The 2006 sequel to the classic independent comedy film Clerks, and for now, the final film in the View Askewniverse.Ten years after the events in Clerks, Dante opens up the shutters on the Quick Stop windows to find that's the store's on fire (thanks to Randal leaving the coffee pot on). Cut to about a year later: Dante and Randal are working at the local Mooby's franchise, and Dante is working his last day since he's getting ready to be married. Of course, things never quite go according to plan in the View Askewniverse...
Jay's gone through rehab and no longer does drugs (despite still dealing them); Jason Mewes also went to rehab prior to filming this movie (allegedly, Kevin Smith would not allow him to be in the movie unless he cleaned himself up). Unlike Jay, however, Mewes has not become a Christian, or at least not a devout one; this change in Jay's character is more than likely inspired by the events of Dogma.
Emma's hatred of New Jersey is apparently inspired by Jennifer Schwalbach Smith's own distaste for the state.
Randal's comment that after Dante leaves Elias will be his new best friend is a nod to Jeff Anderson's film Now You Know where he and Trevor Fehrman played best friends.
Actor-Shared Background: Jay's story of how he and Silent Bob finally sobered up parallels that of Jay's actor Jason Mewes, including being arrested for driving around with a deployed airbag.
Aesop Amnesia: Of a sort, Jay and Silent Bob are both now "Born Again" Christians, even though their experiences in Dogma would mean they were enlightened to the idea that none of the religious texts are accurate.
All There in the Manual: Where's the Beef, a comic chronicling the year in between the Quick Stop burning and Dante and Randal's arrival at Mooby's.
Angry Black Woman: Wanda Sykes character unloads on Randal when he says "porch monkey" and a host of other racial slurs openly in front of her. Meanwhile, her husband (played by comedian Earthquake) doesn't really give a damn and just wants the food.
Bookends: For the film alone, as well as the entire View Askewniverse. The film starts out in black and white, just like Clerks, then ends with black and white. Clerks was the first View Askew film, this one was the last (for now).
Burger Fool: What Dante and Randal have been reduced to after the Quick-Stop burned down. Made all the more tragic since they're in their early 30s and have still been working in bottom of the barrel jobs for the last decade.
Character Development: From Clerks; Dante is less inclined to blame other people for his own passiveness and less inclined to bitch about whatever life hands him. The problem is that he's embraced his passiveness, resulting in him having convinced himself that the things life hands him will make him happier than they in all likeliness actually will.
Cluster F-Bomb: Practically the entire cast says it at least once, but Randal and Dante are probably the worst offenders this time around.
Color Wash: Kevin Smith had asked director of photographer Dave Klein to have the colors in the film desaturated, to give an effect similar to the original film's black & white. The only scene without it is the dancing scene.
During Randal's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Dante, Dante interjects: "And what should I do if I was half the master of my own destiny the great Randal Graves is?" Randal calls himself a "master of his own destiny" in Clerks after winning the "title-dictates-behavior" argument.
Dante helps Becky with her nail polish in the back of the store, just like he did with Veronica.
And, moreover, Jeff Anderson (Randal) flubbed the line "what smells like nail polish?" on the first take. Instead, he said "What smells like shoe polish?" The line got changed to "Why does it smell so funny in here?" as a result.
Randal puts an "I EAT COCK" sign on Elias's employee-of-the-month photo that looks exactly like the one Jay puts on the door of the Quick Stop and gets Randal to stand near in Clerks.
Randal's "Rangle" walk pops up again during the dance number.
The first movie is outright mentioned during the jail scene, specifically Julie Dwyer's funeral and the "shit or get off the pot" dialogue. Randal also makes reference to how Dante always seems to have two hot girls fighting over him when Dante tells him Becky's pregnant.
Dante and Becky dancing on the roof is a nod to the rooftop hockey game.
In a nod to a more recent part of continuity, Jay's shirt reads "Justice TLF" in one scene.
They were the last shots filmed. Kevin Smith has said that if he'd known the black and white could look as good as it did he probably would have shot the entire film that way.
Variant: As mentioned in the commentary, the entire film was desaturated after filming, because the colors were far too bright and cheery. The dance scene where everything is brighter? That's how everything actually looked!
Diegetic Switch: The song played at the end of the movie - "Misery" by Soul Asylum - was actually played from a stereo from off camera (so the actors could hear it) and only switches to non-diagetic once the credits kick in.
