YMMV / Clerks II

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Becky eventually telling Dante that she loves him despite earlier claiming that she doesn't believe in romantic love. Did she just need defrosting to come to terms with her own romantic feelings, or is she aromanticnote  and Dante was just her exception in the same way many people think Holden was Alyssa's?
  • 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. The only bearing on the plot that it has is that the scene ends with Dante revealing his love for Becky and in return Becky revealing that she's pregnant.
  • Crosses the Line Twice
    • Randal taking childlike glee bullying a paraplegic guy on the internet is somehow made moot by his love of calling him "crippy boy."
    • 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.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Now, thanks to Technology Marches On. The movie ends with Randal reopening RST Video in 2006, when Netflix is busy killing the video rental industry and shortly before online streaming finished it off. One hopes Randal is able to adapt to the times (and the movie is in large part about how Randal cannot), or the citizens of Leonardo are old fashioned.note 
  • 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."
    • There’s also Silent Bob mouthing “Sit down, girl! I think I love ya!” to Jay, the twirling him in his arms during the “ABC” segment.
  • 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 her fiance kissing another woman.
    • 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! (APPLAUSE)
  • 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.
  • Values Dissonance: While most of the more politically incorrect jokes hold up, 2006 may have been the last time a movie could've made a joke like Randal and Emma's exchange about how she "doesn't register as a chick." Even though Emma is cisgender, Randal calling her a dude for having an oversized clitoris and her flashing her boobs to silence him comes off as mildly transphobic (or at least trans-exclusionary) 10+ years later.
    • All he said was that the oversized clit creeps him out a bit. She doesn't count as a woman for him because she's his best friend's girl.
  • 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.