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The 2006 sequel to the classic independent comedy film Clerks, set in The View Askewniverse.

Ten years after the events in Clerks, Dante opens up the shutters on the Quick Stop windows to find that the store's on fire (thanks to Randal leaving the coffee pot on ...again). Cut to about a year later when Dante and Randal are working at the local Mooby's franchise, and Dante is working his last day since he's getting ready to move and get married. Of course, things never quite go according to plan in the View Askewniverse...

A sequel was in development, but due to Jeff Anderson being reluctant to reprise his role as Randal Graves, Kevin Smith has decided to put the project on hold indefinitely.


This film provides examples of:

  • Adorkable: Elias.
  • 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.
  • Alternate DVD Commentary: Kevin Smith, Scott Mosier and Jeff Anderson recorded a podcast for fans to download to their MP3 players and listen to in the movie theater, complete with Smith telling the listener which scenes to take a bathroom break during. For whatever reason, the idea was scrapped, but the recording appeared on the DVD proper.
  • And Starring: Jason Mewes (as Jay).
  • 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) is too hungry to care and tells her "You can't taste racism!" It bears mentioning that Randal's insult interrupts the couple's equally racist conversation about Mexican immigrants.
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  • Author Appeal: The movie was written and directed by Kevin Smith, one of the most famous Star Wars fans on Earth. In the twelve years since the original Clerks, the Lord of the Rings trilogy has seriously challenged Star Wars' status as the most popular and lucrative cinematic trilogy of all time. Naturally, Randall and Elias get into an argument over which is better.
    Randall: Alright, look: there's only one Return, okay? And it ain't of the King — it's of the Jedi!
  • The Bear: Kinky Kelly's assistant (later revealed to be his partner). Though he's never explicitly mentioned as being gay, he fits the other parts of the trope to a T.
    • Well, that is a male donkey he's fucking. Although when it's another species, perhaps the gender aspect goes out the window.
  • Benevolent Boss: Becky. Although she understandably loses her shit after Randal ignorantly uses the term "porch monkey" several times.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: Dante and Randal discuss the merits of a female version of this trope.
    Dante: You wouldn't wanna be with a girl with an oversized clit?
    Randal: No! 'Cause the next stop is a guy with an undersized dick!
  • Bittersweet Ending: The looks on Dante and Randal's faces at the end make it somewhat ambiguous whether they'll actually be happy with the choice they've made.
  • Boldly Coming: A Discussed Trope during a Seinfeldian Conversation between Jay and Silent Bob.
  • 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).
  • Brand X: Mooby's, of course.
    • And, if you look close at the end of the film, you can see a poster for Nails Cigarettes on the door of the rebuilt Quick Stop.
  • Brick Joke: "Goodbye Horses". Twice.
  • 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 late 30's and have still been working in bottom-of-the-barrel jobs for the last decade.
  • Butt-Monkey: Elias, and to a lesser extent, Dante.
  • The Cameo: Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, Wanda Sykes, Scott Mosier, and even Kevin Smith's young daughter, Harley Quinn Smith.
    • Kevin Michael Richardson, a recurring voice on Clerks: The Animated Series, is the firefighter who gets offended by Randal's "Porch Monkey" shirt.
    • The man in the bathroom during the dance scene is Smith's long-suffering, Canadian, indie-filmmaker friend Malcolm Ingram. Fans of SModcast will recall him as the person who couldn't name the PM of Canada.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: Seconds after Dante tells Randal he got Becky pregnant and makes him promise not to tell anyone, Becky walks outside and Randal nervously blurts out a congratulations to her, which of course pisses her off and makes her zoom out of the parking lot in her car... and end up in front of a women's clinic, thinking about abortion.
  • Casting Gag: Kevin Michael Richardson, who played the announcer and various roles on Clerks: The Animated Series, cameos as the firefighter who gets offended by Randal's "Porch Monkey 4 Life" shirt.
  • 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.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Bluntman and Chronic film from Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, which is the reason Jay and Silent Bob have fifty grand to spend on reopening the Quick Stop and RST Video.
  • 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.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Parodied in one tagline: "With no power comes no responsibility."
  • Continuity Nod:
    • 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.
    • The film overloads on these in the last five minutes.
      • "I assure you, we're re-opened!"
      • "You know what? You're not even supposed to be here today."
      • "Pack o' cigarettes?" and the return of the woolen-cap smoker, courtesy of Walt Flanagan.
      • The "milk maid" is also the same woman (Kevin Smith's mother, to be exact) from Clerks.
      • The songs over the end credits to both films are Soul Asylum songs.
    • Instead of his usual tuque Jay wears a baseball cap like he did in the first movie, though this time its a brimless hat so it looks similar to the tuque.
    • Randal does his little nervous laugh ("Nyeh!") from Clerks: The Animated Series when he tells Becky "Yeah, I've waited on your brother too."