Dismotivation: Played pretty much straight with Dante until the end of the film, where he and Randal decide to buy the Quick Stop and reopen it themselves.
Dumbass Has a Point: Eternal slacker Randal puts forward the notion that for all the crap they went through working there, both he and Dante were happiest when they were working at the Quick Stop.
Even Evil Has Standards: Though Randal picks on Elias a lot, he laments that when Dante leaves Jersey he Elias is gonna be his new best friend. Although it seemed plenty obvious that Randall would make fun of him for this, he is genuinely horrified after he finds out that Elias is gullible enough to believe the Pillow Pants story.
Apparently Randal shows disgust upon finding out that not only is "The Sexy Stud" the guy who is going to have sex with the donkey, but the donkey is "Kinky Kelly" and "is a dude" Even Jay questions, "What kinda sick fuck gets turned on watching a guy fuck a donkey?"
Funny Background Event: Dante and Randal having a conversation while Jay is bouncing his bare ass against the window, while Bob is making funny faces, switching to Jay pretending to be using a speed bag.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: Dante and Randal, and of course Jay and Silent Bob. Also deconstructed in the jail scene where Randal spells out what this kind of friendship actually means.
Randall: I honestly don't know if I can make it in this world without you.
High School Rejects: Lance Dowd implies that this is what Dante and Randal are, while Jay and Silent Bob are pure examples.
Historical Character Confusion: Randall compares a guy in a wheelchair to Anne Frank, "The chick that was all duhhh, till the miracle worker showed up and knocked some smarts into her". Dante tries to correct him by saying that was Helen Keller and that Anne Frank hid from the Nazis and had a diary. Randall then says he was right all along because the wheelchair guy had a blog.
Insane Troll Logic: When Randal gets called out for his use of the phrase, "porch monkey," he makes it his mission to reclaim the term. Dante tells him even if the word could be reclaimed, Randal wouldn't be the one to do it since he's white. Randal then accuses Dante of being a racist since he's telling Randal he can't do something due to the color of his skin.
Internal Homage: Randal dragging Elias into Mooby's from off-screen the second he walks in the door, just as Dante does to Randal at the end of Clerks to start their fight scene.
The shot of Becky changing the light bulb over the rebuilt Quick Stop counter is set up just like the shot of Dante doing the same when the horny old man asks to use the restroom in Clerks, as part of the last five minute's Hurricane of Continuity Nods.
Infodump: Becky and Dante's conversation while he's painting her nails.
Nerds Are Virgins: Elias, although according to him it's because he's afraid of Pillow Pants. It's interesting to note that Randal is not less nerdy than Elias; Elias is simply more awkward about it, and yet he has a girlfriend while Randal doesn't. Dante is as nerdy as both of them and is definitely not a virgin. Make of that what you will.
While there's likely no actual distinctions, some sources tend to characterize a difference between "nerd" and "geek" as an issue of social ineptitude, as in geeks are just as obsessed with comic books/sci-fi/video games, etc. but can also be otherwise 'cool' people. In that sense, Randal and Dante are geeks without being nerds.
Oh Crap: Dante's discovery of the Quick Stop being on fire at the beginning of the film.
Dante has another one when Emma catches him snogging Becky during the donkey show.
Only Friend: Dante to Randal, which is why Randal is so rattled by the thought of Dante leaving.
Randal: You think I wanna start making friends at my age? Christ, who would want me as their friend? I hate everyone, and everything seems stupid to me, but you were always the counter-balance to that. The guy who was the yin to my yang. Now what the fuck am I gonna do for the rest of my life?
Smug Snake: Lance Dowds, although being reminded of his "Picklefucker" past takes some of his edge off.
Splash of Color: The flames inside the Quick Stop at the beginning of the film.
Stealth Pun: The beginning depicts what might be described as "Dante's inferno."
Made less stealthy by the chapter titles on the DVD, which are all named for literary classics. Guess what the first scene is called.
Strangely Arousing: Upon witnessing the Donkey Show, Becky exclaims, "I'm disgusted and repulsed and... and I can't look away."
Stunned Silence: Randall, series snarker, who has a smart ass retort for almost anything, is simply rendered near speechless by the "Pillowpants" discussion.
Take That: The film features a 3-minute debate on The Lord of the Rings, with Randal calling the movies boring and saying in jest that there should've been a Hobbit sex scene. He mocks the movie so much that he causes a LotR fan (who is a customer at the restaurant) to vomit in disgust.