Independent comedy revolving around two 'slackers' - the harassed Dante and his foul-mouthed, dirty-minded sidekick Randal. Forced to mind the local general store when his boss 'phones in sick, Dante has to endure a stream of eccentric customers, whilst juggling his attention between his current girlfriend and a returning ex-flame. Randal makes things worse with his consumer-unfriendly antics, and when an overexcited customer passes away in the shop's toilet, Dante realises it's not going to be his day.
Before Kevin Smith became a Hollywood darling with Chasing Amy
, a film he wrote and directed, he made Clerks
, a $27,000 comedy about real-life experiences working for chump change at a New Jersey convenience store. A rude, foul-mouthed collection of anecdotes about the responsibilities that go with being on the wrong side of the till, the film is also a relationship story that takes some hilarious turns once the lovers start revealing their sexual histories to one another. In the best tradition of first-time, ultra-low budget independent films, Smith uses Clerks
as an audition piece, demonstrating that he not only can handle two-character comedy but also has an eye for action--as proven in a smoothly handled rooftop hockey scene. Smith himself appears as a silent figure who hangs out on the fringes of the store's property. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com