In 1994, director/actor Kevin Smith started a cult following with his black and white feature Clerks. The movie was a raunchy, distasteful feature about two guys stuck in life working as convenience/movie rental store clerks. The film had some powerful dialogue with nasty topics about sex and drugs that could make you cry from laughing so hard. Since, Smith has directed a variety of other features (some successful and some not), and become somewhat of an icon in pop culture for his movies and characters. In Clerks II, Smith revisits the two main characters from Clerks Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson), only ten years into the future. The movie turns out to be even racier than the first with some awfully nasty subjects that come off as humorous in a way only Smith is capable of. Clerks II is without a doubt a must-see movie.
The story finds Dante and Randal ten years after the events of the first movie. A year prior to the day, the Quick Stop burned down and the two found themselves working at Mooby's fast food restaurant. Joining Dante and Randal at Mooby's is their supervisor Becky (Rosario Dawson), a woman full of sexual energy and a personality to rival their own, Elias (Trevor Fehrman), a geeky nineteen year old Church-goer whose passion for the The Lord of the Rings competes with his own faith, and of course, Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) outside selling dope and acting goofy as ever.
The day the story takes place is Dante's last at Mooby's and in New Jersey. He was recently engaged to Emma (Jennifer Schwalbach), a beauty from his high school days. The two are moving to Florida, where Emma's dad is going to buy them a house and let Dante manage one of his car washes. Dante's future looks to be a good life. However, as the movie pans out, Dante slowly learns there might be more to the notion of happiness and success than marrying a beautiful woman, having a house, and running a successful business. Through the various events Randal, Becky, Elias, Jay, and Silent Bob go through with Dante help him really understand what is truly important about his life, and more specifically who and what is.
The drama drives the plotline and it is essential to the development of the story. The problem is, however, when the dramatic scenes come on the pace of the movie slows down. I found this to be difficult to follow because the comical portions never seemed to stop and suddenly the movie would take a complete lapse in its pace and slow down with dramatic dialogue that felt like it would never end. Fortunately, the comical aspects made it worth it.
Clerks II offers a lot of raunchy, crude jokes and situations, as well as delightfully fun characters. The events and situations include a traveling bestiality sex show, a crude rendition of The Lord of the Rings with guest star Kevin Weisman, a terrible (but oh so funny) discussion about ass to mouth sexual intercourse, and other racy, ridiculous events and situations that will get you laughing harder than you've laughed before. As for the characters, Elias is fantastic. He and Randal have some great chemistry together, with Randal constantly ripping on him for his various geeky tendencies and how Elias reacts to Randal is all too perfect. Becky also finds her way into the middle of some the funnier moments. And of course, Jay and Silent Bob continue to be ridiculous as ever and they have some great scenes together.
In the end, Clerks II proves to be a comical and outrageous masterpiece with several great performances from its cast Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Rosario Dawson, Trevor Fehrman, Jason Mewes, and Kevin Smith. While the drama portion does not live up to the comical aspects, it does not ruin the experience. The magnitude of the raunchy humor far outweighs the movie's dramatic drawbacks. In closing, you will want to be sure to see Clerks II as soon as possible.