  • Crazy-Prepared: Right after Elias removed the "I eat cock" sign from his picture on the wall and walks away, Randal while following him, slaps a brand new sign (of an ejaculating penis) right on there without missing a beat.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms:
    Elias: I turn down chicks left and right!
    Randal: Your chicks are your left and right!
    • He's later seen actually doing it while watching the donkey show and screaming "I'm sorry, Jesus!"
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The first and last shots of the film except for the flames inside the Quick Stop. See Continuity Nod.
    • 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 to resemble a worn-out video cassette because the colors were far too bright and cheery. The dance scene where everything is brighter? That's how everything actually looked!
  • The Devil: Randal at one points taunts Elias, a devout Christian, by talking about "...the Beast we call the Desolate One! The First of the Fallen, the Spoiler of Virgins, the Master of Abortions! (grabs mike) ''Let me help you out of your chair, Grandma!''"
  • Did You Think I Can't Feel?: What kicks off Dante and Randal's argument in the jail cell. Despite his inherent smarminess, Randal genuinely loves Dante (" a totally heterosexual way.") and is hurt when he finds out that Dante never saw him as anything more than a pest whom he wasted his time with.
  • 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 Elias is gonna be his new best friend. Although it seemed plenty obvious that Randal 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?"
  • Everyone Went to School Together: "Anyone else from our graduating class back there?" This, in fact, seems to be a recurring theme throughout the Askewniverse.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: Apart from the opening and the closing scenes, the movie takes place over one day, just like Clerks.
  • Fanservice: Rosario Dawson dancing on the rooftop of Mooby's. In a tank top. With no bra on. God bless you, Kevin Smith.
  • Fan Disservice: Emma flashing Randal is made out to be an in-universe example. Either because Randal finds her unattractive or because she's his best friend's fiancé.
    • "The Sexy Stud" in the minuscule leather gear certainly qualifies.
  • Flanderization: Some find that Randal got a little dumber between the first movie and the second. Blame Clerks: The Animated Series.
  • Foregone Conclusion: It's obvious just from watching the first twenty or so minutes of this that Dante either never got back together with Veronica or didn't end up staying with her if he did.
  • Foreshadowing: The first thing Becky does when she goes to her office is open a letter, quietly read it and curse under her breath. It's a doctor's letter telling her she's pregnant.
  • From Bad to Worse: Dante gets dumped then ten seconds later the cops arrive.
  • 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.
  • Gainaxing: The afore-mentioned fanservice during the dance sequence. In Kevin Smith's words, "She stopped. 'They' kept going."
  • Groin Attack: Emma to Dante.
  • Head-Tiltingly Kinky: The donkey show. They even perform the action while watching it.
    Becky: I'm disgusted and repulsed ...and I can't. Look. Away.
  • Heel Realization: "Y'know, come to think of it, I think my grandma actually was racist." "You think?!"
  • 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.
    Randal: 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: Randal 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. Randal then says he was right all along because the wheelchair guy had a blog.
  • Innocent Bigot: Randal didn't realize his Racist Grandma taught him some unfortunate terminology.
  • 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.
    Randall: Well listen to you. Tellin' me I can't do something because of the color of my skin? You're the racist!
  • 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.
  • Info Dump: Becky and Dante's conversation while he's painting her nails.
  • Insistent Terminology: "Oi, fucko! We prefer to call it inter-species erotica."
  • Insult Backfire:
    Pot-buying teen: Is that a fucking Bible?
    Jay: Hey, hey, the HOLY fucking Bible, son.
  • It Tastes Like Feet: Jay and Bob can apparently identify the taste of "piss and flies."
  • Jerk Ass: Randal and Lance.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Randal. He admits his true feelings towards Dante in jail.
  • Kavorka Man: Dante. Discussed twice in-universe: the first time when Becky calls Dante's looks "unconventional," and when Randal says "You've always got two good-looking chicks fighting over you, and you're this hideous fucking C.H.U.D.."
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: If you watch this movie and then watch Clerks, you'll know pretty quickly that Dante either failed to reconnect with either Veronica or has since broken up with them.
  • Late to the Realization: Randall never realized he had a Racist Grandma.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the deleted jail scene, Jay explains that he has the cash to loan Dante and Randal money because they made a movie about him and Silent Bob. Officially, it's the Movie Within A Movie Bluntman and Chronic. Unofficially, you're definitely thinking of Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back. Doubles as a Call-Back to the last View Askewniverse film.
  • Less Embarrassing Term: A character insists that something is not bestiality porn, it's "inter-species erotica."
  • Monochrome to Color: The film starts out in black and white, much like in the original film, until the Quick Stop burns down. The rest of the movie is in color until the final scene, when the Quick Stop is restored.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: "Ladies and gentlemen...and you, Elias!"
