn't really changed.
  • I Love the Dead: An unintentional example.
  • Insistent Terminology. "Asian design major".
    • Also, unlike real life, no one buying cigarettes asks for a specific brand or type. They just say "cigarettes".
  • Jerkass: Randal, so much.
    • Also, to some, Dante. At least when it comes to the women he dates and to blaming all his problems on other people.
    • Rick Derris, who tells Dante to his face that he used to fuck Caitlin while she was still dating Dante.
    • Most of the customers are incredible jerkasses.
    Randal: This job would be great if it wasn't for the fucking customers.
    • The jerk-off customer, whose keys was thrown away by Dante.
    "Fucking kids."
    • Dante and Randal's boss (who was never named in the final cut, but a trimmed portion of the phone call has him named as Mr. Schneider). Turns out, he isn't coming in later, he instead ran off to Vermont for 4 days.
    • The Gum Representative who incites the crowd of smokers to pelt Dante with cigarettes, so he can trick them to buy Gum.
    • The lawyer near the end; you can tell he's hardly containing his glee when he issues out that summons.
    • Basically, just about everyone is a Jerkass to one extent or another. A World of Jerkass, if you will.
      • Mostly towards Dante and Randall who they think don't seem to be taking their assumingly simple jobs seriously.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Randal may be an asshole but he makes some good points.
    • Sanford, one of Dante and Randal's friends.
    Sanford: Responsibility? What responsibility? You're closing the fucking store to play hockey!
  • Just Following Orders: The gum salesman at the beginning of the film accuses Dante of this, immediately before comparing him to a Nazi. note 
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Randall. He may show his heart of gold more in Clerks II but even in this film he shows he does still care deeply about his best friend, Dante.
  • Karma Houdini: Randal sells cigarettes to a little girl and Dante ends up getting saddled with the fine. And unlike everything else in the film, he doesn't even get properly called out on it.
    • The robber in the alternate ending who shoots and kills Dante. Because Randal disabled the security cameras prior to the Hockey game on the roof, the cameras would never catch the robbery on film. Also after the credits of that ending Kevin Smith (as himself, not Silent Bob) steals some cigarettes and runs off after noticing Dante was murdered.
  • Kissing Cousins: Jay mentions he'd be willing to knock boots with a girl who just happens to be his cousin.
  • Loads and Loads of Roles: Several actors perform multiple small roles, because Smith didn't have the money to hire more actors.
  • Leave the Camera Running: Many scenes, particularly the one in which we are introduced to Chekhov's Gunman. This was done primarily due to lack of physical space — the Quick Stop is a tiny, tiny building — and budget and lighting constraints.
    • When Jason Mewes performed his dance to "Violent Mood Swings," he was so overcome with stage fright that he asked that the crew all leave while he and Kevin Smith did the scene. They all hid in the video store and watched to make sure nobody stole the camera.
  • Love Martyr: According to a throwaway line from Veronica's furious breakup speech to him, all of Dante's Wangst is just his refusal to get over Caitlin, a girl who was frequently unfaithful to him and dumped him in high school.
  • Lucky Charms Title: The original title of the movie is 'Clerks.'' (with a period at the end.)
  • Meaningful Name: Dante.
  • Mood-Swinger: The jolly guy who reads the tabloids gets extremely pissed when Randal spits his drink at him to shut up, though this is an entirely justified response.
  • My Girl Is Not a Slut: "37!!"
    • "In a row?"
  • Mythology Gag: The first use of "37," later a recurring number throughout Smith's movies.
    • In a row?
  • Never My Fault: Dante is quick to blame all of his life's problems on everyone else without considering if or how he can improve them. He tells Randal that he's "not the kind of person who disrupts things so he can shit comfortably." This end up being the first thing Randal blasts him for when he can't take any more of Dante's self-pity.
  • Noodle Incident: Julie Dwyer's wake, at least originally.
  • No Sympathy: When Dante shouts that his girlfriend sucked 37 dicks, a customer then asks: "In a row?"
  • Not in Front of the Kid: Averted big time in the "Happy Scrappy" scene. A mother with a pre-school-age daughter asks Randal if they could special-order "Happy Scrappy, Hero Pup." Randal then gets on the phone to the supplier and proceeds to rattle off a huge list of increasingly vulgarity-laced porno movie titles. In the script, but not in the film, the little girl ends up blurting out one of the more caustic words.
    • Jeff Anderson refused to read it in front of the little girl in real life. A crew member did it off set to get the reaction shots.
  • Parrot Exposition: Randal will say something odd, Dante will repeat it, Randal will elaborate.
  • Phrase-Catcher: Dante gets variants of "Why do you smell of shoe polish?" on a fairly regular basis during the film.
  • Product Placement: It's subtle, but Randal wears an AT&T shirt under his flannel (Jeff Anderson was working for them at the time).
