YMMV / Clerks II

  • Awesome Music: Talking Heads' "Nothing But Flowers" scoring the opening scene. Kevin Smith said that this was one early idea for the film that he insisted on keeping no matter what.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The dance scene that turns into a full musical number. The dancers include an emo girl, a cheerleader, a girl in full Indian garb, a football player, a bus driver, a woman wearing a barbeque apron, and a nun.
    • Though it did lead to The Reveal that was constantly spoken of later on. Dante reveals his love for Becky and in return Becky reveals she is pregnant.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Randal's "porch monkey" rant crosses the line way more than twice! And then Elias casually asking "Did Randal just call Mister Dante a nigger?" crosses it about a hundred more times.
    • Kevin Smith once said that the only reason Judd Apatow's films are more marketable than his is because Apatow would draw the line at a donkey show. Smith, on the other hand...
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Grandma, what was it liiiiiike? and the aforementioned musical number.
  • Ear Worm: "Naughty Girls Need Love Too", the song that plays during the donkey show.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "You never go ass-to-mouth!" Even more since Smith would still later describe his own film Tusk as "a cuddly version" of that one.
    • Randal's "a lot of walking" complaint in regards to The Lord of The Rings trilogy happens to be the general complaint in regards to The Hobbit films, which happens to be more critically divided when compared to the previous films.
  • Ho Yay: Randal and Dante.
    Randal: (to Dante) You're my best friend, and I love you. In a totally heterosexual way.
    Jay: (to Silent Bob) Yeah, right.
    • Not to mention the fact that their every argument sounds like a lover's tiff.
    • Jay demands that Dante and Randal engage in oral sex (and then engage in ass-to-mouth) before he'll give them the money. Bob gives him a funny look and he takes it back. In a cut scene, Bob follows up by telling Jay that he's "just a gay man in deep denial."
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Some people will agree that Randal was totally right about Return of the King having way too many endings, and the "very fucking gay look" that Sam gave Frodo near the end.
  • Jerkass Woobie
    • Emma is a controlling shrew, but she still didn't deserve to walk in on Dante kissing Becky.
    • Randal at the end, when he reveals how much he has been dreading Dante moving away.
  • Memetic Mutation: PORCH MONKEY 4 LIFE.
    • It's cool. We're taking it back.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Guess how many people actually get that Randal is supposed to be 'wrong' in the Porch Monkey scene? Not very many.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Hey kids, its Jason Lee/Ben Affleck/Ethan Suplee/Earthquake/Wanda Sykes/Kevin's Mom!
  • Tear Jerker: The entire second-to-last scene where Dante and Randal volley accusations at one another, but especially Randal's Did You Think I Can't Feel? speech and eventual Platonic Declaration of Love. The whole time, he sounds like he's fighting back tears as he slowly lets his guard down.
  • Win Back the Crowd: After the slightly divisive Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and the generally unpopular Jersey Girl, the film was widely seen as a return to form for Kevin Smith. In retrospect however, it's generally viewed as a brief respite before Smith's Hollywood career completely crumbled and he's since taken to doing films that are nothing like his older ones.