Daniel Corleone's Movie Review of Clerks

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Clerks review
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 08/13/11

A film about a clerk named Dante Hicks (Brian O’Halloran) who is responsible for a local Quick Stop convenience store. He passes time by having hilarious conversations with Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson) and constant vilification of customers. Dante’s girlfriend Veronica (Marilyn Ghigliotti) drops by the store to converse with him. Stoners Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith) the whimsical pair tries to influence Dante to join them but declines. One of Dante’s ex-girlfriends died so the pair visits the wake. Despite the lamentation, the scene turns catastrophic, even without a slight harbinger. Randal says something to Veronica which in effect, has broken up with Dante. The vagary of Dante’s life has been disrupted, but is assured by his friend Randal. A few syntax of wisdom from the cult classic: Silent Bob: “You know, there's a million fine-looking women in the world, but they don't all bring you lasagna at work. Most of them just cheat on you.” Randal – “You're here of your own volition. You like to think the weight of the world rests on your shoulders. Like this place would fall apart if Dante wasn't here. Jesus, you overcompensate for having what's basically a monkey's job...Anybody can just waltz in here and do our jobs. You're so obsessed with making it seem so much more epic, so much more important than it really is.”

The 10th anniversary edition of the DVD is likewise loaded with special features, together with the disheartening alternate ending which was luckily unexploited. Because of its popularity, there spinoffs like the TV show, animated series, sequels and comics. This has one of the most unique and clever screenplays for a gen-X film, though crude and explicit language was used, most of it were thought provoking and straightforward based on my perspicacity. Even the one liner at times is very uproarious. A scene like Dante with Veronica - Dante: “I'M 37!?!?” Due to the lack of budget, they had to shoot on certain locations, still the cinematography and a trendy soundtrack that is ideal. I felt the film would have not been successful if the implementation of the script by the stellar cast was not credible. The dialogue was sufficient to make the film engaging and the artists made it look natural, as if you were them in the convenient or video store. In Dante’s character, we tend to experience the same quandary. We may change our paradigm in life after viewing this film because of the witty lines. Based on the flick, we may find answers from people around us, which have an effect in the denouement of our problems. Maybe the reason why the films juxtaposition to our daily lives has an impact because we can relate to it so much be it with the people we deal with, relationships and our jobs. Lucky for us, Clerks did the catharsis for us.

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