  • Pulled from Your Day Off: The entire film is the story of a day in the life of Dante, a convenience store clerk. It opens with him being called into work on his day off, and the rest of the film is a chronicle of Dante's misadventures during the day.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Kevin Smith actually worked at the convenience store depicted, and had to film his movie at night when it was closed, necessitating the whole "Gum in the window shutter locks" subplot to explain why they were down the entire time.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The second-to-last scene has Dante and Randal exchanging these. Dante blasts Randal for his irresponsibility and (supposedly) getting him into trouble with his antics. Then, when he can't take any more of Dante's Wangsting, Randal fires back with a epic one about how much of an asshole he is for being even more irresponsible and then blaming the consequences on everyone else, eventually concluding that the two of them are idiots regardless because they look down on their customers from their high-and-mighty positions as store clerks.
  • Running Gag: "What smells like shoe polish?"
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: Sums up 85-90% of the movie.
  • Shout-Out
  • Slice of Life
  • The Silent Bob: Trope Namer.
  • Silly Walk: The wrangle, better known to fans as "The Randal Strut."
    • The walk and Dante's line accompanying it at the end of the film was taken from Wrangler Jeans commercials and — even with all of the merchandise in the background of the store — was the only part of the film that needed to be edited to avoid legal issues. (Dante's line, referring to the walk as the "Wrangle," had to be ADRed in post.) Miramax got the company's permission to leave the line uncut on the "First Cut" disc of the Clerks X DVD release.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Actually, it's the poster. Jay doesn't appear because Miramax executives thought Jason Mewes was too "weird looking."
    • The explanation Smith gives in one of the Evening with Kevin Smith DVDs says that the cameraman was simply too impatient to wait for Mewes to show up, and didn't really care that Silent Bob wasn't really Silent Bob without the baseball cap.
  • The Slacker: Jay and Silent Bob and Randal. Especially Randal.
    • Dante pretends to be different, but nobody's fooled — he's at work of his own free will, even if he pretends otherwise.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Perhaps leaning more towards the cynical end due to the characters interactions on aspects of their life being young 20 something year olds.
  • Soul-Sucking Retail Job: A convenience store-sized version, but nonetheless one of the best on-screen examples of miserable retail work.
  • Speech-Centric Work: Setting the trend for many of Smith's later efforts, the film is light on plot, heavy on dialogue.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Randal's name is correctly spelled with one L, not two, but many fans still add the extra letter.
  • Stealth Pun: Several of the customers' purchases. The woman who manually masturbates caged animals is buying jerky.
    • The customer offended by Randal talking about jizz moppers is buying window cleaner and paper towels.
    • Arguably the Chewley's gum rep too, as he is buying "coffee".
  • The Stoner: Jay and Silent Bob. Snowball's easy-going attitude puts them both to shame, though.
  • Stupid Statement Dance Mix: You'd be hard pressed to dance to it though.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Dante and Randal feel this way about the customers. Randal likes to rip in on the occasional customers. But not Dante, he doesn't want to get into any trouble.
  • Those Two Guys: Jay and Silent Bob.
  • Tsundere: Caitlin Bree towards Dante.
  • The Unfair Sex: Veronica slaps Dante and calls him for a pig for having sex with 12 women, while she's only ever slept with 3 guys. Dante however is wrong to be angry to learn of the 36 other guys she performed oral sex on and failed to mention. Granted, Dante's reaction is overblown and he quickly crosses the line, but given that she gave a rather vivid description of what "snowballing" is, you can see why he's so furious.
    • In a row?
    • Dante leaves the higher ground pretty swiftly when he explains that it's a different question how many sex partners Veronica has had compared to how many sex partners he has had because in Veronica's case this is important.
  • Truth in Television: Ask anyone who's ever worked retail and they'll tell you that this film is a very accurate representation.
  • Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: Dante and Veronica halting their argument about how many dicks she's sucked mid-scream as Dante attends to a customer.
  • Unsatisfiable Customer: "No ice? You mean I gotta drink this coffee hot?"
    • Doubles as Society Marches On: Iced coffee has become more popular since the film was released thanks to Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: He makes a lot of questionable decisions throughout the movie and Randal's repeated "The Reason You Suck" Speeches seem to indicate we're supposed to feel Dante is responsible in some way for basically all the bad things that happen to him.
    • Also works if you consider Randal a protagonist.
  • Writer on Board: Kevin Smith wrote the scene of the Chewley's Gum representative turning everyone in the store against Dante when he, himself, was strongly against smoking. Ironically, smoking all those cigarettes while playing Silent Bob turned him into a chain smoker.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Caitlin cheated on Dante 8 1/2 times in 5 years — the "half" was because she thought he was someone else in a dark room. She doesn't seem to have changed her tune by the end of the movie.