  • 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.
  • N-Word Privileges: The only time Becky loses her cool is when Randal says "porch monkey", unaware that it's a racial slur. He then proceeds to launch into a series of other similar epithets to note that those are racial slurs, except for "porch monkey". Dante also loses it, but A) He's always losing it. B) He's white. C) Becky is way more pissed off than him.
    • This was, notably, directly in front of a pair of black customers.
  • Never Live It Down: An In-Universe example is Lance Dowds, aka "Picklefucker."
  • 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?
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Randal to Dante, at the end of the movie.
  • Platonic Declaration of Love: Related to the above, Randal tells Dante he loves him, quite significant for such a character to admit. Becky also tells Dante she loves him just like she loves her parents and her car, though this turns out to be a subversion, as it's later established she is pregnant with his child and does love him in a romantic way.
  • Porn Stache: Ben Affleck's character. Jason Lee's as well, but only because he was in the middle of shooting My Name Is Earl and couldn't afford to shave it for his cameo.
  • Racist Grandma: Randal's called him a "porch monkey" and referred to a broken bottle as a "nigger knife."
    Randal: She never called any Jews "Sheeny", she just used to say "Sheeny curse" a lot. It was cute!
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Like in Clerks, when Dante tries to blame his life's failures on Randal, he loses it and tells Dante exactly what his problem is. But unlike in Clerks Dante throws it back in Randal's face, pointing out how Randal's problem is toxic to those around him and forcing Randal to admit he's life philosophy has left him miserable and lonely.
  • Running Gag: Randal mixing up Anne Frank and Helen Keller.
  • Sarcasm Failure: Randal, series snarker, who has a smart ass retort for almost anything, is simply rendered near speechless by the "Pillowpants" discussion. Although judging by his enthusiasm when he goes to tell Dante, he might just mean he's reveling in hearing Elias say the stupidest thing ever with utter sincerity.
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: Not so prevalent as in the original, but very much there at certain points.
  • Serious Business:
    Elias: Not the Rings, Randal. Say what you will about Jesus, but leave the Rings out of this.
    • And from Randal...
    • And capped off with the customer vomiting after Randal paints a very vivid picture of Frodo and Sam together.invoked
  • Shout-Out:
    • Early on in the movie Emma delivers this line to Dante: "Face it, Tiger. You just hit the jackpot!"
      • Also, Kevin Smith's mom calls him Tiger.
    • "May your first child be a masculine child!" is a quote from The Godfather.
      • And Randal says Dante will spawn a "hideous fuckin' C.H.U.D. baby."
    • Elias burning the fries is one to a similar gag in UHF.
    • Randal describes Anne Frank (confusing her with Hellen Keller) as the "deaf, dumb and blind woman."note 
    • James L. Venable's score uses a snatch from his theme song to Clerks: The Animated Series in his beginning of the donkey show scene.
  • Silent Bob: Subverted. The man himself is there and does eventually say something, but only to tell everyone thathe doesn't have anything to say.
  • Slapstick: An early scene has Elias trying to run away from Randal and Jay while they're harassing him, only to get caught on the drive-thru headphones he's wearing and fall backwards.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: More idealistic than the first Clerks.
  • 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 remarks, "I'm disgusted and repulsed and... and I... can't... look away."
  • Stunned Silence: Randall's reaction to "Pillowpants" - doubles as Sarcasm Failure, given Randal's personality.
  • Take That!: The film features a 3-minute debate on The Lord of the Rings, with Randal calling the movies boring, comparing them unfavorably the to the original Star Wars trilogy and saying in jest that there should've been a Hobbit sex scene. He mocks the movies so much that he causes a LotR fan (who is a customer at the restaurant) to vomit in disgust. Just to keep things fair, Elias and the LotR fanboy aim more than a few shots at the Star Wars prequels, which Randal doesn't bother to dispute.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: As Dante and Emma are leaving Mooby's so that Emma can show Dante his surprise, they discover a fully nude Jay dancing to "Goodbye Horses" with his dick between his legs, but treat it as no big deal and move on.
  • Vagina Dentata: Pillowpants the Pussy Troll. End of discussion.
  • The Voiceless: Like with all View Askewniverse films, averted with Silent Bob, this time at the end of the film.
    "I got nothin'."
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: When Randal makes The Lord of the Rings fan throw up.
  • Wham Line
    • "I'm pregnant, Dante."
    • To a lesser degree: "I would buy the Quick Stop and re-open it myself!"
    • In-Universe, Randal telling Dante "You're my best friend, and I love you". It's presented as the single most sincere thing he's said in his entire life.
  • You Make Me Sic: Inverted when Elias looks at the "I EAT COCK" word bubble Randal put on his employee of the month picture and says, "Well at least you spelled 'cock' right this time."
  • Your Answer to Everything: When Silent Bob finally speaks, but has no advice relevant to the conversation, Jay rips on him about it, only for Silent Bob to point out:


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