Clerks - The Lost Scene

An Animated Adaptation of a scene cut from the scrip before shooting began for budget reasons, explaining why Dante and Randal are chased out of the funeral parlor when they attend Julie Dwyer's wake. Animated in the style of Clerks: The Animated Series, it features Brian O'Halloran and Jeff Anderson reprising their roles and Joey Lauren Adams in a cameo as her character Alyssa from Chasing Amy.

Included in the tenth anniversary boxed set of Clerks.

This short provides examples of:

  • Acting Unnatural: As he tries to 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.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Dante tells Randal that the last time he saw Julie's parents, they had walked in on him performing cunnilingus on her. As such, he's understandably reluctant to see them at her wake.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Randal, a little more so than in the movie. Just listen to him talk about funeral death cards like they're baseball cards.
  • Continuity Nod: A few subtle ones.
    • Chasing Amy - Dante gripes about 'Caitlin and her secrets,' to which his friend Alyssa replies "Oh Dante, you just have no idea sometimes," alluding to the fact that she had a fling with Caitlin (and was presumably one of the people Caitlin cheated on Dante with).
    • Dogma - The death cards depict Jesus as the Buddy Christ, and the card with "some angels and Jesus" depict Bartleby and Loki with Christ.
    • Mallrats - Willam is seen among the mourners. Alyssa also mentions that Julie's fatal aneurysm was the result of her trying to lose a few extra pounds the day before shooting Truth Or Date, and that it was T.S. who indirectly caused it by mentioning that the camera "adds ten pounds."
  • Epic Fail: Dante tosses Randal the keys when the latter gets bored and asks if he can wait in the car and listen to the radio. By sheer coincidence, the keys ricochet off of Randal's bad catch and fall down Julie's skirt. Lampshaded by Randal, who says he couldn't do that again if he tried.
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous: Invoked. When they get to her casket, Dante and Randal remark that Julie is laid out in a tube top (or a belly blouse, as Randal calls it), presumably at her request. Hilarity Ensues when they drop their keys down her lap.
  • Due to the Dead: Unless you're Randal.
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral"
  • Not What It Looks Like: Dante reaching into Julie's pants to get the Quick Stop/car keys (after Randal accidentally dropped them down Julie's skirt), only for Mr. Dwyer to yank Randal (who was shielding the view of Julie's body) aside and catch him in the act.
  • Oh, Crap!: Dante when the Dwyers see him fishing around for the keys in Julie's lap.
  • Say My Name: Mrs. Dwyer when Julie's body falls out of the coffin after she pushes Randal into it.
    Mrs. Dwyer: AAAAHHHH! JULIE!
  • Theme Tune Cameo: The beginning of the short is scored to a snatch of the theme from Clerks: The Animated Series.
  • Thick-Line Animation: Animated in the style of Clerks: The Animated Series.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: If we're to take this scene in the context of the rest of the movie, Randal, who's otherwise difficult but 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.

Noise, noise, noise, smokin' weed, smokin' weed, doin' coke, drinkin' beers... Pack of wraps, my brotherman, time to kick back, drink some beers and SMOKE SOME WEED!